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Stock Car Scoop: Who Will be Kyle Larson’s Toughest Challenger for the 2021 Cup Title?

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Pocono Raceway for the only doubleheader of the year this weekend. Over two days (June 25-26), the action did not disappoint with lead changes occurring within the final two laps of each event. Alex Bowman prevailed on Saturday after Kyle Larson blew a tire; then, on Sunday, Kyle Busch survived a shaky clutch to win a strategy race based on fuel mileage.

Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek break down the action in the latest edition of their podcast, Stock Car Scoop. Tune in for full post-race analysis as to whether this two-race setup was a success as NASCAR considers adjustments to its Cup Series schedule over the long-term. Bryan and Adam also discuss whether Busch is a true top-tier title contender and which Hendrick Motorsports driver could challenge Larson for supremacy in this year’s playoff.

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About the author

Bryan Nolen is the Podcast Manager for Frontstretch.com. He also hosts the Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen and occasionally makes appearances on The Happy Hour Podcast. He has a Sportscasting degree from the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. He resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two rabbits.

Follow him on Twitter @TheBryanNolen

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4 guys, one race, whichever one has the best day. Heck of a way to determine a season champion isn’t it. Fate, chance, luck.


Poor you! Find a sport with a championship system that doesn’t give you reason to bitch.


phc off


It’s safe to say it won’t be Wallace!!


You never know. With NA$CAR money talks and to the “brain trust” every decision is based on cents.

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