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Ty Gibbs takes Kansas Xfinity win as playoff drivers stumble Kansas
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Ty Gibbs takes Kansas Xfinity win as playoff drivers stumble

Ty Gibbs denied a NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff driver the opportunity to lock themselves into the Championship 4 with his victory Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Hamlin: NASCAR needs an "F1-style approach" to race weekends Kansas II
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Hamlin: NASCAR needs an "F1-style approach" to race weekends

NASCAR Cup Series star Denny Hamlin says he’s been paying more attention to Formula One racing and thinks NASCAR could benefit from how it showcases its product on race weekends.

Brandon Jones to return to JGR's Xfinity program in 2022

Brandon Jones will return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2022 to compete fulltime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Chase Elliott on his NASCAR playoff status: "We'll be alright" Texas II
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Chase Elliott on his NASCAR playoff status: "We'll be alright"

Beset by troublesome tire issues, Chase Elliott managed a solid finish at Texas but saw his position in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs take a hit.

Byron is out of the NASCAR playoffs but "here to stay"

William Byron was already out of NASCAR Cup Series playoff contention but he believes his team’s performance Sunday at Texas spoke volumes for the future

Larson locks himself into Championship 4 with Texas Cup win Texas II
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Larson locks himself into Championship 4 with Texas Cup win

Kyle Larson – one of the clear favorites to win the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship – gained the opportunity to do so with a victory Sunday at Texas.

Nemechek rallies from pit road penalty for Texas Xfinity win Texas II
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Nemechek rallies from pit road penalty for Texas Xfinity win

John Hunter Nemechek rallied from a pit-road penalty and used pit strategy to earn his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win since the 2018 season.

Liberty University inks sponsorship extension with HMS, Byron

Liberty University and Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to a new five-year sponsorship deal of HMS’ No. 24 NASCAR Cup Series team and driver William Byron.

Logano after Next Gen Roval test: "You can line us up and go"

Yes, there are heat and steering issues still to be worked out, but after two days of testing the Next Gen car on the Charlotte Roval, Joey Logano said he could be ready to race it.

John Hunter Nemechek to remain at KBM for 2022 Truck season Talladega
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John Hunter Nemechek to remain at KBM for 2022 Truck season

John Hunter Nemechek, still in the hunt for this season’s NASCAR Truck Series championship, will return to Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2022 with the chance to do so again.

Tony Stewart to join NHRA as team owner in 2022
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Tony Stewart to join NHRA as team owner in 2022

NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart is branching out into yet another form of motorsports, fielding two entries in the NHRA next season.

NASCAR suspends crew chief of Cup playoff driver Kyle Busch

NASCAR on Tuesday suspended the crew chief of Cup Series playoff driver Kyle Busch for an issue stemming from last weekend’s race at the Charlotte Roval.

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

Next Gen car changes coming as a result of NASCAR crash test Charlotte II
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Next Gen car changes coming as a result of NASCAR crash test

NASCAR’s Next Gen car will receive new parts and pieces as soon as next month based off data from a crash test at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway conducted on June 30.

NASCAR's explanation of no-call on Elliott bumper falls short

Once again on Sunday, NASCAR disregarded its standard operating procedure when it came to making a call against a high-profile driver and its explanation falls woefully short.

William Byron's NASCAR playoff chances end "at a full rage" Charlotte II
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William Byron's NASCAR playoff chances end "at a full rage"

There was only one way William Byron was going to advance in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and that was a win – and he almost did.

Larson rallies to win chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval Charlotte II
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Larson rallies to win chaotic playoff race at Charlotte Roval

Kyle Larson’s team did a masterful job keeping his No. 5 Chevrolet running and Larson rewarded them with a victory Sunday at the Charlotte Roval.

Ty Dillon to rejoin NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 with GMS Racing Charlotte II
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Ty Dillon to rejoin NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 with GMS Racing

Ty Dillon will return to fulltime competition in the NASCAR Cup Series next season with GMS Racing.

Allmendinger wins third straight Charlotte Roval Xfinity race

Not even a late caution that sent the race into overtime could deny A.J. Allmendinger his third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series win on the Charlotte Roval.

NASCAR Euro team to join Cup Series in 2022, Villeneuve to test

The owners of a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series team are going to begin a venture into the Cup Series beginning in 2022.

