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Drivers Continue Sounding Off on Atlanta’s Planned Repave

Kevin Harvick on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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The specter of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s surface commanded the lion’s share of attention prior to Sunday (July 11) afternoon’s Quaker State 400.   Sunday’s race will be the final event on Atlanta’s current surface before it will be repaved and reconfigured. A day after pointed and profanity-laced criticism from Kyle Busch regarding the planned repave, …

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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

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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 We’ve had just one new winner in the last nine races as Cinderellas have been replaced by the typical …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Pocono Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Alex Bowman won the Pocono Organics CBD 325 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday (June 26). Then, Kyle Busch won the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on Sunday (June 27) in the second race of the Pocono doubleheader. 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/TMoq6OIkJr — NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 26, 2021 Rowdy Nation, this one's for you! 🙌 Retweet …

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Kyle Busch Saves Just Enough Fuel, Wins Pocono Stuck in 4th Gear

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Halfway through the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (June 27), Kyle Busch‘s day took what seemed like a downward turn. Busch suffered transmission problems and his car wouldn’t go up through the gears properly, forcing driver and team to stick the car in fourth gear for the remainder of the …

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Alex Bowman Wins Pocono After Kyle Larson Cuts Tire on Last Lap

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Kyle Larson was well on his way to his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series win, which would rank him alongside legends like Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt in the record books. Then, in true Hollywood fashion, on the last corner of the last lap, he cut a tire. His teammate Alex Bowman, who …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Pocono Organics CBD 325

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To paraphrase the late, great Chicago Cub Ernie Banks: “Let’s race two!” A duo of NASCAR Cup Series races will be held at the triangular Pocono Raceway on the final weekend of June in 2021, on the 26th and 27th, with the opener on Saturday (June 26) set for 3 p.m. ET. The recently dominant …

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4 Burning Questions: Welcome to the Sam Mayer Era

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Can anybody stop Sam Mayer? This weekend, Sam Mayer turns 18 and will spend his second day as an adult making his first start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The son of former part-time IndyCar Series driver Scott Mayer, Mayer has found success in everything he has strapped into. In 2018, after a successful preteen …

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NASCAR 101: Doubleheader Weekends, Past & Present

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Doubleheader weekends are not a new idea when it comes to motorsports. It’s not even a new idea when it comes to NASCAR. However, regarding the nation’s most popular motorsport, the idea of running two races in one weekend at the same track is something NASCAR has only recently decided to undertake. This weekend at …

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Kevin Harvick, Unibet Team Up for 3 Cup & Xfinity Races

Kevin Harvick on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Unibet will be a primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick in two NASCAR Cup Series events and one Xfinity Series race later this season, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday, June 23. It will be aboard the No. 4 Ford at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Aug. 15 and at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 31. Unibet …

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Frontstretch 5: Wackiest NASCAR Moments at Pocono Raceway

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With a memorable weekend at Nashville Superspeedway behind us, the main three NASCAR series will travel to Pocono Raceway this coming weekend to conclude the month of June. Nestled within the serene Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania, the lush, green atmosphere of the facility has made it a popular choice among fans for years. Pocono Raceway …

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Zach’s Turn: Stewart-Haas Racing Earns Much-Needed Boost in Nashville

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That Stewart-Haas Racing has had a dismal year is no breaking news. Perhaps, though, the organization’s run at Nashville Superspeedway finally provided a turning point. Aric Almirola‘s miserable season had a sizeable uptick in performance by claiming pole position in a rare qualifying session and managed to translate that into a fourth-place finish. Meanwhile, teammate …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: New Track, Same Winner as Larson Does It Again

Kyle Larson crosses the finish line at Nashville Superspeedway in the Ally 400, June 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kyle Larson is on the kind of run that doesn’t happen very often in NASCAR Cup Series racing. Dominance is frequent but it usually comes in the form of a driver winning many races in a year. The suffocating stranglehold of winning one race after another for weeks on end is a whole other level. …

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