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Did You Notice?: 2021 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already over halfway through NASCAR’s 26-race regular season in the Cup Series. 2021 has given us a little bit of everything: Cinderella stories (Michael McDowell’s Daytona 500 win), parity at the top (11 winners in 14 races) and a whole lot of Mother Nature raining on NASCAR’s parade (see: …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Chase Elliott Slip Slides Away With Another Victory

Chase Elliott gives fans a thumbs up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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Chase Elliott has proven himself to be quite the road warrior, and Sunday he threw another win onto his pile of accolades. The second generation NASCAR champion has 12 career wins, five of which have come on road courses. Easily overlooked, however, is the fact that his first national touring series victory was on a …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at COTA

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Nearly 3.5 miles and 20 turns await the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday (May 23) at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. So, too, does a decent chance of rain, which hovers around 40-50% for the duration of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Sunday marks the first time NASCAR’s premier touring series has visited the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Racetrack Vibes Are Slowly Getting Back to Normal

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With more tracks opening at 100% capacity, is this a sign that normality is on the horizon for the racetrack experience? — Peter B., Dover, Del. Speaking from personal experience this past weekend, I can wholeheartedly tell you the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve covered a handful of races during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly …

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Frontstretch 5: Other Noteworthy Team Sweeps in NASCAR Cup Races

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Sunday’s (May 16) Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway could not have gone more perfectly for Rick Hendrick and the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization. Between race winner Alex Bowman, runner-up Kyle Larson and fourth-place finisher William Byron, Hendrick had at least one of his cars in the lead for 382 out of 400 laps. And …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Brings Hendrick Domination That FOX Didn’t Make Better

2021 Cup Dover Aerial Shot (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

This year, Dover only gets one crack at NASCAR. When the circus visits the high-banked concrete oval with the oldest racing surface in Cup (the concrete, originally nicknamed “White Lightning,” has been in use since 1995), you never really know what’s going to happen. With the lower downforce package in play, it means that the …

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Stock Car Scoop: How Did Hendrick Motorsports Finish 1-2-3-4 at Dover?

Alex Bowman and William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports chat at Daytona International Speedway (February 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Dover International Speedway Sunday (May 16), where Alex Bowman led a historic Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 2021 Drydene 400. It’s the first time in the organization’s 37-year history they’ve swept the top four spots in a Cup race. What helped the organization trounce the rest of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover

2021 Cup Dover Alex Bowman Woo Hoo (Credit: NKP)

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What happened at Dover? Alex Bowman won the Drydene 400 at Dover on Sunday (May 16) after taking the lead on pit road and leading the final 97 laps. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five finishers. To the No. 48 pit crew … … this one's for you! …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway

Virginia Motor Speedway winner Brandon Overton rejoices after winning at Eldora Speedway (May 2021).

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The A-Main: Virginia Motor Speedway There’s no disputing it, “Big Sexy” Brandon Overton is the undisputed King of the Commonwealth. Fresh off a $5,000 win at the Natural Bridge Speedway on Friday, Overton scored a come-from-behind victory in the King race at Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday night (May 15), winning $20,000 under the Ultimate Super …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Drydene 400

Daniel Suarez at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after Drydene 400? Raise your hand if you picked Alex Bowman to be just the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to score multiple wins in 2021. Yeah, me either. Bowman has become a steady wheelman, one who’s there to challenge at the end more often. That late-race strength paid …

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