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Dropping the Hammer: Atlanta’s NASCAR Future Is Here. Survey Says…?

Atlanta Motor Speedway

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After a full reconfiguration of Atlanta Motor Speedway produced racing SMI CEO Marcus Smith called “sports entertainment,” did the powers that be get this right?

Stat Sheet: Bad Luck Biting Ryan Blaney Despite a Strong NASCAR 2022 Start

Kurt Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2022. Photo: NKP

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Strong competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway set new NASCAR records in 2022. Joy Tomlinson delves into the numbers, including another Ryan Blaney tough break.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

NASCAR Cup Series

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? A total of 20 drivers led — without multiple green flag pit cycles — but only one led the last lap, and it was William Byron standing in victory lane when the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was all over at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Byron had …

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Did You Notice?: 4 NASCAR Races in 2022, 4 Drivers Flying Under the Radar

2022 Daytona I NASCAR Cup Kurt Busch Kyle Busch racing NKP

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Did You Notice?… We’re already a month into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season? The first four races have already brought their share of unexpected surprises: two first-time winners (Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe), a trio of overtime finishes and more spins than we’ve seen in years with the sport’s new Next Gen chassis. The infusion of …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2022 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube

Alex Bowman battles alongside the competition in the 2022 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Alex Bowman earned his seventh NASCAR Cup win at Las Vegas after a two-tire gamble. What else did we learn from the Pennzoil 400?

Fire on Fridays: Who Is Each NASCAR Cup Team’s Alpha Driver?

Ryan Blaney grits his teeth at LA Clash, Joey Logano smiles, NKP

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A rundown of alpha drivers in each NASCAR Cup Series team.

Fronstretch 2-Minute Drill: Wise Power 400 at Auto Club

2022 Fontana Cup Chase Elliott Daniel Suarez racing NKP

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts and #99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Freeway Insurance

NASCAR is back at Auto Club Speedway for the first time in two years. The last time the Cup and Xfinity Series raced in Fontana, the race ended up being the second-to-last before the COVID-19 pandemic shattered any and all forms of scheduling for major sports in 2020, leading to a two-month stoppage for NASCAR. …

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NASCAR 101: A Menagerie of Unknowns, Potential Surprises at Daytona

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota, Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, drive during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Things couldn’t be more nebulous to begin the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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