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Suarez’s Crew Chief Ejected Ahead of Martinsville Night Race; 3 Others to the Rear for Inspection Failures

Daniel Suarez races at 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race with Camping World on the hood Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ejection has occurred again, this time at the paperclip. For a second time this season, Travis Mack, crew chief for Daniel Suarez and the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Toyota Camry, has been ejected from Martinsville Speedway ahead of the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. Mack, who will be replaced by race engineer Jose Blasco-Figueroa, was …

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NASCAR Xfinity Martinsville Race Postponed; Moved to Sunday at Noon ET

NASCAR Xfinity cars covered in the rain on a Friday night at Martinsville 2021 spring Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Cook-Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway has been postponed until Sunday, April 11 following a Friday night rain delay that persisted for three hours. The race will resume at 12 p.m. ET with television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1. 91 of 250 laps were complete in this NXS event before rain …

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Jeff Gordon Tested Positive for COVID-19, ‘Good to Go’ for Martinsville

Jeff Gordon

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Jeff Gordon revealed April 8 he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but that he’s “good to go” to cover this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst shared the news on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “On Track.” “I can’t say my off-week was great because …

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Sky Is Limit for North Wilkesboro After Newfound Hope

Virtual NASCAR cars race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2020. Photo: NASCAR Media

(Photo: NASCAR Media)

Following the 1996 season, one of the original NASCAR Cup Series tracks was shut down. Now, there’s hope it could be saved. North Wilkesboro Speedway was a fixture in NASCAR for 47 years. The half-mile in Wilkes County, N.C., was where Red Byron was crowned the first ever Cup champion. It was Hall of Famer …

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eNASCAR Coca Cola iRacing Series: Bob Bryant Strikes Gold in Fontana for 1st Win

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Round Five of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series found the tour at the virtual Auto Club Speedway on Tuesday night (March 30). After a tense race at Atlanta Motor Speedway just two weeks ago, drivers returned to an intermediate track, this time a two-mile oval with a wornout surface and multiple grooves. After a tame …

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Dropping the Hammer: Bristol Dirt Race Earns Date in 2022 and ‘Beyond’

NASCAR Cup on Bristol dirt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Any questions about whether NASCAR’s “Bristol Dirt” experience would live to see another year were answered well before the checkered flag fell on Monday’s (March 29) Cup Series main event. During the final stage break, Bristol Motor Speedway flashed a message on the video screens that hang above the infield: “Dirt returns in 2022. Lock-in …

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Tracking the Trucks: Martin Truex Jr. Scores First Series Win on Bristol Dirt

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#51: Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Auto-Owners Insurance

In a Nutshell: Martin Truex Jr. made his way to the front early, swept both stages and cruised to victory in the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt in Bristol on Monday (March 29). The Cup Series driver jumped in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his first Camping World Truck Series race in …

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Cup, Truck Bristol Dirt Races Postponed to Monday

2021 Trucks Bristol Dirt Practice John Hunter Nemechek (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bristol Dirt? Mother Nature doesn’t care, as she didn’t let up on Bristol Motor Speedway over a March 27-28 weekend filled with rain. Constant precipitation from Saturday afternoon into Sunday ultimately forced the postponement of the NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series’ Bristol dirt races. Drivers will have to wait another day before …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: eNASCAR Issue 6

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It’s all about Atlanta Motor Speedway this week in this issue of The Virtual Frontstretch. All three of the leagues covered this week all went down to virtual Hampton, Georgia for three vastly different events. They weren’t the biggest races of the week, but they did provide drama and excitement in their respective communities.  The …

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Bad Boys Getting Dirty at Dirt-Covered Bristol Motor Speedway

Noah Gragson at 2021 Xfinity race at Daytona Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s that time of the month that the old-timer, long-time NASCAR writer and observer stops by to share some words of wisdom with you. While I will never get used to stage racing and having playoffs in my favorite sport, I am thrilled that not as many drivers and crew guys get hurt as back …

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eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series: William Byron Claims Win at Virtual Bristol Dirt

William Byron beats Tyler Reddick on eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series 2021 Bristol dirt Photo NASCAR

(Photo: NASCAR Media via Justin Melillo)

Wednesday night (March 24) marked the return of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series. After the successful run last year during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR and Fox decided to bring it back for another year with all of the Cup drivers for the 2021 season, plus a few special guests. While the world …

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Frontstretch 5: Top Dirt Aces Likely to Win at Bristol

Kyle Larson leans against his car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Throughout the history of NASCAR racing, the sport featured occasional stars with particular skills that shone on certain tracks. On the road courses, drivers like Dan Gurney, Marcos Ambrose, Boris Said, Scott Pruett and Ron Fellows excelled. On superspeedways, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Sterling Marlin, Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt are among the first names …

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