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NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car: What is it and why it is needed
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NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car: What is it and why it is needed

The NASCAR Next Gen is the future generation of chassis to be used in the Cup Series and is aimed at making the cars more cost-effective for race teams and car manufacturers, while simultaneously enhancing driver safety.

Toyota: NASCAR’s Next Gen is “biggest change” in 50 years
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Toyota: NASCAR’s Next Gen is “biggest change” in 50 years

Toyota Racing president David Wilson believes NASCAR’s Next Gen car, of which the three competing manufacturers all revealed their models today, is the “biggest change for the NASCAR industry” for over 50 years.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to run Sept. 11 Richmond Xfinity race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to the driver’s seat for one race this season, competing in the Sept. 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Late-race pit penalty helps Harvick to season's best finish Kansas
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Late-race pit penalty helps Harvick to season's best finish

A late-race pit road penalty appeared to curtail Kevin Harvick’s chances at victory Sunday but it also produced an opportunity.

Kyle Larson had a plan to win at Kansas but "screwed that up" Kansas
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Kyle Larson had a plan to win at Kansas but "screwed that up"

Kyle Larson had lost the lead late in Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway but he still had a plan to win.

Kyle Busch tops Kevin Harvick in wild Kansas Cup finish Kansas
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Kyle Busch tops Kevin Harvick in wild Kansas Cup finish

Kyle Busch became the newest winner of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season and this time the victory trophy doubled as a birthday present.

Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure dies at 42

Former NASCAR driver and team owner Eric McClure died Sunday morning according to a statement released by his family.

Kevin Harvick "scratching and clawing" for every point in 2021

Kevin Harvick’s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season may not appear bad statistically but it’s far removed from the career-best performance he enjoyed in 2020.

NASCAR announces 2021 All-Star Race format
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NASCAR announces 2021 All-Star Race format

The 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race will take place at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13th.

Erik Jones entered first year with RPM "a little bit blind"

Erik Jones knew there would be an adjustment period with his offseason move to Richard Petty Motorsports but COVID-19 protocols have made it more difficult.

Brad Keselowski: NASCAR "can't have cars leaving the ground" Talladega
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Brad Keselowski: NASCAR "can't have cars leaving the ground"

Brad Keselowski says there should be one primary focus following his teammate Joey Logano’s terrifying accident Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

McDowell backs up Daytona 500 win with Talladega showing Talladega
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McDowell backs up Daytona 500 win with Talladega showing

Michael McDowell's upset win in the 2021 Daytona 500 proved his superspeedway prowess, which was again reaffirmed Sunday at Talladega.

Matt DiBenedetto: "Our day will definitely come" Talladega
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Matt DiBenedetto: "Our day will definitely come"

Matt DiBenedetto has had his fill of moral victories in his NASCAR career, particularly at superspeedway races, but he remains undeterred that his day in Victory Lane will come.

Keselowski uses last-lap pass in OT for sixth Talladega win Talladega
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Keselowski uses last-lap pass in OT for sixth Talladega win

Brad Keselowski needed just one lap to win his first race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season – the last one.

Logano 'happy to be alive' after airborne crash at Talladega Talladega
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Logano 'happy to be alive' after airborne crash at Talladega

Joey Logano's race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway ended in spectacular fashion with an airborne incident at the front of the field.

Netflix to produce new documentary series on Bubba Wallace

Netflix is producing an all-new documentary series around NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace.

Aric Almirola's NASCAR season has gone "miserably wrong"

To say the start of Aric Almirola’s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season has not gone according to plan is a huge understatement.

Hamilton, Wallace react to Chauvin guilty verdict
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Hamilton, Wallace react to Chauvin guilty verdict

Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR Cup Series racer Bubba Wallace have reacted on social media following the guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd.

NASCAR nixes Jennifer Jo Cobb's planned Cup Series debut

NASCAR has put a hold on Jennifer Jo Cobb’s debut in the Cup Series this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Matt DiBenedetto: Top-10 at Richmond "long overdue"

Slowly but surely Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Wood Brothers team have been digging out of an early-season hole and Sunday they may have finally turned the corner.

