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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Hollywood Casino 400

Ricky Hendrick pilots the No. 5 in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo: NKP

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? Another week, another Kyle Larson win. Larson’s Kansas Speedway victory in the Hollywood Casino 400 was his ninth NASCAR Cup Series win of 2021 and third in a row. He’s on a roll at the best possible time, with the title race just two weeks …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Kansas NASCAR Playoff Race

Kyle Larson and No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports crew points up in victory lane, Sean Gardner/Getty

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 24) for his third consecutive victory. Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five finishers. You earned it today, @KyleLarsonRacin! Retweet to congratulate the @TeamHendrick driver on an impressive win at @kansasspeedway! pic.twitter.com/stXuaHpqu7 — NASCAR …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Verizon 5G and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta pack racing Kansas spring 2021 Cup race NKP

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Just three races remain in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. First among them is Sunday (Oct. 24) afternoon’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, where 40 drivers settle in for 267 laps on the 1.5-mile yellow brick road. Even after last week’s likely-calm race at Texas Motor Speedway devolved into chaos in the final …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Rivalries Not Named Harvick-Elliott & Remembering 550 HP

2021 Daytona Road Cup Tyler Reddick William Byron racing NKP

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Did You Notice? … Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott isn’t the only rivalry to heat up in the final few weeks? Some other drivers butting heads have flown under the radar a bit with these two taking up so much air in the room. Here’s three other sets of people in the NASCAR community to keep …

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5 Points to Ponder: Despite Trouble at Texas, Denny Hamlin Showed Championship Form

Denny Hamlin waits for a NASCAR race at Charlotte to begin. Photo: NKP

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1. Denny Hamlin showing championship potential We’ve seen it time and again: Denny Hamlin makes the playoffs only to fall flat in the season’s most critical moments. But fast forward to the 2021 season and we’ve seen the No. 11 team strike first in the Round of 16 and the Round of 12, winning at …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Texas NASCAR Playoff Race

Kyle Larson celebrates his victory in the 2021 Texas NASCAR playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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What happened in the 2021 Texas NASCAR Playoff Race? Kyle Larson won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas NASCAR playoff race on Sunday (Oct. 17) after leading the final 218 laps to clinch a spot in the Championship 4.  William Byron, Christopher Bell, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET …

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Up to Speed: Can Joey Logano & Martin Truex Jr. Recover?

Joey Logano focuses before the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. (Photo: NKP)

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On a day at Texas Motor Speedway when most NASCAR playoff drivers avoided serious trouble, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. were not so lucky.  Both drivers looked to be on their way to top-10 finishes but dropped out of the race in the last 50 miles.  Logano’s engine failed on lap 300, relegating him …

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Up in Smoke: Joey Logano Suffers 1st Blown Engine Since 2014

Joey Logano in the Texas Motor Speedway garage with a blown motor. Photo by Beth Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer)

Joey Logano saw his hopes of pointing his way into the Championship 4 go up in smoke at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday (Oct. 17) … literally. Right as the field approached lap 300, the No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford suffered an engine failure and billowed smoke as the caution flew for the fluid left on …

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Contenders Set to Emerge in NASCAR’s Round of 8

NASCAR Kyle Larson

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Just past the halfway point of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the focus of the postseason is finally shifting. The first two rounds are all about who falls out. Now comes the time to focus on those who managed to advance. It’s a mixture of drivers you would expect and a few who might …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

Bubba Wallace lead a pack cars in the 2021 Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Photo: NKP

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What happened? Bubba Wallace won the weather-shortened YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday (Oct. 4) after rain halted the race, 117 laps into the 188-lap event. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Christopher Bell rounded out the top five finishers. FIRST WIN for @BubbaWallace! Taking that hardware home from @Talladega! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/VbefdK4h5X — …

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Jonathan Hassler to Be Ryan Blaney’s Crew Chief in 2022

Ryan Blaney celebrating after winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, 8/22/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Blaney will have a new NASCAR Cup Series crew chief in 2022. Jonathan Hassler will be atop the No. 12 Team Penske pit box starting next year, the team announced Wednesday (Sept. 29). Hassler currently serves as Matt DiBenedetto’s crew chief for Wood Brothers Racing after taking over for Greg Erwin. He led the …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Hamlin Goes All in for Vegas Win

Denny Hamlin leads a pack of NASCAR race cars in the 2021 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, September 2021. Photo: NKP

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver clinches spot in Round of Eight With 30 races in the books, the championship is in sight and we have a good idea who will probably be fighting for it at Phoenix. But it takes so much going right and not just piling up stats. Kyle Larson essentially rolled snake eyes …

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