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Stock Car Scoop: How Big a Statement did Joe Gibbs Racing Make at Las Vegas?

Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing talks on pit road at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March 2021. (Photo: NKP)

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to Las Vegas was helmed by Denny Hamlin, who scored his second win of 2021 in Sin City and locked himself into the Round of 8. Did Joe Gibbs Racing assert their dominance in the championship race after posting a 1-3-4 finish and the win? How do the woes of …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Notches Critical Performance at Las Vegas

2021 Cup Las Vegas Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota, and Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota (Credit: NKP)

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Joe Gibbs Racing has lamented its shortcomings at 550-horsepower racetracks all season, but the team’s performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway should quell that concern. Denny Hamlin led a 1-3-4 finish for JGR on Sunday night (Sept. 26) with teammates Kyle Busch third and Martin Truex Jr. fourth. Good runs are always appreciated, but a run …

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Denny Hamlin Dominates Las Vegas, Wins 1st Race in Sin City

2021 Cup Las Vegas Denny Hamlin, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The mayhem of Bristol in mid-September was followed by a very calm, near-serene race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Denny Hamlin won stage two and cruised to the race win ahead of Chase Elliott, securing the No. 11 a spot in the Round of 8. With his second win of the season, Hamlin can …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Tires ‘Cutting’ Fantastic Finishes Short

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The big topic coming out of NASCAR’s weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway was the feud between NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott. But whether Harvick was in the wrong or Elliott was in the wrong doesn’t really matter. Because neither driver was the true culprit of the incident. No, the true …

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Bristol Scuffle Headlines New Round of NASCAR Playoff Unpredictability

Kevin Harvick fights with Chase Elliott at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s been a while since the NASCAR Cup Series has had the makings of a big feud, hasn’t it? Let alone the playoffs, it’s been a quiet past couple years as a whole for the Cup Series. In fairness, drivers couldn’t exactly get near one another in 2020 (Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton would beg …

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5 Points to Ponder: Sorry We Took You for Granted, Bristol

Kevin Harvick fights with Chase Elliott at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Did we all just fall in love with racing at Bristol again? It’s probably not fair to say NASCAR fans in general had soured on Bristol Motor Speedway. There’s always a strong outcry of “more short track races” whenever thought pieces are concocted on how to “fix” the Cup Series schedule, and it’s hard …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Bass Pro Shops Night Race

ARCA cars race in a blur at Bristol Motor Speedway

(Photo: ARCA Racing)

It’s Bristol, baby! And it’s elimination time for four drivers heading into the half-mile “Last Great Colosseum” near the state border between Virginia and Tennessee. A quartet of playoff competitors will be sent home once the checkered flag flies late Saturday (Sept. 18) night, with 500 laps standing between the 16 playoff drivers and either …

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Dropping The Hammer: NASCAR Cup Drivers React to Largest Next Gen Car Test Yet

NASCAR Next Gen Car at Daytona

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Five months before its official debut, the club of NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have gotten a crack at the Next Gen car grew last week. For two days at Daytona International Speedway, eight drivers took part in what was primarily a Goodyear Tire test at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The group was a combination of …

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Did You Notice?: Have NASCAR Playoffs Changed Perception 17 Years In?

Alex Bowman pack racing at Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs have flipped the script on two of its biggest teams? Stewart-Haas Racing has struggled through the worst year of its existence. SHR has just one win, a darkness-shortened New Hampshire Motor Speedway upset by Aric Almirola. Marquee driver Kevin Harvick sits winless a year after setting a …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Truex Back on the Radar After Richmond Win

Martin Truex Jr. is often a NASCAR DraftKings pick on road courses, seen here at Circuit of the Americas. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Much of the championship talk has centered around Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson, the most dominant duo in the Cup Series this season. Larson has been a winning machine and Hamlin mind-bogglingly consistent. But while those two are at the forefront of most minds as they pursue their first Cup crown, a former champion reminded …

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