Hamlin: "We should have won" Richmond Cup race Richmond
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Hamlin: "We should have won" Richmond Cup race

Denny Hamlin continues to deliver impressive results every race this season, but Victory Lane still eludes him.

Joey Logano: Bowman "kind of snookered everybody" in win Richmond
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Joey Logano: Bowman "kind of snookered everybody" in win

Joey Logano wasn’t as dominant as Denny Hamlin but felt he had just as good a chance to win Sunday’s Cup race at Richmond.

Alex Bowman steals the show with win over Hamlin at Richmond Richmond
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Alex Bowman steals the show with win over Hamlin at Richmond

In a race dominated by Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman ended up stealing the show.

Austin Dillon once dreaded Richmond but now "it's my favorite"

An upcoming NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway typically didn’t stir good emotions for Austin Dillon, but that was then, and this is now.

Harrison Burton to make NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega Talladega
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Harrison Burton to make NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega

Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway, piloting the No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry.

NASCAR just tried dirt racing, so what about ice?
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NASCAR just tried dirt racing, so what about ice?

The NASCAR Cup Series has already seen its first dirt race this season in more than 50 years, could a race on ice and snow be next?

SHR struggles amplify Chase Briscoe's rough rookie season

Chase Briscoe had no illusions that a move to the NASCAR Cup Series would be easy, but nothing like this.

Jennifer Jo Cobb to make Cup Series debut at Talladega

NASCAR veteran Jennifer Jo Cobb will make her Cup Series debut later this month at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Gibbs talks satisfying, but nerve-racking Martinsville 1-2

Joe Gibbs loves when all of his NASCAR teams are running well but when two are racing for the win, then it can become a little dicey.

Hamlin: 'Nothing I could have done differently' at Martinsville Martinsville
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Hamlin: 'Nothing I could have done differently' at Martinsville

Denny Hamlin is left still searching for his first victory of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season following Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

Chase Elliott is just fine with 'uneventful' Martinsville race Martinsville
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Chase Elliott is just fine with 'uneventful' Martinsville race

Chase Elliott never led a lap at Martinsville and really never had a shot for the win, but a “smooth day” was just what he and his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team needed.

Truex bests Hamlin to win rain-delayed Martinsville Cup race Martinsville
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Truex bests Hamlin to win rain-delayed Martinsville Cup race

It took nearly two days but night racing at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway helped make Martin Truex Jr. the first two-time winner in the NASCAR Cup Series this season.

NASCAR commentators: NBC and Fox commentary teams for 2021

The 2021 NASCAR season has started on NBC Sports and Fox Sports in the United States, but why is it split in two pieces and who are the full commentary teams for each broadcaster?

Persistent rain postpones Martinsville Cup race until Sunday Martinsville
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Persistent rain postpones Martinsville Cup race until Sunday

Mother Nature has once again thrown a NASCAR race weekend into chaos as racing at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway has been postponed for a second consecutive day.

Keselowski "feels strong and optimistic" a win will come soon

In what has been a quirky start to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski hopes to rely on past success to break into the win column in the coming weeks.

Darlington Next Gen test shows "the car respects the track"
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Darlington Next Gen test shows "the car respects the track"

NASCAR’s most recent test of its Next Gen car came on perhaps one of the toughest tracks it will visit next season – Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

NASCAR to test rain tires at Martinsville Speedway
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NASCAR to test rain tires at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR will test rain tires in damp conditions at the .526-mile short track on Thursday.

Suarez: "We're going to get a trophy" after Bristol showing

Daniel Suarez and the all-new Trackhouse Racing team continue to impress this season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Dirt racing will return to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 Bristol
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Dirt racing will return to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022

Monday’s first dirt race in the NASCAR Cup Series in more the 50 years wasn’t over yet when news arrived there would be another.

Logano holds off Stenhouse in OT for Bristol Dirt Track win Bristol
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Logano holds off Stenhouse in OT for Bristol Dirt Track win

The NASCAR Cup Series’ first dirt race in more than 50 years didn’t reward a driver with a dirt background, but it did produce a new winner on the season.

