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Up to Speed: Kyle Busch Up, Denny Hamlin Down at Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch talk before 2021 Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race Photo: NKP

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At the end of the 2019 season, Joe Gibbs Racing was fortunate to have three drivers in position to compete for the championship.  Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. had all battled through the playoff gauntlet and were one race away from winning the title.  Hamlin was coming off a win the previous …

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Kyle Busch Saves Just Enough Fuel, Wins Pocono Stuck in 4th Gear

2021 Pocono II Cup Kyle Busch win NKP

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Halfway through the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (June 27), Kyle Busch‘s day took what seemed like a downward turn. Busch suffered transmission problems and his car wouldn’t go up through the gears properly, forcing driver and team to stick the car in fourth gear for the remainder of the …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: New Track, Same Winner as Larson Does It Again

Kyle Larson crosses the finish line at Nashville Superspeedway in the Ally 400, June 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kyle Larson is on the kind of run that doesn’t happen very often in NASCAR Cup Series racing. Dominance is frequent but it usually comes in the form of a driver winning many races in a year. The suffocating stranglehold of winning one race after another for weeks on end is a whole other level. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Ally 400 at Nashville

Kyle Larson holds up the Ally 400 trophy at Nashville Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (June 20) after another incredible performance for his third consecutive points-race win (fourth counting the All-Star Race).  Ross Chastain, William Byron, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers. Charlotte: Kyle LarsonSonoma: Kyle Larson All-Star Race: Kyle Larson@NashvilleSuperS: Kyle Larson@KyleLarsonRacin …

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Stock Car Scoop: What Should We Expect at Nashville?

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The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Nashville Superspeedway for the very first time on Sunday (June 13), while the Xfinity and Truck Series are back for the first time in a decade. What should the expectations be this weekend, and who could be holding a Gibson Les Paul guitar trophy at the end of Sunday’s …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Larson Shines on All-Star Sunday

Kyle Larson celebrates his win in the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kyle Larson is good at winning. Okay, so that seems like an obvious statement, but it really holds a lot of truth. His prowess on dirt became nearly legendary last year during his NASCAR suspension, and he’s wheeled the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 into victory lane for three weeks in a row. One can’t help …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas

2021 Texas all Star Race Kyle Larson Burnout NKP

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas on Sunday (June 13) after a bold pass for the lead in the final round. Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. YUNG MONEY LARSON.@KyleLarsonRacin wins for the third week in a row, winning the #AllStarRace for …

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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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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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