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Alex Bowman Quietly Earns 1st Top-5 Finish of Season

Alex Bowman at Atlanta

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While all eyes were on Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson’s battle for the win Sunday (March 21) at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman quietly finished third for his first top-five finish of 2021. It was Bowman’s first top five since the Texas Motor Speedway playoff race last fall. “We kind of struggled on long runs …

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Ryan Blaney Chases Down Kyle Larson at Atlanta, Wins 5th Career Cup Series Race

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Ryan Blaney chased down a dominant Kyle Larson at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 21), executing an incredible comeback to win the first NASCAR Cup Series race for himself and Team Penske in 2021. Blaney cut a three-second gap to zero in about 20 laps, passing Larson on the frontstretch and slamming the door …

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4 Burning Questions: The Search for Even More Money

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson pack racing in 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

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What will happen next week at the first race in the PIS? This is the final 4 Burning Questions before the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, a series coming into this season with some plusses and minuses. The series, thrown together as a replacement for NASCAR last spring, was a mess. Inconsistent entries, rules and …

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Kyle Larson Joins Niece at Bristol Dirt Truck Race

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Kyle Larson will drive the No. 44 truck for Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race, the team announced Wednesday, March 17. It marks Larson’s first Truck race since 2016. He has two Truck wins, including the 2016 race at Eldora Speedway, as well as seven top fives …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Track Rotation Not the Worst Idea

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Did You Notice?… Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of a handful of tracks to gain back a second NASCAR date in the modern era after losing it? AMS will run its first NASCAR Cup Series race of 2021 this weekend (March 21) before the sport makes a return trip on July 11. There’s a lot of …

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Cliff Daniels Finding His Role as Leader While Kyle Larson Finds Success

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Cliff Daniels has only been a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for two drivers: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson. Five races into his inaugural campaign with Larson, Daniels earned his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, and the new pairing has garnered four top-10 finishes in five races. Daniels worked …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Instacart 500 at Phoenix

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What happened?  Martin Truex Jr. won the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday (March 14) after leading the final 25 laps following a pass on the last restart.  Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on his desert dominance! pic.twitter.com/PMjFeMvw7l — NASCAR (@NASCAR) …

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Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Still Searching for 2020 Form

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Sunday’s (March 14) NASCAR Cup Series race was a fairly typical event at Phoenix Raceway.  Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Instacart 500 was how little the FOX broadcast team called Kevin Harvick’s name.  It wasn’t long ago that Harvick completely dominated the desert mile.  Prior to Sunday, Harvick compiled nine wins, 18 top …

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Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Instacart 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? A grand total of 30 races separated Sunday’s Instacart 500 (March 14) from the last time Martin Truex Jr. scored a NASCAR Cup Series victory. That came under the lights at Martinsville Speedway last year. Truex was nowhere to be found in the top 10 when …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 11: Bringing Sexy Back to ‘Outlaw’ Schedules

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

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DirtonDirt this week printed what everyone that follows dirt late model racing has had on their brains at least once this season: that the best driver in the country wheeling a super late model isn’t running for a points championship in 2021. At least not yet. Move over World of Outlaws Late Models. “Big Sexy” …

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Frontstretch Podcast: AJ Allmendinger on Kaulig Racing’s Positivity & Enjoying the Moment, Kyle Larson Cashes Out in Vegas

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AJ Allmendinger is fresh off his Xfinity Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and stops by the podcast to chat with Davey Segal about his impressive start to the season at Kaulig Racing. The vibe at the team is unique and genuine, and Allmendinger explains why it’s fun to be driving racecars again. Plus, …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Chemistry Matters, Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Deepens & More

Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer race at Daytona International Speedway February 2021 Photo: NKP

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Gets Deeper Kevin Harvick sat on the pole for Sunday’s (March 7) Pennzoil 400 driving his No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. It was a great position to assert himself up front at a Las Vegas Motor Speedway track he led 92 laps at last March. Instead? Harvick never led a …

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