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Up to Speed: The Hendrick Motorsports Playoff Battle Begins Early

Hendrick Motorsports battles for position at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Earlier in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Hendrick Motorsports looked like the team to beat as all four of its drivers had won a race by Memorial Day.  Kyle Larson was particularly impressive, winning three races in a row plus the non-points All-Star race.  But William Byron, Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott all had their …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

Martin Truex Jr at Richmond Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

What happened? Martin Truex Jr. won the Federated Auto Parts Salute to First Responders 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 11) after leading the final 51 laps. Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on his WIN at @RichmondRaceway! His fourth win …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Makes the Old Dominion Its Own Dominion

2021 Richmond II Cup Martin Truex Jr Christopher Bell NKP

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After nearly doing so at the same track a couple of seasons ago, Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series stable looked to be on track for a possible 1-2-3-4 finish on Saturday (Sept. 11) night at Richmond Raceway. In 2019, it was a post-race inspection disqualification of Erik Jones‘ No. 20 that derailed the historic …

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Richmond Rout: Martin Truex Jr. Gets the Jump on the Field in the End

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in victory lane at Richmond Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Martin Truex Jr. jumped the start of the 2021 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. By the finish, he simply had the jump on everyone else. Truex fought all the way back to the front, opening up an eight-second lead after the final pit stop and cruising to victory over Denny Hamlin in the …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

2019 NASCAR Cup starting grid

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads north to Richmond Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 11) for the second race of the first round of the playoffs. Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of September’s annual Federated Auto Parts 400 in the Commonwealth, but Alex Bowman came out of nowhere in the spring this year to become the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Federated Auto Parts 400

Joey Logano, a frequent fantasy NASCAR DraftKings pick, walks through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage in 2021. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series Round of 16 holds its second race Saturday night (Sept. 11) at Richmond Raceway. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters ready for the 2021 Federated Auto Parts 400! This race marks the second time drivers will face the 0.75-mile racetrack this season. Back in April, Alex Bowman snagged his …

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Stock Car Scoop: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Return to Victory Lane at Richmond?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling at 2018 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville, NKP

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday (Sept. 11) night, the second race of the playoffs’ Round of 16. Denny Hamlin got his first win of the year last week, and that No. 11 team is heading to a track the driver’s won at multiple times. …

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Friday Faceoff: Whose Darlington Disaster Will Be Hardest to Overcome?

Alex Bowman purple No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports car at Darlington with damage on left rear, fall NASCAR Cup playoff race, NKP

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Plenty of NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers ran into trouble at Darlington Raceway. Who has the least to worry about, and who has one foot out the door? Luken Glover: Any chance at a Cinderella story was likely demolished as soon as it started for Michael McDowell. Unless he pulls off a Daytona International Speedway-like …

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Contenders? Pretenders? Too Early to Tell in NASCAR Cup Playoffs

2021 Darlington II pack Jared C. Tilton Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

If you checked the storylines leaving Sunday’s (Sept. 5) Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, you likely saw a smattering of NASCAR Cup Series playoff storylines and subsequent questions.  Are Kyle Busch, William Byron and others in jeopardy of falling by the wayside early on after their expedited exits in the postseason opener? What about Denny …

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5 Points to Ponder: Can NASCAR & Hollywood Mix in L.A.?

2021 Darlington II pack Jared C. Tilton Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

1. NASCAR Racing in L.A. Coliseum? A Hollywood affair? The NASCAR world was caught by surprise with Monday’s (Sept. 6) Labor Day bombshell in The Athletic about a potential 2022 exhibition race in Los Angeles. According to sources in the story, the Busch Clash would be moved from its traditional spot, Daytona International Speedway, to a short …

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