Chase Elliott says a third Roval win 'very much within reach' Charlotte II
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Chase Elliott says a third Roval win 'very much within reach'

A victory on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval course each of the past two seasons has proved extremely valuable in Chase Elliott’s recent NASCAR Cup Series playoff runs.

NASCAR driver Michael Annett to retire at end of 2021 season

NASCAR veteran Michael Annett announced on Wednesday that he will retire as a fulltime driver at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

NASCAR crew chief suspended following incident at Talladega

NASCAR Truck Series crew chief Eddie Troconis has been indefinitely suspended for a violation of the sanctioning body’s behavioral policy.

Bubba Wallace: "We're here. We're a winner" Talladega II
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Bubba Wallace: "We're here. We're a winner"

Bubba Wallace had been oh-so-close to a NASCAR Cup Series victory during his relatively brief career on a few occasions, but he also knew close wasn’t good enough.

Brad Keselowski may have 'let one slip away' at Talladega

Brad Keselowski watched Bubba Wallace use a block to protect his lead and had a way to get around him but thought he had more time.

Hamlin: Wallace's victory "more special" than my own Talladega II
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Hamlin: Wallace's victory "more special" than my own

NASCAR drivers by nature are selfish – always looking for ways to win a race – but on Monday, Denny Hamlin was happy to celebrate another’s victory.

Sunday's Talladega NASCAR Cup race postponed until Monday

Due to persistent rain and impending darkness, Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega has been postponed.

Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley shot and killed
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Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley shot and killed

Former NASCAR Xfinity and Truck series competitor John Wes Townley was killed in a shootout Saturday night, according to the Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) Police officials

Brandon Brown wins Talladega NASCAR Xfinity race halted by darkness Talladega II
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Brandon Brown wins Talladega NASCAR Xfinity race halted by darkness

Talladega Superspeedway produced another surprise winner Saturday, as Brandon Brown scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win.

Tate Fogleman wrecks to win first Truck race at Talladega Talladega
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Tate Fogleman wrecks to win first Truck race at Talladega

For the second time in three weeks, the winner of a NASCAR race had to travel to Victory Lane from the infield care center.

Enfinger returns to GMS Racing for two-year NASCAR Trucks deal

Grant Enfinger will return to a fulltime ride in the NASCAR Truck Series next season and with a familiar organization.

Alex Bowman: NASCAR Cup playoffs 'a little frustrating' so far

This is not how Alex Bowman envisioned the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs playing out – starting each round having to dig out of a big hole.

NASCAR suspends crew chief of Cup playoff driver Kevin Harvick

NASCAR on Tuesday suspended the crew chief of Cup Series playoff driver Kevin Harvick for issues stemming from last weekend’s race at Las Vegas.

NASCAR pit decision by Hendrick Motorsports a "blown call"

The decision by Hendrick Motorsports teams not to pit under caution early in Stage 2 in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas changed the dynamic of the race.

Josh Berry takes Vegas Xfinity win in JR Motorsports 1-2-3

Josh Berry cashed in on the misfortunes of several NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff contenders and lead a JR Motorsports 1-2-3 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Daniel Hemric to join Kaulig Racing for 2022 Xfinity season
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Daniel Hemric to join Kaulig Racing for 2022 Xfinity season

Daniel Hemric will remain a fulltime competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season but will move to another organization.

Toyota's David Wilson on NASCAR Next Gen: "We're all behind"

While NASCAR’s Next Gen car remains on schedule for its 2022 debut, Toyota Racing president David Wilson admits teams will still be working on the car while racing it next year.

Eckes takes surprise Vegas Truck win as playoff drivers stumble Las Vegas II
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Eckes takes surprise Vegas Truck win as playoff drivers stumble

Christian Eckes used a three-wide move on a restart with four laps remaining and cashed in at Las Vegas with his first career NASCAR Truck Series victory.

William Byron: "We learned a lot about ourselves" at Bristol

William Byron came precariously close to an early elimination from the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs but believes the experience will serve him well going forward.

Ford unveils new-look F-150 for 2022 NASCAR Truck Series

Ford Performance’s Cup Series Mustang isn’t its only NASCAR racing vehicle that will see a new look in the 2022 season.

