The Chili Bowl: Strengthening the marriage of NASCAR and dirt

There is often a debate regarding the relationship between NASCAR and dirt racing. Some would argue that the involvement of NASCAR, whether it be by drivers, teams, or the sanctioning body itself, benefits racing on clay due to the amount of exposure that comes with the more high-profile form of the sport lending its star power. Conversely, there are some in dirt racing who resent the involvement of NASCAR in their favorite type of motorsports because they see it as a somewhat arrogant intrusion of the haves dropping in to take purse money from the have-nots while dabbling in what…

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Pivotal year for HMS teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman

Perhaps the most intense competition in all of racing is that between the two drivers employed by the same Formula 1 team. The ultimate measuring stick to evaluate the driving skills of one of those competitors is to compare how often he out qualifies and how often he finishes higher than his own teammate. If that were the case in NASCAR, William Byron and Alex Bowman would have a tall order in front of them going into the 2021 season. One thing the two young drivers have going for them is the fact that they drive for powerful Hendrick Motorsports….

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Will Kyle Larson prove his worth in championship equipment?

Kyle Larson has won a total of six NASCAR Cup Series races out of the 223 starts he has made at the sport’s top level. He has posted a highest finish in the final standings of sixth in 2019. And while there are a number of racers who have toiled longer while having achieved fewer victories, those numbers do not seem overly impressive considering that many argue this driver is among the most talented in the sport. In comparison, Chase Elliott has visited victory lane 11 times in 185 career starts and is coming off of a season in which…

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How much longer can Kevin Harvick keep up this pace?

Kevin Harvick had a phenomenal 2020 season on the NASCAR Cup Series. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver led the series in wins(9), top-5 finishes(20), top-10 finishes(27), laps led(1531), lead lap finishes(33), and average finishing position(7.7). The only thing he didn’t do was win the championship after failing to make the Championship 4 during the final stretch run of the NASCAR Playoffs. Title or not, however, the achievements of this driver and his team during the disjointed coronavirus-plagued 2020 season were quite remarkable. That is perhaps even more true when one looks back into NASCAR’s past and sees that many of the…

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SRX Series to contest event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in July

Press Release: Nashville, TN (Monday, January 4, 2021) – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway announces its third blockbuster event of the 2021 season – The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) championship race will be held at the prestigious Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) on Saturday, July 17th. The SRX championship race will join the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Masters of the Pros 150, making this show a cannot miss auto racing experience. “We are proud to unveil another national event for our race fans in Nashville,” says President of Track Enterprises, Bob Sargent. “The SRX and Masters of the Pros event is another step in…

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Now or Never time for a Denny Hamlin championship?

Being labeled as the best driver to never win a NASCAR Cup Series championship comes with both positive and negative connotations. On one hand, any driver being considered for such a title has obviously won races and contended for titles. But on the other hand, the person carrying that moniker has no doubt, on at least a few occasions, finished seasons with the frustration of not having achieved the ultimate goal at the sport’s top level. Among active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series division today, the label of best driver to never win a championship is most often attached…

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Stewart Friesen to go Dirt Late Model racing in 2021

In a story reported by DirtonDirt.com, it has been revealed that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Stewart Friesen will compete in select Dirt Late Model races during the 2021 season. The 37-year-old Canadian has long been one of the top racers in the Big Block Modified division that contests events on dirt primarily in the northeastern portion of the United States. According to his website, Friesen has won more than 275 Modified and Sprint Car feature races during his career. Friesen has won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, both coming in 2019. One of those victories was…

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There were plenty of positives that came out of NASCAR in 2020

It’s easy to find negatives from the year 2020. If you don’t think so, just look at social media and read all the negativity spewing from Facebook and Twitter everyday. But instead of focusing on the bad, a look at the positives that came from this soon-to-be-finished year would make for a much better way to dive into the New Year. NASCAR provided plenty of positivity to at least briefly turn the attention of its fans away from coronavirus, shutdowns, politics, natural disasters, and all of the other difficulties faced in America and the world during the past year. For…

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Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway still working toward NASCAR dates

The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway was once a staple on the NASCAR schedule. The .596-mile paved oval hosted the NASCAR Cup Series from 1958 when Joe Weatherly captured the checkered flag in a 100-mile event until 1984 when Geoffrey Bodine was the last to earn a win in the sport’s top division on the historic track. The NASCAR Xfinity Series raced there on an irregular basis from 1984 to 2000 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series staged events in the state capital of Tennessee from 1996 to 2000. The track recently hosted the All-American 400, one of pavement short track…

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Which organizations will benefit most from driver shuffles?

The driver lineups of some of NASCAR’s major organizations will look a little different from last year when teams arrive at the Daytona International Speedway in February to kick off the 2021 Cup Series season. Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Chip Ganassi Racing have each shuffled their driver lineups as they prepare for the upcoming campaign. And as has been the case over the past few seasons, the trend continues to be that of replacing older veterans with much younger drivers as three of the four stated teams did. It was a substandard year for all of…

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