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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Echopark Texas Grand Prix

Chase Briscoe smiling at 2021 Homestead Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

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Who … should you be talking about after the Echopark Texas Grand Prix? More than a few people were surprised the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion went this deep into the year without a win. But no one was shocked that Chase Elliott picked up that first victory of 2021 Sunday (May 23) at Circuit …

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Up to Speed: Has the Tide Turned for Ross Chastain?

Ross Chastain at COTA

Ross Chastain on track at COTA (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR’s inaugural weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas featured plenty of surprises.  But one positive outcome that most fans might not have anticipated was a great run for Ross Chastain. Chastain is in the midst of his first full-time NASCAR Cup Series season with Chip Ganassi Racing.  Prior to 2021, he …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at COTA

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Nearly 3.5 miles and 20 turns await the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday (May 23) at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. So, too, does a decent chance of rain, which hovers around 40-50% for the duration of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Sunday marks the first time NASCAR’s premier touring series has visited the …

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‘We Get Paid To Adapt’: NASCAR Crew Chiefs Prep for Unknowns of COTA

Daniel Hemric at COTA

Via Speedway Motorsports and HHP/Harold Hinson)

One word you don’t hear thrown around often in NASCAR is “potpourri.” But NASCAR has also never competed at the Circuit of the Americas before. That changes this weekend as all three of its national series will race on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course for the first time. And it has Cup Series crew chief …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Drydene 400

Daniel Suarez at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after Drydene 400? Raise your hand if you picked Alex Bowman to be just the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to score multiple wins in 2021. Yeah, me either. Bowman has become a steady wheelman, one who’s there to challenge at the end more often. That late-race strength paid …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Drydene 400

Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin race side-by-side in the 2021 Daytona 500, Photo NKP

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The NASCAR Cup Series travels north to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s (May 16) Drydene 400. Who will tame Miles the Monster and earn a high daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings score? Keep reading for my top prospects for this weekend’s race. Wait a second; why is Dover called the Monster Mile? Well, oftentimes the track …

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Frontstretch 5: Five Winningest Tracks for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Ever since the team’s inception in 1992, Joe Gibbs Racing has become a monolith of what a successful NASCAR organization looks like. A whopping 190 wins and five Cup owner championships are part of a certain Hall-of-Fame bound legacy established by the will and perseverance of its founder. “Coach” Joe Gibbs continues to preach a …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Makes 19 the New 78 with Darlington Win

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

While some drivers want to get away from Darlington faster than getting out of Society Hill after a speeding ticket, other drivers are glad they visited for Throwback Weekend. But the stats and radar gun do not lie: Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race at Darlington Raceway while becoming the first driver to reach three …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2021 NASCAR Manufacturer Parity Among Ford, Chevy & Toyota

All three NASCAR manufacturers (Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota) battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP) Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott

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1: NASCAR manufacturer parity … At the top 12 races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, it’s clear three organizations have separated from the rest of the pack. Joe Gibbs Racing (with Darlington Raceway winner Martin Truex Jr.), Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports are the sport’s new Big 3, sweeping 10 of the top …

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Dropping the Hammer: Consistency About to Get Harder for Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin at Darlington

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For all intents and purposes, Denny Hamlin had a quiet Sunday (May 9) at Darlington Raceway. But it wasn’t a bad day, at least from an outsider’s perspective. After starting fourth, Hamlin and the No. 11 team placed second in stage one and fourth in stage two before finishing fifth. Hamlin left South Carolina with …

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