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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Kyle Larson Climbs From Rock Bottom to Top of Cup Series

Kyle Larson 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion trophy Sean Gardner Getty

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Everyone knows the ending. After the first 10-win season in over a decade, Kyle Larson stood on top of the world, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion. He won on the big intermediate ovals, road courses, short tracks, 1-milers. He made it look so easy that it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t. Two years …

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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Hendrick Motorsports Back On Top

Larson

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Hendrick Motorsports is no stranger to success in the NASCAR Cup Series. During the careers of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, there were several seasons where championships by either the Nos. 24 or 48 teams seemed practically automatic. But since Johnson’s final title in 2016, Hendrick had lost its advantage over the rest of the …

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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Chip Ganassi’s Final Bow

2021 Darlington I Cup Kurt Busch Ross Chastain Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo: NKP)

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On the biggest stages of American motorsports, Chip Ganassi has found major success, from open wheel to sports cars to stock cars. But in a bombshell that rattled the NASCAR world in a 2021 that was already tumultuous in its own right, the chapter of Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR was slammed shut.   On …

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2021 Cup Series Awards: Memorable Finishes, Quotes & Cars

Kyle Larson at Darlington

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Hello, and welcome to Frontstretch‘s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Awards Banquet, I’m your host, Daniel McFadin. Thank you for joining us today at the Thomas Bowles Memorial Rec Hall. Today, we gather to acknowledge what wasn’t celebrated at last week’s NASCAR Champions Week banquet in Nashville. We all know who won the championship, most popular …

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Podcast: Cliff Daniels on Becoming Cup Champion, Working With GOATS and Not Sleeping

Cliff Daniels joins Davey Segal on the Frontstretch Podcast

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

In the season finale of the podcast, Davey chats with NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Cliff Daniels on the whirlwind that was Phoenix and the days following, the reality of being a Cup champion, working with Jimmie Johnson compared to Kyle Larson, why he felt compelled to learn dirt racing to work with Larson, …

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4 Burning Questions: 2021 NASCAR Season Awards

Kyle Larson 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion trophy Sean Gardner Getty

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How many awards did Kyle Larson win? Kyle Larson’s 2021 season will go down as one of the strongest in the NASCAR Cup Series’ modern era, the first season since 2007 where a driver got to double digit wins, so it’s no surprise that he will receive no less than two awards from the esteemed …

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Friday Faceoff: What Were the Biggest Surprises & Disappointments of 2021?

Hamlin, NKP

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Another year, another near miss for Denny Hamlin. Will he ever win a NASCAR Cup Series title? Luken Glover: Denny Hamlin absolutely has the talent to get the job done. So, can he do it? Definitely a yes. Will he do it? I’m leaning towards no. We may be seeing the equivalent of Mark Martin, who …

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Thursday Morning Thunder: 2021 Concludes with NASCAR, Grassroots 2,372 Miles Apart

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NASCAR’s Cup Series Championship Race in Arizona went green at approximately 3:34 p.m. ET on Sunday. On the other side of the country, 2,372 miles away in Swedesboro, N.J., I was standing in line to buy a pit pass at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park for the conclusion of the High Banks Classic at that time.  …

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Waid’s World: NASCAR’s 1st Time in New York Was an Adventure for Many, to Say the Least

Waid's World Graphic

Graphic: Jared Haas

Well, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and the new series champion, a very deserving Kyle Larson (don’t even try to argue with me) will be officially recognized at the Awards Banquet and Ceremony in Nashville. This will be the second year the affair has been held in Nashville. It was held in …

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