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Did You Notice?: Winless NASCAR Drivers Seeking Talladega Breakthrough

David Ragan celebrates his victory at Talladega Superspeedway with Front Row Motorsports in 2013. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock

Did You Notice? … Talladega Superspeedway has always been labeled the best track for winless NASCAR drivers to pull an upset? The 2.66-mile oval has a history of pulling off one-hit wonders, from Richard Brickhouse winning his first and only NASCAR Cup Series race there in 1969 to Ron Bouchard pulling off this three-wide thriller in …

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Justin Allgaier Returning to Spire at Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Justin Allgaier returns to the NASCAR Cup Series with Spire Motorsports this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, the organization announced Sept. 27. Allgaier will pilot the No. 77 Chevrolet with longtime partner Brandt as the sponsor in the YellowWood 500 on Oct. 3. This will be Allgaier’s first non-substitute start since 2015. He had made three …

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Josh Berry Wins Xfinity Alsco 302, JR Motorsports Sweeps Top 3 Spots

Josh Berry celebrates after winning the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night (Sept. 25). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kaulig Racing has been the hot team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series of late, but JR Motorsports enjoyed a night with Lady Luck as Josh Berry took the victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to win the Alsco Uniforms 302 Saturday (Sept. 25). Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson finished second and third, respectively, giving three …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Why Every Playoff Driver Can & Can’t Win the Title

2021 Xfinity Daytona II Finish Kaulig Racing 1-2-4, L-R Justin Haley, No. 11 Chevrolet, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Chevrolet, and Jeb Burton, No. 10 Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The time has arrived for the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. This weekend in Las Vegas, the postseason gets underway. Even if there was no title at stake, racing purists of a certain type would be drawn in for one reason, that in the postseason, the field is void of any current NASCAR Cup Series drivers. …

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Crew Chiefs for Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola Fined After Bristol Lug Nut Infractions

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The crew chiefs of the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 10 of Aric Almirola have each been fined $10,000 following lug nut infractions found during post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sept. 18, NASCAR announced Sept. 21. Both Mike Bugarewicz of the Stewart-Haas Racing team and James Small of …

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Xfinity Breakdown: 2-Lap Grudge Match Settles Bristol; Allmendinger Victorious

AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric crashing at the finish line at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff cut off race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the first half of Friday’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, it looked as if Justin Allgaier might return to victory lane at Bristol or Daniel Hemric would finally get his first victory. In the second half, Sam Mayer looked to be the favorite before Austin Cindric took control. The driver of the …

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AJ Allmendinger Wins Bristol, Regular Season Title While Wrecking Across Line

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a wild conclusion to the Xfinity Series regular season at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night (Sept. 17), AJ Allmendinger won the race and the regular season championship in the most improbable fashion: by taking the checkered flag while crashing into the inside wall. A chaotic overtime restart saw Allmendinger charge to the lead …

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Justin Allgaier Staying With JRM in 2022, Brandt to Sponsor 20 Xfinity Races

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 JR Motorsports race team will continue their partnership with Brandt Professional Agriculture for 20 races in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, JRM announced Tuesday (Sept. 14) morning. “I’m really happy to be returning to JRM next year and to keep the relationship going with Brandt Professional Agriculture,” Allgaier …

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Justin Allgaier Crew Chief Allen Burdett to Miss Darlington Due to COVID-19 Protocols

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Justin Allgaier‘s crew chief, Jason Burdett, will miss the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington due to COVID-19 protocols. Allen Hart, engineer for the No. 7 Chevrolet team, will fill in during Burdett’s absence. The news was announced by JR Motorsports on Friday (Sept. 3) afternoon. Engineer Allen Hart will fill …

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NASCAR Mailbox: For Most of the Cup Series, 2022 Starts Now

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#3: Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road

When do non-playoff teams start preparing for next year now that they’re not eligible for the championship? Riley H. – Grand Rapids, Mich. About two days ago. Literally as soon as the car arrived back at the shop, most NASCAR Cup Series teams who missed the playoffs likely have focused any and all efforts on …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Michigan, Illinois State Fairgrounds Races

2020 ARCA Michigan Pack Racing Riley Herbst, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Ryan Repko, No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In two days, the ARCA Menards Series drivers will complete a combined 200 laps at two different racetracks. Of those 200 laps, 100 laps will be completed at Michigan International Speedway on Friday (Aug. 20) in the Henry Ford Health Systems 200. Two days later,  the series will travel about 400 miles to the Illinois …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Turn 6 Curb Was Not Appealing

Kyle Larson during the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 8/15/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. The Turn 6 curb was not appealing If you have seen the highlights, you know one of the premier storylines from this historic 2021 August edition of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 6 was problematic all race weekend, from the second either a NASCAR or IndyCar turned onto the asphalt. Scott McLaughlin and …

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