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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: All-Star Open & All-Star Race at Texas

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Texas may have lost one of its points-paying dates, but it gained one of NASCAR’s landmark events for 2021 in the form of the June 13 All-Star festivities. Eligibility for the annual race, long held at Charlotte Motor Speedway before moving to Bristol Motor Speedway in 2020 and then to the Lone Star State, is …

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Up to Speed: Will a Teammate Battle Decide the 2021 NASCAR Championship?

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Teammates in NASCAR often have to walk a fine line.  Drivers who compete for the same multi-car organization usually show a certain level of on-track courtesy to each other.  However, racing in NASCAR does not have the same level of comprehensive cooperation among teammates that you sometimes see in other motorsports.  Racers are expected, and …

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Kyle Larson Leads 57 Laps, Survives Late-Race Carnage to Win at Sonoma

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With 30 laps to go at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday (June 6), the trio of Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott had gapped the rest of the field by at least 10 seconds, and Larson led fourth-place Joey Logano by almost 18. Then the cautions started flying. A mostly tame return to Northern …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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

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For the first time in nearly two years, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to wine country, California’s Sonoma Raceway. Read on to set your NASCAR DraftKings lineup for Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/Save Mart 350. The 2020 event had to be shifted elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so drivers are eager to return to the …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who Should Replace Brad Keselowski in the No. 2

Brad Keselowski stands by his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at Kansas Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Brad Keselowski‘s foray into NASCAR Cup Series ownership seems to be a done deal, depending on who you ask. And aside from the question of where Keselowski would fit in at Roush Fenway Racing — new car? Replacing an existing driver? — there’s also the case of his current ride, Team Penske’s No. 2. Which …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

2021 Cup Charlotte Kyle Larson Woo-hoo celebration after Coca-Cola 600 (Credit: NKP)

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday (May 30) after a downright dominant performance where he led a career-high 327 laps.  Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, William Byron and Alex Bowman rounded out the top-five finishers. Soaking in the crown jewel W. ?@KyleLarsonRacin | #CocaCola600 pic.twitter.com/QFjnnEplxX — NASCAR (@NASCAR) …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Kaz Grala an Underrated Young Prospect?

#16: Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Hyperice

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What does the future look like for Kaz Grala? He’s consistently performed in whatever equipment he’s put in and seems to have a bright future ahead of him. – Doug K., Charlottesville, Va. If I’m a NASCAR Cup Series owner (I’m not, just for clarity here), Grala would be on my short list of candidates …

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Fire on Fridays: Racing Safety Features Work

2021 Trucks Darlington Wreck - Corey Heim, No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

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Whenever a driver is involved in a wreck, the team asks over the radio, “Are you OK?” Because while Dale Earnhardt was the last fatality in a NASCAR national series event, injuries still occur due to crashes. Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman are just three drivers who have sustained injuries in a race …

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Jonathan Hassler Filling In for Paul Wolfe at Dover

Joey Logano stands by his car at 2021 spring Kansas Cup race Photo: NKP

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Joey Logano‘s crew chief Paul Wolfe will miss this weekend’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway after being suspended by NASCAR for failing to secure two lug nuts on the No. 22 Ford Mustang after last Sunday’s (May 9) Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. According to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass, Team Penske veteran and Logano’s …

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3 Cup Teams Penalized After Kansas, Truck Engineer Reinstated

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Three teams received penalties following Sunday’s (May 2) NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, all for lug nut-related issues. Penalties were given to the Nos. 1, 17 and 22 teams of Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher and Joey Logano, respectively, after failing post-race inspection. As a result, crew chiefs Matt McCall, Luke Lambert and Paul …

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