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Dropping the Hammer: Winless Denny Hamlin Leads Points As Experience Takes Over in Phoenix

Daniel McFadin Dropping the Hammer

Graphic by James Crow

OK, class, it’s time for a pop quiz! We’re through five races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. After Sunday’s (March 14) race at Phoenix Raceway, who’s the points leader? If you guessed any of the five drivers who have visited victory lane, you’d be wrong. In fact, the race winner highest in the …

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John Hunter Nemechek Stepped Down to Win & It’s Working

2021 Trucks Las Vegas Kyle Busch Motorsports driver John Hunter Nemechek, No. 4 Toyota, and Kyle Busch, No. 51 Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Did lessons John Hunter Nemechek learned in his lone NASCAR Cup Series season help him beat Kyle Busch for his first Camping World Truck Series win in three years? “For sure,” Nemechek told Frontstretch this week. Which ones? “I can’t disclose that information,” Nemechek said matter of factly. Click here for video of the full …

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Dropping the Hammer: What’s Eating Ty Dillon?

Ty Dillon at Homestead

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Near the end of a roughly 15-minute monologue posted Monday on social media, Ty Dillon reminded his audience of an important fact. “I’m not a philosopher, I’m not a perfect speaker.” He’s just a NASCAR driver with a platform. The 29-year-old driver decided to use it to let us all know that for a brief, …

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Chris Buescher ‘Most Relaxed I’ve Been in a Racecar in a Really Long Time’

Chris Buescher

Credit: James Gilbert/Getty Images

Remember Chris Buescher? If the 2015 Xfinity Series champion drifted from your mind over the last five years, he surely got your attention Sunday (Feb. 28) in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 28-year-old driver started 12th and took the lead from Brad Keselowski on lap 53. Buescher wound up winning stage …

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Dropping the Hammer: If 2021 Isn’t NASCAR’s ‘Best Season Ever,’ It Could Be Weirdest

Michael McDowell prepares to race in the 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Putting labels on something — especially ahead of time — can be dangerous. Sometimes, it comes back to haunt you. Other times? It’s unintentionally brilliant. In NASCAR, the most successful example of giving an event a label, or an awesome name, in advance was 1992’s Cup Series All-Star Race. You may also know it as …

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Camping World to Back Grant Enfinger, Others in Truck Series Race at Las Vegas

Grant Enfinger

(Photo: Marcus Lemonis Twitter)

Update (March 5): Marcus Lemonis has posted to Twitter the full roster of Camping World-sponsored trucks racing this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In all, 10 trucks will carry the scheme. pic.twitter.com/7f3Kz5Kbum — Marcus Lemonis (@marcuslemonis) March 5, 2021 Original: Truck Series sponsor Camping World will back Grant Enfinger in Friday night’s race at …

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Pole-Sitter Denny Hamlin Among Drivers Starting From Rear at Homestead

Denny Hamlin

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin is among the four drivers who will start from the rear for today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:48 p.m. ET green flag on Fox). Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota was a late add to the list due to unapproved adjustments. Hamlin is the defending winner at Homestead. Also starting from …

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Like It or Not, Road Courses Are Part of NASCAR’s Future

Ryan Blaney leads the field in the 2021 O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Denny Hamlin had just finished third in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race (Feb. 21) on the Daytona road course when he was asked the question. How did he feel about the historic number of road courses — seven — that are on the schedule this season? In his 33rd career Cup start on a road …

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Joey Logano ‘Happy’ for All the Wrong Reasons Leaving Daytona


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joey Logano is probably tired of being happy for his competitors. Through two races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup season, the Daytona 500 and Sunday’s (Feb. 21) event on the Daytona International Speedway road course, Logano has been seen leading the field with two laps to go. Each time, though, the Team Penske driver has …

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Nowhere to Go But Up For Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon at Daytona

#54: Ty Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Bass Pro Shops

Ty Dillon and I go way back. Sort of. The first NASCAR race I covered as a media member was July 26, 2014 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduate student at Indiana University earning my master’s in sports journalism, I was part of the student news bureau that covered the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that …

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Exclusive Q&A: Creator of Netflix’s NASCAR Show ‘The Crew’

Kevin James in The Crew


First things first: Netflix’s The Crew exists, like every NASCAR project made by Hollywood, in an alternate reality. In this one, the winner of the 1994 Southern 500 was not Bill Elliott. It was an underdog driver named Kevin Gibson. Fast-forwarding to modern times, Gibson (played by Kevin James) is the long-time crew chief of …

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Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski Wreck from Lead on Last Lap of Daytona 500

2021 Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Involving Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski‘s goal for the Daytona 500 was pretty simple. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of hopefully not getting caught up in somebody else’s wreck and if that happens, capitalizing,” Keselowski told media on Jan. 26. It’s an understandable goal for someone who entered Sunday’s race having wrecked out of six of the last …

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