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Did You Notice?: 3 Things That Will Make or Break NASCAR Next Gen

2022 Next Gen cars Chevrolet Ford Toyota Jared C Tilton Getty

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Did You Notice? … The NASCAR Next Gen car was revealed last week? Now that the dust has settled a bit, let’s go back and take a look at the changes in store for stock car racing in 2022. Of course, hype from all around the industry is that this car, over two years in the …

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Tracking the Trucks: Sheldon Creed Victorious in Darlington Throwback

2021 Trucks Darlington Sheldon Creed Flag (Credit: NKP0

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Sheldon Creed scored his first victory of 2021 when he took the checkered flag Friday night (May 7) at Darlington Raceway ahead of Ben Rhodes. Almost fittingly, the caution-filled race ended under yellow following five cautions in the final 50 laps. Rookie Carson Hocevar finished third, followed by ThorSport Racing teammates Matt …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Best — & 5 Worst — Throwback Paint Schemes

2020 Darlington III fall Reed Sorensen throwback car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway. The concept seems to be starting to wear out just a bit. In fact, the vast majority of Cup throwbacks this year are either bad or just average. All of the truly great NASCAR schemes have been done to death, and very few sponsors want to actually throwback to …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s What Throwback Weekend Is Missing

2008 Truck Michigan Erik Darnell NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock)

It’s easy to be resistant to gimmickry, but despite toeing that line ever so slightly, NASCAR’s now-annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway remains a good time. Well, maybe not for the teams’ spotters. But for others, the weekend is a bit of a treat, not just from the TV broadcasts of the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Erik Darnell, Ryan Reed Highlight Darlington Changes

Erik Darnell to drive No. 45 truck

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series kicks off a tripleheader with the Xfinity and NASCAR Cup series at Darlington Raceway. The seventh annual Throwback Weekend marks the first time the Truck Series was actually scheduled to participate. In previous years, the series didn’t even race at Darlington and only made its return to the …

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Entry List: 2021 LiftKits4Less.com 200

2020 Darlington Trucks pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This weekend’s LiftKits4Less.com 200 marks just the eighth time in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history that the division has visited Darlington Raceway and just the second time since 2011. Last year’s throwback event was won by Ben Rhodes, who already has two wins this season and heads to South Carolina second in points. Plenty …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

Brad Keselowski won the spring race at Richmond on a last-lap pass, having to outrace Greg Biffle after dominating the event. This time, Keselowski came within an inch of making another last-lap pass for the win, though he wasn’t the dominant driver this time around. That honor went to Virginia 529 College Savings 250 winner Kevin Harvick, who led 170 circuits en route to scoring his third win of the year.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Captures 2009 Rookie of the Year Award Despite Rocky Finish

There were certainly some positives to take out of the 2009 season finale for this year’s rookies and almost rookies. Scott Speed tied his career-best qualifying effort. Marcos Ambrose started the Ford 400 like he was shot out of a cannon, mixing it up with the sport’s best names. Brad Keselowski finally broke into the top 30 with his new team. Finally, Joey Logano secured the 2009 Rookie of the Year title and was one broken part away from a top-10 finish.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Ford 300 at Homestead

If nothing else, the Ford 300 was certainly a microcosm of the 2009 season. Brad Keselowski and Jason Leffler ran hard with good cars, but not good enough to challenge Carl Edwards or Kyle Busch (though in all fairness, both were also involved in incidents). And as for the two Cup superstars who resigned themselves …

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Bubble Breakdown: Robby Gordon Clinches Spot in Top 35 as Speed, Andretti Stumble

To say it was a good news/bad news week for some of our bubble teams is an understatement. On the plus side, TRG Motorsports got a huge early Christmas present in the form of a signed contract from Bobby Labonte to drive for that team full-time in 2010. Labonte brings creditability along with a past …

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