Dirt favorites Bell, Larson collide early at Bristol Bristol
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Dirt favorites Bell, Larson collide early at Bristol

Entering the first NASCAR Cup Series dirt race in over 50 years, two names were considered favorites above the rest.

Bristol dirt NASCAR Cup, Truck races postponed until Monday Bristol
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Bristol dirt NASCAR Cup, Truck races postponed until Monday

Heavy overnight rain and persistent showers on Sunday have postponed NASCAR’s Truck and Cup Series races on dirt until Monday.

Bristol dirt heat races canceled, Truck race postponed
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Bristol dirt heat races canceled, Truck race postponed

Due to persistent rain in the area Saturday around Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, NASCAR canceled its planned heat races and postponed its Truck race.

NASCAR makes competition changes for Sunday's Cup dirt race

NASCAR has adjusted the stage lengths and tire allotment for Sunday’s first Cup Series race on dirt in more than 50 years.

Video: Transforming Bristol into a dirt track
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Video: Transforming Bristol into a dirt track

Bristol Motor Speedway is about to host the first NASCAR Cup Series race on dirt in over 50 years.

Ryan Blaney tops Friday's final practice at Bristol Dirt Track

Ryan Blaney topped Alex Bowman in the Friday’s final NASCAR Cup Series practice at the Bristol Dirt Track but it was track conditions Blaney was most concerned about.

Alex Bowman leads first Cup practice on Bristol dirt Bristol
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Alex Bowman leads first Cup practice on Bristol dirt

Alex Bowman led the way in Friday’s first NASCAR Cup Series practice session held on dirt in more than 50 years.

Christopher Bell: Virtual Bristol dirt track 'not realistic' Bristol
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Christopher Bell: Virtual Bristol dirt track 'not realistic'

The kickoff of the 2021 eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series offered a sneak peak at what Cup Series drivers could face this weekend at the Bristol Dirt Track, or did it?

Kyle Busch offers his advice to 'fiery' Noah Gragson
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Kyle Busch offers his advice to 'fiery' Noah Gragson

No driver may understand Noah Gragson's current position better than Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch looking "to be the best when it matters most"

Kyle Busch still hasn’t led a lap this season or been in serious contention for a win but he liked what he saw in last weekend’s race at Atlanta.

Bias ply tires return to Cup Series for Bristol Dirt Race

The NASCAR Cup Series’ first dirt race in more than 50 years also features a return to the use of bias ply tires.

Daniel Suarez: Strong Atlanta performance one "to build on"

The statistics will show a 17th-place finish for Daniel Suarez at Atlanta on Sunday but he and his Trackhouse Racing team showed so much more.

Alex Bowman: "It felt good to be able to pass cars"

There was no win, but Alex Bowman had an incident-free race Sunday at Atlanta and that was good enough for a season’s-best finish of third.

Larson's "tires were gone" by the time Blaney caught him Atlanta
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Larson's "tires were gone" by the time Blaney caught him

Kyle Larson led a race-high 269 of 325 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, collecting two stage wins along the way.

Ryan Blaney passes Larson late, captures Atlanta Cup win Atlanta
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Ryan Blaney passes Larson late, captures Atlanta Cup win

Kyle Larson was ‘stupid fast’ but he still needed his tires to last and when they didn’t, it opened the door for Ryan Blaney to steal the Atlanta win.

Kevin Harvick's first Cup win, 20 years later
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Kevin Harvick's first Cup win, 20 years later

Dale Earnhardt died 20 years this past February, altering NASCAR forever, but it was less than a month later that another chapter in his legend came to life.

Elliott "would have loved" to run Trucks at Bristol Dirt Track
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Elliott "would have loved" to run Trucks at Bristol Dirt Track

Several drivers will be running the NASCAR Truck Series race at the Bristol Dirt Track to get better prepared for the Cup race that follows, but the reigning series champion is not among them.

Chase Elliott: HMS showing "fundamental upgrades" this season

Even though a Hendrick Motorsports driver won the NASCAR Cup Series title in 2020, it’s clear the organization has taken another big step forward this season.

Bubba Wallace to run Truck race at Bristol Dirt Track

Bubba Wallace joins a growing list of NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have entered the Truck Series event at the Bristol Dirt Track.