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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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Stock Car Scoop: Should Texas Motor Speedway Be Permanent Home of All-Star Race?

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The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (June 13) for the first time as the host of the All-Star Race. What should we expect from the race? Is the format too gimmicky? Should it go back to Charlotte? Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss this and more. Sign up for …

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10 Questions for the Final 10 Regular-Season NASCAR Cup Races

NASCAR Denny Hamlin leads a pack of NASCAR race cars in the 2021 Coca-Cola 600. Photo: NKP

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As hard as it might be to believe, the NASCAR regular season is over halfway complete. It’s been nearly four months since Michael McDowell‘s breakthrough win in the Daytona 500. Over that time we’ve seen numerous winners, stretches of dominance and a basic playoff field take shape. With the opening 16 Cup Series races down, …

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Frontstretch 5: Memorable Heartbreaking Rookie Losses

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Several key headlines emerged from last Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway, including Kyle Larson’s dominating win and the 270th team win for Hendrick Motorsports. But one driver seemingly bound to make a major headline for himself on Sunday was NASCAR Cup Series rookie Anthony Alfredo, who raced inside the top-10 for …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Should NASCAR Do With The All-Star Race?

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The All-Star Race kind of feels like The Clash to me: unnecessary and lacking luster. What should NASCAR do with it? – Brodie L., Fargo, N.D. I wish I knew, Brodie. I wish I knew. I miss the electric feel of the event. When fans came down to Charlotte in droves and visited team shops, …

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Kyle Larson on Pole for All-Star Race, Tyler Reddick for All-Star Open

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Kyle Larson‘s past month has now gotten even better. Coming off of two straight NASCAR Cup Series wins in the last two weeks, Larson has won the pole for Sunday, June 13’s All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway via random draw on Tuesday, June 8. Larson, who is tied with Martin Truex Jr. for most …

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5 Points to Ponder: Kyle Larson, King of NASCAR, is a Thing That is Happening

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1. Kyle Larson as championship frontrunner is simply wild One of the silliest parts of sports punditry is the “if the season ended today … ” syndrome, simply because the season does not, in fact, end until it ends. But the concept persists because it’s fascinating, and never more than right now in the NASCAR …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Larson-y in Sonoma As the No. 5 Team Steals Another Trophy

Kyle Larson celebrates his NASCAR Cup Series victory at Sonoma raceway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kyle Larson is one of the more naturally capable drivers in motorsports today. Since landing on one of the best teams in NASCAR prior to the start of the year, he’s made the most of his second chance. Along the way, Larson has been racking up the stats. Leading laps, winning stages, and finishing well …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Kyle Larson celebrates at Sonoma with HANS device on Photo NKP

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at his hometown track, Sonoma Raceway, on Sunday (June 6) after holding off two of the sport’s best road racers on two late restarts.  Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five finishers. Winning in NorCal makes today even sweeter …

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