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Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Cup Drivers Who Can Rejuvenate Sluggish Seasons With Talladega Win

2020 Talladega playoff Cup Chase Elliott leads in pack racing Photo NKP

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Talladega Superspeedway race weekend is upon us at last, which means fast racing, daring passes, big crashes and exhilarating down-to-the-wire finishes. While most race fans are eager to see what will unfold this weekend (April 24-25), most NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams will carry plenty of dread with them instead. Due to the high-risk …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Teams Look for More Short Track Racers to Fill Marquee Rides?

2021 Xfinity Martinsville Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports, Victorious (Credit: NKP)

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Considering the sudden success of drivers like Ross Chastain and Josh Berry, is it important for the sport to have teams look at veteran short track racers? What other largely unknown driver could excel given the right opportunity? Luken Glover: It definitely is worth a look into. Both Ross Chastain and Josh Berry excelled greatly …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What’s Wrong With Ross Chastain?

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#42: Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover

What’s up with Ross Chastain? He spun out Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones this past week and doesn’t seem to be living up to expectations this year. — Rick G., Davie, Florida It’s a real shame Chastain hasn’t run better this year. An all-around nice guy who people seem to root for easily, he’s paid …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Martinsville Spring Cup Race

2019 Martinsville Mencs Martin Truex, Jr. Face Nkp

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The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action and ready to take on Martinsville Speedway Saturday night (April 10). Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings rosters set for short track racing! Martinsville is a .526-mile oval shaped like a paperclip with tight corners and short straightaways. There’s not a lot of room to run, so you …

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Ross Chastain, Tubi Partnering for 2 Races

Ross Chastain at Homestead, 2/28/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ross Chastain will have another new sponsor on his car this season, as FOX Entertainment’s streaming service Tubi comes aboard, Chip Ganassi Racing announced March 15. Tubi will sponsor Chastain this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 in the NASCAR Cup Series. Additionally, it will sponsor Chastain’s No. 42 …

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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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Ross Chastain, Moose Fraternity Partner for Several Cup Events

Ross Chastain No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing car in 2021 Daytona 500

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A familiar partner, Moose Fraternity, will climb aboard Ross Chastain’s No. 42 Chevrolet for several NASCAR Cup Series races this season, Chip Ganassi Racing announced Wednesday, March 10. Moose Fraternity will be a primary and associate sponsor for multiple events. The fraternity first partnered with Chastain for three races in the Xfinity Series last year. …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Pennzoil 400

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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10 Cup & Xfinity Teams Penalized for Homestead Lug Nut Violations

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NASCAR today (March 2) announced a slew of lug nut-related penalties between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series after last weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All of the penalized Cup and Xfinity teams were found in violation of section 10.9.10.4 of the rule book., which deals with lug nuts not being properly …

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Chip Ganassi Fined, Suspended for Violating NASCAR’s COVID Protocol

2018 Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Chip Ganassi

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Chip Ganassi, owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, has been fined and suspended for violating NASCAR’s at-track COVID-19 protocol, NASCAR announced Feb. 22. Ganassi is suspended for one race and has been fined $30,000. According to NASCAR, Ganassi brought a “non-essential individual” into the competition area at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. CGR owns the Nos. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona Road Course

2021 Daytona Rc Cup Bell Victory Lane Nkp

What happened? Christopher Bell won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona road course on Sunday (Feb. 21), making it back-to-back first time winners to open the 2021 Cup Series season (the first time since 1950 that has happened). Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five finishers. ? …

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