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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Under Par With His Short (Track) Game

Martin Truex Jr. enjoys his win at Martinsville Speedway April 2021. Photo: NKP

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If the stats tell the story, then it seems that Martin Truex Jr. has suddenly turned into short-track ace. In his first 80 Cup races on tracks under a mile in length, Truex won exactly zero. None. Then, after finally breaking through at Richmond in 2019, he’s taken home the trophy in five of his …

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Up to Speed: A Rare Bad Day at Martinsville for Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski Autotrader No. 2 Penske car at Martinsville spring Cup race

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As usual, Martinsville Speedway dished out a healthy dose of chaos for the NASCAR Cup Series.  A wet Saturday night delayed all but the opening laps of the race until Sunday afternoon.  But while the skies had cleared by Sunday, a storm brewed on the track. Fifteen cautions took their toll on the field, including …

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Massive Crash Takes Out Multiple Cars at Martinsville

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Everything hit the fan with 115 laps remaining in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The Cup Series race, which was pushed to Sunday after rain stopped the event Saturday night, had largely run incident-free, or at least without incidents that involved a large number of cars, up until 115 to go, …

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Did You Notice? 7 NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat 7 Weeks Into 2021

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Did You Notice? … Crazy enough, the 2021 NASCAR season is already two months old headed to Saturday night’s (April 10) race at Martinsville Speedway. The sport’s top three series are all at least 20% through their regular season schedules; the Camping World Truck Series is a third of the way there. It’s a large …

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Up to Speed: Why Kyle Busch Was Best With Adam Stevens

Kyle Busch standing on pit road at Daytona. Photo NKP

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An old adage in professional sports is if you’re not constantly looking for ways to improve your performance, you’re probably falling behind.  Teams, plans and partnerships that worked well at one time do not always stay elite.  In order to keep up with the competition, a change in personnel can help to right the ship …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Denny Hamlin Win It All?

Denny Hamlin FedEx No. 11 races with Bubba Wallace's McDonald's No. 23 at 2021 Atlanta spring Cup race NKP

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Can Denny Hamlin win it all this year? It’s clear that Denny Hamlin is going to be the NASCAR Cup Series championship favorite for the rest of this season. Although Hamlin has not been able to win so far this year, he has six top-five finishes in seven starts so far this year, with his …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Team Orders Creeping Into 2021

2021 Trucks Atlanta Kyle Busch, No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

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Did You Notice? … The way in which teammates helped each other out at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend (March 20-21)? The most obvious example came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where Kyle Busch twice slowed down in the final laps of a stage to let John Hunter Nemechek pass by and win. In …

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Up to Speed: Ryan Blaney Adds to His History of NASCAR Clutch Wins at Atlanta

Ryan Blaney gives the checkered flag to a fan at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo NKP

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Check off another unique winner for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.  Ryan Blaney emerged as a surprise victor at Atlanta Motor Speedway, capturing the fifth win of his career in dramatic fashion.  Despite a dominating performance from Kyle Larson, who led 269 of 325 laps, Blaney was the one who took the trophy and …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Busch Scores 60th Truck Win in Atlanta

2021 Trucks Atlanta Kyle Busch, No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Trophy (Credit: NKP)

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch dominated, leading 102 of 130 laps en route to his sixth Camping World Truck Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon (March 20). “It’s just a great opportunity to race in great stuff with KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), Cessna Beechcraft. This Toyota Tundra was awesome,” Busch said. “I can’t …

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Kyle Busch Dominates, Wins Truck Race at Atlanta

2021 Trucks Atlanta Kyle Busch, No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Celebrate (Credit: NKP)

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Kyle Busch dominated the Fr8 Auctions 200, leading 102 of the 130 laps, on Saturday (March 20) en route to winning in his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this year. It is his 60th career Truck Series win and sixth Truck Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “It’s a great opportunity to race …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Atlanta Previews

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Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen previews the Truck, Xfinity and Cup series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and gets you caught up on news that has broken this week in the Camping World Truck Series. Nolen will get you up to date on the start times of both races, stage lengths, starting lineups and more. Sign up …

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4 Burning Questions: The Search for Even More Money

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson pack racing in 2021 spring Phoenix NASCAR Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

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What will happen next week at the first race in the PIS? This is the final 4 Burning Questions before the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, a series coming into this season with some plusses and minuses. The series, thrown together as a replacement for NASCAR last spring, was a mess. Inconsistent entries, rules and …

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