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NASCAR Mailbox: It’s Time to Pay More Attention to William Byron

William Byron walks the pits at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. (Photo: NKP)

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William Byron is quietly having one of the best seasons to date in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is he a legit championship contender right now? – Kyle U., Lincoln, Nebraska In a word: yes. Byron has 10 straight top-10 finishes this season, breaking Jeff Gordon’s previous record in the same numbered car at the same …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Makes 19 the New 78 with Darlington Win

2021 Darlington I Cup Martin Truex Jr. Burnout NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

While some drivers want to get away from Darlington faster than getting out of Society Hill after a speeding ticket, other drivers are glad they visited for Throwback Weekend. But the stats and radar gun do not lie: Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race at Darlington Raceway while becoming the first driver to reach three …

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Dropping the Hammer: William Byron Racing for Mother After Her Brain Tumor Diagnosis

William Byron

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At first, William Byron wasn’t sure if he would even share the news with his race team, let alone the rest of the world. But on Tuesday (May 4), the Hendrick Motorsports driver informed the public about what his family has been dealing with for the last month. His mother, Dana, has been diagnosed with …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com 2021 Martinsville I Cup NKP

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NASCAR Cup Series teams make their way to the Sunflower State this weekend for some 1.5-mile action at Kansas Speedway. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters ready for the Buschy McBusch Race 400, airing Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m. ET. After taking on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway, drivers head to …

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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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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Keselowski Leaves Talladega With a 6 Pack

#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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Talladega Superspeedway has always been a unique challenge, dating back to the first ever visit that NASCAR made to the 2.66-mile behemoth. The reasons that make it so have changed over the 52 years it’s been part of the sport’s racing schedule, but the hurdles between each competitor and victory still loom just as large. …

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Zach’s Turn: Joey Logano’s Tumble Highlights Need for Change in Superspeedway Racing

Joey Logano Flip Talladega NASCAR

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The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (April 25) was another superspeedway race producing an exciting finish. Joey Logano just wasn’t around to see it. That’s because this handling package sent another car airborne, leaving a NASCAR champion after another superspeedway race scared for his safety and clamoring for major changes. It’s the dichotomy …

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Two NASCAR-Filled Months into 2021, A (Slight) Return to Normalcy

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Things are starting to get better! I got my first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (thanks, Mark Martin!) almost two weeks ago. Fortunately, I only had minimal soreness in a couple of pangs that lasted a few seconds apiece and then felt a little more tired than usual that night, so I’m looking forward to …

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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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Frontstretch Podcast: William Byron Dishes on Hendrick Resurgence Ahead of Martinsville

William Byron with crew chief Rudy Fugle before 2021 Daytona Road course Cup event Photo NKP

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Fresh of an off weekend, William Byron is geared up for Martinsville Speedway with a win under his belt, and joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his season to date. He explains why adding Rudy Fugle to the No. 24 team came with some familiarly, but also added pressure and how Chad Knaus’ new …

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eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series: William Byron Claims Win at Virtual Bristol Dirt

William Byron beats Tyler Reddick on eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series 2021 Bristol dirt Photo NASCAR

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Wednesday night (March 24) marked the return of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series. After the successful run last year during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR and Fox decided to bring it back for another year with all of the Cup drivers for the 2021 season, plus a few special guests. While the world …

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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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