NASCAR’s future brings reasons for optimism

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kyle Larson, decked out a suit and bowtie, attended a party at The Joseph. Inside a penthouse suite of the top floor of the luxury hotel stood dignitaries from Goodyear, Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR, all dressed in their best formal attire. In one corner of the room laid a table with kobe beef […] READ MORE



The White Zone: Kyle Larson goes from pariah to champion

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A year and a half ago, Kyle Larson dropped a racial slur in an iRacing event. The next day, NASCAR indefinitely suspended him and his sponsors departed one after another. The day after, Chip Ganassi Racing fired him. In the span of less than 48 hours, Larson’s NASCAR career slammed head-on into a wall. “After […] READ MORE


Alex Bowman steals victory at Martinsville

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Six laps remained, and Denny Hamlin sat in the catbird seat. He held off Alex Bowman, who overtook him once for the lead, lap after lap for close to 20 laps. Then came contact. Bowman got loose into Turn 3, hit Hamlin and turned him into the wall. “For anybody that wants to think I […] READ MORE


Kyle Larson: ‘I tried to video game it’

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Coming to the checkered flag of Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500, Kyle Larson channeled his inner Carl Edwards and rode the wall through Turns 3 and 4 to pull up to Denny Hamlin‘s bumper. “We got to the white,” he said, “and I was like, ‘Well, I haven’t been able to […] READ MORE


Kyle Larson out-runs Chase Elliott at The Glen

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Chase Elliott ran a great race, Sunday, at Watkins Glen International, but Kyle Larson ran a near-flawless one. Larson exited pit road ahead of then race leader, Martin Truex Jr., on Lap 57, and cycled to the lead on Lap 65. From that point on, it was a matter of running a mistake-free race. At least, until […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Pocono

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After the Pocono double, the crossed flags are out on the 2021 season. With both the Pocono Organics CBD 325 and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 in the books, there’s no shortage of storylines in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is Alex Bowman inching towards the next step in his development? Fuel mileage races (that’s the […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Nashville

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LEBANON, Tenn. — And just like that, the show ends and the tour heads for another city. Sunday marked the return of the NASCAR Cup Series to Middle Tennessee for the first time in 37 years. During the Ally 400, Kyle Larson continued his hot streak, Denny Hamlin‘s points lead evaporated and Nashville proved it belongs on […] READ MORE


Kyle Larson morphing into elite driver

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Nobody doubted Kyle Larson and his elite talent, going into this season. That’s what made him a top prize in silly season, last year. Up until 2021, however, it came in flashes; be it from mid-tier equipment at Chip Ganassi Racing or his termination for using a racial slur. He never took the next step into elite driver […] READ MORE


Three big stories: Dover

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Some things never change at the Monster Mile. The NASCAR Cup Series entered mid-season form with 400 miles at Dover International Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports put on a statement drive with a 1-2-3-4 finish. Moreover, Alex Bowman takes next step of development with victory at Dover? Finally, Kyle Larson comes up short, after yet another dominant drive. Without further […] READ MORE