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Austin Dillon Running 2 Races for Our

2021 Phoenix Cup Austin Dillon NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Dillon will join brother Ty as drivers of Our Motorsports’ No. 23 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, Our announced June 18. Dillon will drive for the team at Watkins Glen International and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The pair of starts mark Dillon’s return to the series after last competing at …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who Should Replace Brad Keselowski in the No. 2

Brad Keselowski stands by his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at Kansas Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski‘s foray into NASCAR Cup Series ownership seems to be a done deal, depending on who you ask. And aside from the question of where Keselowski would fit in at Roush Fenway Racing — new car? Replacing an existing driver? — there’s also the case of his current ride, Team Penske’s No. 2. Which …

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Timothy Peters, Rackley WAR Part Ways

Nascar Camping World Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Timothy Peters will no longer drive Rackley WAR’s No. 25 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team announced June 1. Josh Berry will drive the team’s truck at the upcoming races at Texas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Pocono Raceway. A driver beyond Pocono has not yet been named. “We appreciate the foundation …

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NASCAR Championship Weekend Returning to Phoenix for 2022

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson pack racing in 2021 spring Phoenix NASCAR Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Though the 2022 NASCAR schedule has not yet been released, at least one important piece of the puzzle has been confirmed. The season-ending championship weekend will again return to Phoenix Raceway in 2022, NASCAR announced June 1. 2022 will mark the third straight season Phoenix hosts the season finale for the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and …

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Trey Poole Filling In As Chase Elliott’s Spotter

2021 Cota Cup Chase Elliott Nkp

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Trey Poole will serve as Chase Elliott‘s spotter this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series, according to NASCAR’s roster portal. Poole will sit atop the spotter’s stand at Charlotte Motor Speedway while filling the role vacated by Eddie D’Hondt, who was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR May 26. Poole, who is Elliott’s cousin, has previously assisted …

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Fire on Fridays: Where’d All These New Guys Come From?

Spencer Pumpelly 2019 Long Beach

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Before the 2021 NASCAR season even began, this column pointed out the possibility of a proliferation of newcomers on the national level based on the then-newly released Daytona International Speedway entry lists plus some of the already-announced driver lineups for the coming weeks. But I don’t know if anyone expected this. This weekend, all three …

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Justin Haley Cleared to Return at COTA

Justin Haley at Las Vegas spring Cup race NKP

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Justin Haley has been medically cleared to return to competition at Circuit of the Americas after missing last week’s events due to COVID-19 protocols, Kaulig Racing announced May 19. Haley missed the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series races at Dover International Speedway for Spire Motorsports and Kaulig, replaced in the events by Josh Berry and …

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Entry List: 2021 Echopark Texas Grand Prix

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas will feature 40 entries, meaning all will qualify, barring any entry list changes. The three open teams joining Ryan Preece’s full-time No. 37 in the field include the No. 16 for AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric’s No. 33 and Ty Dillon in the No. 96. …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s What Throwback Weekend Is Missing

2008 Truck Michigan Erik Darnell NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock)

It’s easy to be resistant to gimmickry, but despite toeing that line ever so slightly, NASCAR’s now-annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway remains a good time. Well, maybe not for the teams’ spotters. But for others, the weekend is a bit of a treat, not just from the TV broadcasts of the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity …

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Raphael Lessard Out at GMS

Raphael Lessard stands at Daytona 2021 truck race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Raphael Lessard is out of the No. 24 at GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effective immediately, GMS announced May 3. According to GMS’ tweet, Lessard will not be in the ride for the remainder of the season “due to unfortunate circumstances.” A separate release from Lessard noted that funding had become …

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Harrison Burton Attempting Cup Debut at Talladega

Harrison Burton reaches out to helmet on his car at 2021 Xfinity Phoenix race Photo NKP

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Harrison Burton will attempt to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut with Gaunt Brothers Racing at Talladega Superspeedway next week, GBR announced April 15. Burton will field the No. 96, sponsored by longtime backer Dex Imaging. The No. 96 is not a full-time team but will likely be in the field based on its owner’s …

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