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Xfinity Breakdown: Production Alliance Group 300 Shines Green Light on Small Teams

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California native Cole Custer took home the checkered flag after a long day of domination at Auto Club Speedway, scoring the first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 321 starts for SS Green Light Racing and owner Bobby Dotter. The Production Alliance Group 300 was a long one, with an air time near four hours. The …

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Did You Notice?: 3 Things That Will Make or Break NASCAR Next Gen

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Did You Notice? … The NASCAR Next Gen car was revealed last week? Now that the dust has settled a bit, let’s go back and take a look at the changes in store for stock car racing in 2022. Of course, hype from all around the industry is that this car, over two years in the …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Breaking on Through to the Other Side (Finally)

Three-wide NASCAR racing action in the 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: NKP

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Last week, I discussed the biggest and most imposing winless streaks in the Daytona 500, past and present alike. Given what transpired in Sunday’s (and partially Monday morning’s) 2021 edition of the Great American Race, it seems somewhat fitting that a winless streak of a different variety was broken. Michael McDowell is the eighth man …

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Trevor Bayne, Take II: Fresh Start in NASCAR After Rough Roush Fenway Ending

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Two years ago, Trevor Bayne‘s NASCAR career looked bleak, having been let go from Roush Fenway Racing prior to the 2019 season. Bayne, then-27 years old, competed in 21 of 36 races during the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season, splitting the ride with 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth. But after spending the bulk of the …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

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Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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Did You Notice?: Talladega’s Modern-Day Myth That Anyone Can Win

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Did You Notice? … Talladega Superspeedway is often referred to as the track “where anyone can win.” Pack racing keeps the entire field of 40 cars stuck together like superglue most of the event. Add in Russian Roulette-style wrecks that often eliminate 15, sometimes 20 cars at once and you get the perfect storm for underdogs …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Returning to Richmond Raceway for the Final Regular Season Race

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For the second week in a row, the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series makes its return to a track it hasn’t visited in several years. In fact, Thursday night (Sept. 10) will mark the first time the Truck Series has run at Richmond Raceway since 2005. One of only four tracks remaining from the …

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4 Burning Questions: NASCAR Is Doing What In California?

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They’re doing what to Fontana? This week, after The Athletic broke the news, NASCAR confirmed that they are pursuing plans to effectively turn the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California into a half-mile short track. The course looks to be a hybrid of all three of the current NASCAR Cup Series short tracks in …

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