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Friday Faceoff: Who’s This Year’s Most Surprising Non-Winner So Far?

Chase Elliott featured racing ahead of the pack at spring Atlanta Cup race 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

No shortage of surprise NASCAR Cup Series winners so far in 2021, but who are you most surprised hasn’t won a Cup race in 2021? Luken Glover: An easy answer would be Kevin Harvick due to the lack of speed and dominance that we’ve seen from him the past three years. However, Denny Hamlin is …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Drivers Be Allowed to Fight?


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Six different drivers have won the first six NASCAR Cup Series races. How many more weeks will the streak continue? Which driver breaks it? Luken Glover: The streak is in jeopardy this week at Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt track with guys like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell in the field. I am not going to …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Allgaier Holds Off Dominant Truex Jr.; Gragson and Hemric Throw Fists Post-Race

2021 Xfinity Atlanta Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Victory Lane (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

It didn’t take long for two-time Xfinity Series champion Martin Truex Jr. to get his sea legs back after an 11-year absence in the series on Saturday (March 20) in the EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It only took Truex seven laps to drive from his 18th-place starting position to the lead. However, a …

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Friday Faceoff: Should More Teams Let a Dirt Ace Pilot Their Bristol Entry?

Stewart Friesen

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Which new driver/crew chief combo will win next in the NASCAR Cup Series after four of them have won in the first five races? Josh Roller: The way Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team is finishing, it’s a toss-up between Busch-Ben Beshore and Bubba Wallace-Mike Wheeler at 23XI Racing. But it …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Survives Chaotic Final Restart, Wins in Phoenix

NASCAR Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

To say restarts on the current Phoenix Raceway configuration are crazy, especially late-race restarts, is putting it lightly. While pandemonium unfolded behind Austin Cindric in the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 on Saturday (March 13), Justin Allgaier in the final made a move on his outside, entering turn one on the final restart with …

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Xfinity Breakdown: AJ Allmendinger Cruises to Victory; Daniel Hemric is Bridesmaid for 8th Time

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A caution-filled first two stages of Saturday’s (March 6) Alsco Uniforms 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway seemed to have given away to a calm, cool and collected final stage when AJ Allmendinger snatched the lead from Daniel Hemric on lap 139. Within the next 10 laps, the Xfinity Series field started a round of …

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Friday Faceoff: Is William Byron a Championship Contender?

William Byron celebrates in victory lane at Homestead 2021 cup Photo Sean Gardner Getty Images

(Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Buy or sell: William Byron as a Cup Series Championship 4 contender. Luken Glover: At this moment I am buying it. One of the biggest underlying stories of the preseason was the reunion of William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle. Why is that pairing so special? Well, just five years ago, the pair won …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Myatt Snider “Slays” 2-Time Xfinity Champion; Noah Gragson Leaves Irritated


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With three laps to go, Noah Gragson looked to have the Contenders Boats 250 victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday (Feb. 27) in the bag until David Starr had a right-front tire go down. Starr climbed the banking in turn 3, and Gragson had nowhere to go and plowed into the rear of Starr’s Toyota. …

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Friday Faceoff: How Many Road Courses Is Too Many?

Chase Elliott leads the pack at 2021 Daytona road course Photo NKP

(photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Does the NASCAR Cup Series schedule feature too many road courses? What is the ideal number? Luken Glover: Yes. Road courses can present great racing, but there are a lot of times when they are uneventful races too. Sometimes they can be wreckfests, like we saw in all three series in some capacity at the …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Outlasts Austin Cindric, Wins in 1st Start

Ty Gibbs Celebrates in Victory Lane 2021 Daytona Road Xfinity, Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

At the beginning of the final stage in the Super Start Batteries 188 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on the Daytona International Speedway road course, it was Austin Cindric holding off 18-year-old Ty Gibbs. Cindric had downforce issues early Saturday afternoon due to damage from a tangle with AJ Allmendinger at the end of the …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Kicks Off Championship Defense With Daytona Win

Pack racing at Daytona

#54: Ty Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Bass Pro Shops #02: Brett Moffitt, Our Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Fr8Auctions #22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Verizon 5G

For the first two stages of Saturday’s (Feb. 13) Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner 300 at Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Xfinity Series field played nice with one another. But in stage three, all hell broke loose, with the race’s complexion changing multiple times. By the end of the race, it was reigning NASCAR Xfinity …

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