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2021 NASCAR Rookie Roundup: How’d the New Guys (& Gal) Do?

Ty Gibbs celebrates in victory lane after winning 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2021 season has come to a close, and with it ends the rookie seasons for the newcomers to the sport. All three NASCAR national series saw at least two Rookie of the Year contenders, and in the case of the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, there were four apiece. With over a dozen …

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Kris Wright Joining Niece Motorsports

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kris Wright will move to Niece Motorsports for 2022 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team announced Dec. 7. Wright will drive the No. 44 full time. “I’m looking forward to joining the Niece Motorsports organization in 2022,” Wright said in a team release.  “I learned a lot last year that I think …

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4 Burning Questions: Rookie Report Card

Chase Briscoe at Charlotte, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

How have the two NASCAR Cup Series rookies performed? Now that all three NASCAR national touring series have headed into the playoffs, it’s a good time to take a look at the rookies in each series and how they did this season, especially with just two of them actually in the playoffs. Unlike traditional classes, …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Turn 6 Curb Was Not Appealing

Kyle Larson during the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 8/15/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. The Turn 6 curb was not appealing If you have seen the highlights, you know one of the premier storylines from this historic 2021 August edition of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 6 was problematic all race weekend, from the second either a NASCAR or IndyCar turned onto the asphalt. Scott McLaughlin and …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Clean Harbors 100 at Watkins Glen

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Racing Stanton Barrett, No. 12 Fast Track Racing Toyota (Credit: Emilee/Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

You know that Ty Gibbs vs. Corey Heim rivalry? Yeah, it intensified in the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Winchester Speedway. After racing at a short track, now these two get to duel with 28 other competitors making left and right turns at Watkins Glen International. The Clean Harbors 100 will be the …

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Sam Mayer, Others Frustrated as Debris Ruins Day at Pocono

2021 ARCA Pocono Sam Mayer, No. 23 Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet (Credit: Zach Sturniolo)

(Photo: Zach Sturniolo)

Sam Mayer’s first ARCA Menards Series start at Pocono Raceway went up in smoke after just 19 laps. By the time he was towed into the garage on Friday (June 25), his car wasn’t the only thing fuming. Mayer and team owner Bret Holmes were furious after reports of debris were ignored for four laps, …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono

2020 ARCA Pocono Pack Racing - Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Michael Self, No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

If Ty Gibbs wins Friday’s (June 25) ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono Raceway, he will tie the series’ all-time winning streak with five straight victories. Gibbs would join Harold Smith, Jack Bowsher, Bruce Gould, and Tim Steele, who last accomplished that feat in 1997. The good news for Gibbs? He has led 70% of …

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Ty Gibbs Wins ARCA Race at Mid-Ohio for 4th Straight Victory

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the second-ever ARCA Menards Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ty Gibbs won the 2021 Dawn 150 for his fourth straight victory on Friday, June 4. It’s his fifth win this season and his 13th career main ARCA series win. Gibbs will attempt to sweep the race weekend at Mid-Ohio tomorrow in the …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

2020 ARCA Daytona Road Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

For only the second time in ARCA Menards Series history, drivers will compete at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday (June 4). The 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, last hosted the series on July 25, 1965, with Jack Bowsher scoring the victory. This time, 16 drivers will race for 42 laps for victory in …

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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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