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Ryan Blaney and the Keys to Success at Talladega

Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

.007 seconds. It’s not much, but that’s all Ryan Blaney has needed to win at Talladega Superspeedway. And not just once. Both of his NASCAR Cup Series victories on the 2.66-mile track  – in October 2019 and June 2020 – had the same margin of victory. Blaney and the Cup Series return to Talladega this …

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Street Circuit Connoisseurs: The IndyCar Drivers Who Excel on City Streets

Josef Newgarden Passing Alex Palou and Colton Herta at St. Petersburg

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR Media)

After dashing around the sweeping hills of Barber Motorsports Park last weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series travels to St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend for 110 laps on the narrow street circuit in the sweltering sun. While Barber’s blind crests and swooping off-camber turns are no walk in the park for the drivers—even catching out two-time …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Is Toyota’s Dominance Worth Worrying About?

2021 Trucks Richmond John Hunter Nemechek, No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Wins (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series sits quietly while the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series head to Talladega Superspeedway. With just six races under its belt, it’s a disappointing break in the momentum, though the series will be right back on track the following weekend at Kansas Speedway on May 1. Six races into …

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North Carolina on Pace to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

2020 Charlotte Road Roval Cup William Byron Pack Racing Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

North Carolina is set to lift some social distancing, capacity and mass gathering COVID-19 restrictions by June 1, Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday) April 21. The estimated timeline is just days after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 30. It is not yet known the amount of fans that will be allowed …

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Alex Bowman’s Richmond Win Caps Off Big Day for Drivers of No. 48

Alex Bowman talks with Jimmie Johnson before 2019 Indianapolis Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Jeff Andrews was like many of us Sunday afternoon. Even though the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was well underway, Hendrick Motorsports’ general manager couldn’t help himself. He had to see Jimmie Johnson’s maiden voyage in an open-wheel car. “I won’t lie, I clicked over to IndyCar there a couple of times during …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 9

Melillo Virtual Frontstretch 9

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It was a mixed bag of various events this past week among the iRacing leagues covered in The Virtual Frontstretch. For the leagues following the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Martinsville Speedway proved to be filled with hurt feelings. Other leagues steered clear of the paperclip and had much better times on the service in their …

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Waid’s World: Hope One of NASCAR’s Old ‘Spring Fling’ Might Rise From Rubble

Waid's World Graphic

Graphic: Jared Haas

For decades, about this time every year – when the Dogwoods and Azaleas are in full bloom throughout the South – the NASCAR Cup Series schedule consisted of three short track races and one that was at its oldest superspeedway, Richmond Raceway, sometimes either the second or third race of the year, was the season’s …

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eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Vicente Salas Makes History in Dominating Win at Richmond

Vicente Salas does a burnout after winning the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at Richmond, 4/13/2021

(Photo: iRacing)

Perfection was the name of the game for Vicente Salas in Tuesday night’s (April 13) event at the virtual Richmond Raceway, the first short track race of the 2021 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season. And perfection is exactly what he achieved. The Spacestation Gaming driver became the sixth different winner in six races so far …

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Martinsville Penalty Report: 4 Cup Teams Fined, 2 Xfinity Crew Members Suspended

William Byron leads inside line in his No. 24 Liberty University car, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson holds outside lane. Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski also race at spring Martinsville Cup, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Four teams (three NASCAR Cup Series, one NASCAR Xfinity Series) fell victim to the NASCAR officials’ penalty report on Tuesday (April 13). All three Cup teams involved were caught for lug-nut violations, with each team having a single unsecured lug nut on their car at the conclusion of Sunday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain 500. FOX commentators …

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No NASCAR Nashville Fairgrounds Race in 2022, Says Fair Grounds Commissioner

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville 2018 Music City 200

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

There may not be a NASCAR race at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in 2022, a Nashville Fair Board commissioner said during a meeting Tuesday, April 13, according to NBC Sports. Jason Bergeron shared his thoughts on the time table between meetings for the speedway project and public input. “I’m not clear why this isn’t a longer …

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Dropping the Hammer: Josh Berry’s Big Chance Pays Off

Josh Berry wins at Martinsville

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images via NASCAR media)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series should introduce a new slogan: “The Xfinity Series: Where 30 is the new 20.” After Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, this slogan would apply almost exclusively to one driver: Josh Berry. The newest driver to claim a win in NASCAR’s second-tier national series wasn’t a baby-faced twentysomething who’d have trouble getting …

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Chase Elliott Posts ‘Uneventful’ 2nd-Place Finish at Martinsville

Chase Elliott at Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For Chase Elliott, the first seven races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup season were “eventful.” That’s one way of describing only earning two top fives and finishing 13th or worse in four of the remaining five races, including one DNF. So the Hendrick Motorsports driver was more than pleased with an “uneventful” Sunday afternoon at …

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