Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Should Drivers Be Allowed to Fight?

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Six different drivers have won the first six NASCAR Cup Series races. How many more weeks will the streak continue? Which driver breaks it? Luken Glover: The streak is in jeopardy this week at Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt track with guys like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell in the field. I am not going to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Long Can Atlanta Wait to Repave?

Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney lead the NASCAR Cup Series action at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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If there’s another first-time winner this season, who will it be and why do you think so? – Bart B., Clarksville, GA The possibilities are (almost) endless. The first names that come to mind are Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace. Seeing that Chase Briscoe and Stewart-Haas Racing clearly have a lot of work left to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

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What happened? Ryan Blaney won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 21) after passing Kyle Larson with eight laps to go for the victory. Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @Blaney on his first win of 2021! …

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Bubba Wallace to Compete in Bristol Dirt Truck Race

Bubba Wallace

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Bubba Wallace will wheel the No. 11 truck for Spencer Davis Motorsports in collaboration with Hattori Racing Enterprises in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race, SDM announced Thursday (March 18). He’ll carry sponsorship from Columbia Sportswear. Wallace has six career Truck victories, including the 2014 event at Eldora Speedway. He …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Instacart 500 at Phoenix

2021 Phoenix I Cup Martin Truex Jr Victory Nkp

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What happened?  Martin Truex Jr. won the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday (March 14) after leading the final 25 laps following a pass on the last restart.  Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on his desert dominance! pic.twitter.com/PMjFeMvw7l — NASCAR (@NASCAR) …

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Stock Car Scoop: Is Martin Truex Jr. Overlooked as a NASCAR Title Contender?

Martin Truex Jr looks on at 2021 Daytona road course Cup race

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Martin Truex Jr. got the monkey off of his back early in 2021, winning in just the fifth race of the season. It’s just his second victory since longtime crew chief Cole Pearn retired from the sport at the end of the 2019 season. Truex beat superior competition, as each driver that made the 2020 …

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The Underdog House: Big Day for Bubba Wallace Slips Away at Phoenix

Bubba Wallace talks to Denny Hamlin at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Photo NKP

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Top Dog On paper, the results of the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March 14 did not manufacture eye-popping runs from the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. However, that was not the occurrence for most of the race. While a few hungry hounds had brushes in the top 10 today it was Bubba Wallace …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Be the Next 1st-Time Winner

Tyler Reddick at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2021 Pennzoil 400 Photo: NKP

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1. Tyler Reddick Probably the only thing standing between Reddick and victory this year is equipment. Richard Childress Racing is just a tick behind the top big teams, and that tick means that Reddick will have to work that much harder for his win. But that will only make it sweeter. After his charging runner-up …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Chemistry Matters, Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Deepens & More

Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer race at Daytona International Speedway February 2021 Photo: NKP

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Gets Deeper Kevin Harvick sat on the pole for Sunday’s (March 7) Pennzoil 400 driving his No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. It was a great position to assert himself up front at a Las Vegas Motor Speedway track he led 92 laps at last March. Instead? Harvick never led a …

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Zach’s Turn: Kyle Larson Earns Kudos from NASCAR, Bubba Wallace After 1st Hendrick Motorsports Win

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The past 10 months of Kyle Larson’s life have been a roller coaster, but the wild ride peaked on Sunday (March 7). Larson led 103 laps to dominate and win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s his first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Hendrick Motorsports and first since losing his job last …

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