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Friday Faceoff: Is it Time for On-Track Qualifying to Come Back?

#10: Jeb Burton, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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Thanks to a social media fan vote, Anheuser Busch dubbed this weekend’s Cup race the “Buschy McBusch Race 400”. Is such naming genius or silly? Do you even consider it relevant either way? Luken Glover: I think it was a great way to get the fans involved, and I think many expected a crazy name …

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Valvoline Sponsoring Kyle Larson and William Byron

2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Liberty University, #5: Kyle Larson, HendrickCars.com Photo NKP

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Valvoline is increasing its primary sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports drivers Kyle Larson and William Byron from three races to five throughout the 2021-2022 NASCAR Cup Series seasons, the team announced April 27. For 2021, the lubricant brand will adorn the No. 24 Chevrolet of Byron for two events at Darlington Raceway’s throwback weekend on May 9 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 GEICO 500 at Talladega

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion, #37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger/Reese’s, #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Dog Brew, #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield, #23: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, Toyota Camry DoorDash

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What happened? Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 at Talladega on Sunday (April 25) after leading just one lap all day. William Byron, Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick and Matt DiBenedetto rounded out the top-five finishers. No stopping @keselowski today! The No. 2 car is going back to Victory Lane at @TALLADEGA! pic.twitter.com/LlyRDphhNZ — NASCAR (@NASCAR) …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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What happened? Alex Bowman won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday (April 18) following an impressive late-race restart where he lined up in third place. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five finishers. Let the party begin! 🏁 Retweet to congratulate @Alex_Bowman on a huge …

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Up to Speed: Alex Bowman Overcomes Setbacks for Richmond Win

Alex Bowman fixes his shoes at Phoenix Raceway. Photo: NKP

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On the day (April 18) when Jimmie Johnson ran his first IndyCar race, it was only fitting that Alex Bowman brought the No. 48 car back to victory lane.  Bowman emerged as a surprise winner at Richmond Raceway, a track where he had never had a top-five finish.  His 2021 win was the first for …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Nininger Tribute at Hagerstown, Racing Emotional Support Alligators?

Tim McCreadie wins the 2021 Nininger Tribute Race at Eldora Speedway. Victory Lane Photo: World Racing Group

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The A-Main: Ricky Thornton Jr. led 49 laps of Saturday’s (April 17) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, but Tim McCreadie led the one that mattered. Finding a line on the low side of turns 1 and 2 in the closing laps, McCreadie got alongside Thornton on the final …

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Stock Car Scoop: Is Martin Truex Jr. the Man to Beat at Richmond?

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates with a burnout after winning 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

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The NASCAR Cup Series is going short track racing once again and for the second consecutive week, it looks like Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite to conquer the oval in Virginia. Can he get it done for his third victory in the last four races at Richmond or could someone else arise and defeat …

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Martinsville Penalty Report: 4 Cup Teams Fined, 2 Xfinity Crew Members Suspended

William Byron leads inside line in his No. 24 Liberty University car, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson holds outside lane. Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski also race at spring Martinsville Cup, Photo NKP

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Four teams (three NASCAR Cup Series, one NASCAR Xfinity Series) fell victim to the NASCAR officials’ penalty report on Tuesday (April 13). All three Cup teams involved were caught for lug-nut violations, with each team having a single unsecured lug nut on their car at the conclusion of Sunday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain 500. FOX commentators …

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Stock Car Scoop: What is Martin Truex Jr.’s Secret at Martinsville?

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The NASCAR Cup Series went short track racing at Martinsville Speedway, and it was Martin Truex Jr. getting the victory for the third time in his last four starts at the paperclip. What is his secret? Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek dive into it that topic, why Ryan Blaney cant close the deal and get …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

2021 Martinsville I Cup Martin Truex Jr celebrates in victory lane NKP

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What happened? Martin Truex Jr. won the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville on Sunday (April 11) after a late pass for the win over a dominant Denny Hamlin. Chase Elliott, Hamlin, William Byron and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five finishers. 2️⃣9️⃣ 🏁 for the 1️⃣9️⃣@MartinTruex_Jr | @JoeGibbsRacing pic.twitter.com/72DhiLHWWL — NASCAR (@NASCAR) …

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Stock Car Scoop: Previewing Martinsville

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Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek previews the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville and gets you caught up on all the news that occurred during the Easter break. Nolen and Cheek will also discuss the Xfinity race on Friday night at the paperclip. Sign up for Stock Car Scoop on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or …

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2-Headed Monster: NASCAR Rain Tire Test a Long Time Coming or Recipe for Disaster?

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This week’s race at Martinsville Speedway (on April 10) conjures up a number of memorable images: pink hot dogs, neighborhood trains, Denny Hamlin doing Joey Logano impressions, and racing in the rain. Hey, what was that last one? NASCAR’s recent tire test evaluating the feasibility of running a wet tire at an oval with limited …

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