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Stock Car Scoop: Reaction to Silly Season News, New Hampshire Preview

Harrison Burton smiles in his DEX Imaging firesuit at 2021 Road America NASCAR Xfinity race, photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The usual suspects on Stock Car Scoop are back: Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek reunite to discuss the favorites for the NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 18), its only race there this year. Nolen and Cheek also break down the announcement of Harrison Burton climbing the ladder …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Take a Summer Vacation Every Year?

Tyler Reddick stands next to his car at 2021 spring Kansas Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Should NASCAR continue to schedule back-to-back off-weekends in the late summer even when no Summer Olympics are being held? Trenton Worsham: Not back to back, but it’d be nice for it to have two or three more weeks off scattered out throughout the year as bye weeks. Josh Roller: I like the idea of a late …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Perception, Reality & NASCAR’s Million-Dollar Problem

#10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

There was once a young driver with a reputation for winning. He built a name for himself at the local bullrings, racing — and sometimes winning — against drivers twice his age and who had been racing before he was born. He scraped together what sponsorship he could, and put more than he could probably …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Does NASCAR Have a Communication Problem?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Drivers seemed pissed off more than normal this weekend. Repave/reconfiguration at Atlanta, Next Gen safety concerns. Why the sudden anger? – Rick P., Salem, Ore. I’ve never seen Cool Hand Luke, but I know the quote from that movie that holds water and will for years and years to come in human society is this …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Quaker State 400

Tyler Reddick waits for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas to begin, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the Quaker State 400? Kurt Busch has had moments this season where he looked stout but hadn’t been able to put a winning run together.  That ended Sunday (July 11) at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Busch was dominant in the Quaker State 400. He led three times …

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Kurt Busch Outduels Brother Kyle Busch, Scores 4th Win at Atlanta

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Intermittent rain, a hole in the track and a ferocious battle with his younger brother weren’t enough to keep Kurt Busch from victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as he drove his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to a win in the Quaker State 400 on Sunday (July 11). After track repairs on deteriorated …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Quaker State 400 at Atlanta

William Byron featured in front of Joey Logano and others at Atlanta spring 2021 race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series bounces back south for its second 2021 tango with Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Sunday (July 11) afternoon’s race will mark the final appearance for NASCAR’s premier series on the current surface before extensive reconfiguring and remodeling begins in the Peach State. Nevertheless, it’ll be Ryan Blaney looking …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Drivers Have Input With Track Changes?

NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speeday

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Road America being the latest in a long line of new tracks the Cup Series have visited this season, what do you think of the trend NASCAR is doing with visiting new venues? – Scott U., Madison, Wis. I love it. Change is good. Being in the minutiae of the sport, it’s hard to look …

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Did You Notice?: 6 NASCAR Storylines to Follow With 6 Regular Season Races Left

Kyle Larson races teammate William Byron in the 2021 Pennzoil 400 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … There’s six races left in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season? After some incredible parity, with 10 different winners in the first 11 races, the 2021 playoff battle has mostly sorted itself out. We’ve had just one new winner in the last nine races as Cinderellas have been replaced by the typical …

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Dropping the Hammer: Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Catch-22

NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speeday

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I hold these three truths to be self-evident. (It’s still 4th of July week, cut me some slack). First, Atlanta Motor Speedway should have been repaved a long time ago. When Speedway Motorsports Inc., chickened out of giving the 1.54-mile track a makeover in 2017,  at the behest of a multitude of NASCAR drivers, it …

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