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Stock Car Scoop: Did NASCAR Officiating Over Chase Elliott’s Bumper Decide the Round of 8?

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The Round of 12 concluded at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL Sunday (Oct. 10), a rollercoaster 109-lap race in which nearly every playoff driver faced adversity. However, the biggest controversy coming out of the event was NASCAR’s decision not to black flag Chase Elliott while his rear bumper cover flapped in the wind for multiple laps …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Bank of America ROVAL 400

Chris Buscher pilot the No. 17 Fastenal Ford in the 2021 Bank of America ROVAL 400. Photo: NKP

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? Is Kyle Larson the most talented driver in the NASCAR Cup Series? He has some stiff competition in that department, but the 2021 season has left little question that Larson is among today’s elite drivers. He learned to close races, and once he did, he …

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Kyle Larson Survives ROVAL Chaos, Wins 7th Race of 2021

Kyle Larson celebrates his victory in the 2021 bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo: NKP

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When the smoke and debris cleared, Kyle Larson emerged victorious after a hectic, chaotic race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, securing one of the Round of 8’s spots as four drivers were eliminated from playoff competition. Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman and William Byron ended up on the wrong side of the playoff …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte

Chase Elliot leads a pack of cars in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo NKP

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It’s time for the NASCAR Cup Series to take to the only road course of the postseason, with the Charlotte Roval set for Sunday (Oct. 10) afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s hybrid layout. Sunday also marks the final race of the Round of 12, and four drivers will be eliminated once the checkered flag waves. …

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Friday Faceoff: Has Time Run Out for NASCAR’s Damaged Vehicle Policy?

#5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Cincinnati on pit road at Talladega fall NASCAR Cup playoff race 2021

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Kyle Larson wound up crashing during a feverish attempt to record a fast enough lap to avoid being parked by the NASCAR damaged vehicle policy in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Does the current rule need any tweaking? Josh Roller: I’ve noticed when crews are repairing a car while under the clock, they …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Yellawood 500

Bubba Wallace celebrates his NASCAR Cup Series win in the Yellawood 500 at Talladega, October, 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Say all you want about rain-shortened races, but here’s what went down in ‘Dega: teams knew the rain was imminent, and there were racing like it was the closing laps, because at a track without lights that takes hours to dry and autumn shortening the days dramatically, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

Bubba Wallace lead a pack cars in the 2021 Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Photo: NKP

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What happened? Bubba Wallace won the weather-shortened YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday (Oct. 4) after rain halted the race, 117 laps into the 188-lap event. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Christopher Bell rounded out the top five finishers. FIRST WIN for @BubbaWallace! Taking that hardware home from @Talladega! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/VbefdK4h5X — …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: YellaWood 500 at Talladega

A pack of NASCAR race cars running the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP)

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Likely the most dreaded event of the NASCAR playoffs for any series, Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile oval looms in the Cup Series’ drivers’ windshields for Sunday (Oct. 3). It’s the second race of the Round of 12, and the goliath down in Alabama has already produced its share of chaos during the weekend. Multiple multi-car (and …

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Kevin Harvick’s Crew Chief Suspended, Multiple Teams Penalized After Las Vegas Weekend

Kevin Harvick No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Subway colors, 2021 Las Vegas Cup playoff race, NKP

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Kevin Harvick‘s crew chief Rodney Childers has been suspended from this weekend’s event at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday Oct. 3 after two loose lug nuts were found on the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford during post race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Childers will be replaced by crew chief veteran Greg Zipadelli.  Childers has …

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Zach’s Turn: William Byron Faces Déjà Vu as Playoffs Bring More Trouble

William Byron

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William Byron had to dig deep at Bristol Motor Speedway to pull himself above the playoff cut line and advance to the Round of 12. But another round has brought another points hole for Byron to crawl out of after a night of missteps that led him to an 18th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor …

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