Reigning Xfinity champ Austin Cindric has "a lot to fight for"

Already a NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and with a fulltime Cup Series ride secured for 2022, Austin Cindric still finds plenty of motivation for a second title.

Jeb Burton's NASCAR future in limbo entering Xfinity playoffs

Jeb Burton has perhaps his best chance to win his first NASCAR championship this season but the Xfinity Series playoffs could also be the last seven races of his career.

Roush Fenway unveils one of Brad Keselowski's 2022 NASCAR sponsors
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Roush Fenway unveils one of Brad Keselowski's 2022 NASCAR sponsors

Roush Fenway Racing announced the addition of a new sponsor to its organization on Tuesday – one that will also serve as a primary for new owner/driver Brad Keselowski in 2022.

Harvick says Elliott 'temper tantrum' cost him Bristol NASCAR win Bristol II
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Harvick says Elliott 'temper tantrum' cost him Bristol NASCAR win

Kevin Harvick was looking for his first win of the season, but Chase Elliott wasn’t going to make it easy.

Larson grabs Bristol NASCAR win after Elliott and Harvick tangle Bristol II
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Larson grabs Bristol NASCAR win after Elliott and Harvick tangle

With some unintentional help from an angry Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson stole a win at Bristol Saturday night that seemed like it belonged to Kevin Harvick.

Allmendinger crashes across the line to win wild Xfinity race Bristol
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Allmendinger crashes across the line to win wild Xfinity race

A.J. Allmendinger wrecked his way to the win Friday night at Bristol and with it claimed the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season championship.

Chandler Smith advances in Truck playoffs with Bristol win Bristol II
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Chandler Smith advances in Truck playoffs with Bristol win

Chandler Smith’s first career NASCAR Truck Series victory couldn’t have come at a better time.

Could the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season be the best ever?

With a successfully revamped schedule in place and its Next Generation car set to hit the track, NASCAR is hoping to cash in on a promising 2022 Cup Series season.

NASCAR shakes up playoffs in 2022 Cup Series schedule
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NASCAR shakes up playoffs in 2022 Cup Series schedule

NASCAR released its 2022 Cup Series schedule on Wednesday which features two new venues and a shakeup of its 10-race playoffs.

NASCAR to run 2022 preseason Clash at the LA Coliseum
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NASCAR to run 2022 preseason Clash at the LA Coliseum

NASCAR’s Next Generation car will get an early debut next season at a new venue.

Justin Allgaier to return to JR Motorsports in 2022

Justin Allgaier will return to JR Motorsports and the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022.

Pair of Hendrick drivers face NASCAR playoff elimination

Only two races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the prospect of an all-Hendrick Motorsports Championship 4 already seems very unlikely.

Denny Hamlin "just needed a couple more laps" at Richmond Richmond II
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Denny Hamlin "just needed a couple more laps" at Richmond

Denny Hamlin is off to a stellar start to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs but he can’t seem to shake disappointment at Richmond.

Noah Gragson goes back-to-back with Richmond Xfinity win

Noah Gragson couldn’t get a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for 49 consecutive races. Now, he can’t lose.

Southern 500 'not just another win' for Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin has had all the makings of a serious contender for the NASCAR Cup Series championship this season with one glaring omission – no victories. But no more.

NASCAR tried 'big swings' in Daytona Next Gen test

NASCAR saw positive results from its largest Next Gen car test yet at Daytona and expects to conduct an even bigger one in January.

Avoiding Darlington 'chaos' boosts Kevin Harvick's playoff run

Kevin Harvick remains without a win this season but his performance Sunday night at Darlington breathed new life into his NASCAR Cup Series playoff run.

Kyle Larson: "I gave everything I had" to catch Hamlin Darlington II
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Kyle Larson: "I gave everything I had" to catch Hamlin

Heading into the final lap of Sunday night’s race at Darlington, Kyle Larson had decided to “try something.”

Hamlin beats Larson for dramatic playoff win at Darlington Darlington II
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Hamlin beats Larson for dramatic playoff win at Darlington

Denny Hamlin picked a perfect time to earn his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Sheldon Creed opens Trucks playoffs with back-to-back wins

Reigning NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed is showing he’s very capable of a repeat.