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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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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Larson Lights Up the Stage in His Second Act

Kyle Larson celebrates his win in the 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Photo: NKP

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Who doesn’t love a good redemption story? Just under a year ago, Kyle Larson became the poster boy for thoughtless expression, firing off without taking into account what his words might mean to someone else. But we all do stupid things. It’s how you use the experience to better yourself that defines you. While the …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

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Kyle Larson celebrates Las Vegas victory (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Kyle Larson won the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 7) after leading a race-high 103 laps in just his fourth start for Hendrick Motorsports (fastest in team history). Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. Burning it down on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Pennzoil 400

Kyle Larson races teammate William Byron in the 2021 Pennzoil 400 Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? After being out of a NASCAR Cup Series car for nearly a year following a suspension for violating the driver conduct policy, Kyle Larson was repentant and ready to get back on track. It took him all of four weeks to find his groove and win …

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Up to Speed: A New Attitude of NASCAR Equality at Hendrick Motorsports

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Just four races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Hendrick Motorsports has already won twice.  Last week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, William Byron drove off to a convincing win, the second of his Cup Series career.  This past Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was Kyle Larson’s turn to capture the checkered flag.  Larson, …

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Kyle Larson Dominates Las Vegas, Wins in 4th Start with Hendrick

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(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Larson did nothing short of dominate Sunday’s (March 7) Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, cruising to his seventh career victory and first as a member of the Hendrick Motorsports team. Larson led 103 laps en route to the win, bringing the No. 5 back to victory lane for the first time since …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Pennzoil 400

Joey Logano looks on before the 2021 Homestead Cup event Photo NKP

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Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups ready for the fourth Cup Series race of the 2021 season. The Pennzoil 400, held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will air on Sunday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Cup drivers will once again compete on a 1.5-miler, but this time, the track isn’t as rough …

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Fire on Fridays: 7 NASCAR Cup Drivers Who Have to Win in 2021

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Entering August 2020, if you’d asked me which drivers were on the hot seat and might lose their ride if they didn’t produce soon, William Byron would’ve been near the top of my list. Sure, Byron signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports that month, but contracts aren’t always fulfilled in sports. Plus, Rick Hendrick doesn’t …

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Did You Notice?: Hendrick Motorsports is the New Face of NASCAR Youth Movement

Alex Bowman talks with Rick Hendrick before 2021 NASCAR Cup Race at Homestead Photo NKP

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon retired in November 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup Series championship. He was 44 years old. Just five years later, William Byron trounced the field at that same track Sunday (Feb. 28) to take Gordon’s former No. 24 car to victory lane at …

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Here Are the NASCAR Drivers Past & Present Currently Entered at Bristol Dirt Nationals

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It’s March, which means the inaugural Bristol Motor Speedway dirt races for the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series are upon us later this month. Before both series hit the track, Bristol will host the Bristol Dirt Nationals, a multi-day slate of events featuring some of the best dirt racers in the country. As …

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