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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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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NASCAR Mailbox: Will a JTG Daugherty Car Make the Playoffs?

JTG Daugherty Racing drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Ryan Preece talks, stands against Preece’s car at 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Coming off a second-place finish on Bristol Dirt, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is solidly inside the top 15 in points (with Ryan Preece 18th as an open car). Will either JTG Daugherty Racing driver make the playoffs? – Harold C., St. Louis, Missouri This is the million-dollar question (literally) for Tad and Jodi Geschickter, as well …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Truex Helps Digest Bristol Dirt

Nascar Camping World Truck Series

#40: Ryan Truex, Niece Motorsports, Chevrolet Silverado Jacob Companies

Ryan Truex was one of the select few to actually participate in the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt and joins the podcast this week to discuss his run and season to date. With his older brother Martin dominating the Camping World Truck Series race and winning a stage in the NASCAR Cup Series race at …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Was Bristol Dirt a Success?

Bristol dirt track in 2021, overhead view, Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Should this past weekend at Bristol be considered a success given all that went into it and what they had to overcome with the rain? – Hazel B., Austin, Texas Talk about a loaded question … so much to unpack with this race and so little time to do it. First, let me lay out …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Stewart & Jessica Friesen On Historical Bristol Dirt Starts

2017 Eldora Cwts Stewart Friesen Truck Russell Labounty Nkp

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Husband and wife Stewart Friesen and Jessica Friesen are making history this weekend, becoming the second married couple to ever compete in a NASCAR national series race when they compete at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Saturday (March 27). They join Davey Segal this week to discuss why and how this specific opportunity …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Long Can Atlanta Wait to Repave?

Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney lead the NASCAR Cup Series action at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If there’s another first-time winner this season, who will it be and why do you think so? – Bart B., Clarksville, GA The possibilities are (almost) endless. The first names that come to mind are Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace. Seeing that Chase Briscoe and Stewart-Haas Racing clearly have a lot of work left to …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Vargas On Scoring His Full-Time Xfinity Ride, MTJ Snaps Streak in Phoenix

Nascar Xfinity Series

#6: Ryan Vargas, JD Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Swann Communications

Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Vargas has clawed tooth and nail for a full-time ride in NASCAR, and he got it with JD Motorsports for 2021. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss how he’s learning on a weekly basis in the series, the opportunities he’s been presented with in his …

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NASCAR Mailbox: First Michael Jordan, Now LeBron James?

Nascar Cup Series

#17: Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Roush Performance, #8: Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro

With LeBron James buying into the Boston Red Sox (and Fenway Sports Group), could we see him become involved with Roush Fenway Racing at all? – Anita P., Loudon, NH Let’s get this out of the way first: in no way do I think LeBron James bought into the Red Sox so he could have …

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Frontstretch Podcast: AJ Allmendinger on Kaulig Racing’s Positivity & Enjoying the Moment, Kyle Larson Cashes Out in Vegas

AJ Allmendinger stands next to his Xfinity car at 2021 spring Las Vegas race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

AJ Allmendinger is fresh off his Xfinity Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and stops by the podcast to chat with Davey Segal about his impressive start to the season at Kaulig Racing. The vibe at the team is unique and genuine, and Allmendinger explains why it’s fun to be driving racecars again. Plus, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is a Cup Series Return on AJ Allmendinger’s Radar?

AJ Allmendinger celebrates in victory lane with trophy after winning at Las Vegas in Xfinity 2021 race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger visited victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is now locked into the Xfinity Series playoffs. With Kaulig’s NASCAR Cup Series aspirations and Allmendinger’s resume, is a return to the Cup Series on Allmendinger’s radar? Kyle Busch came up one spot short of the Camping World Truck Series win in …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ben Rhodes Explains His Hot Start, William Byron’s Homestead Win

2021 Trucks Daytona Ben Rhodes, No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, checkered flag (Credit: NKP)

Credit: NKP

Ben Rhodes is off to a blazing hot start in the Camping World Truck Series this year, winning both races this season for ThorSport Racing, his first multi-win season of his career. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his wins at Daytona International Speedway, how he visits the shop in Ohio while living …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will This Season Have More Than 16 Winners?

Kurt Busch and Michael McDowell standing before 2021 Homestead Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With three winners already this season that aren’t your conventional names, talk of the 2021 playoff field is already heating up. After all, who would’ve expected Michael McDowell to have a spot locked up? And Christopher Bell and William Byron to have theirs this early? Will 2021 be the year that the regular season sees …

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