Is Kyle Larson worthy of comparisons to Foyt, Andretti?

It has been quite some time since drivers such as A.J Foyt and Mario Andretti used to compete and win in virtually everything on four wheels. However, there has been a revival of that sort of competitor as this year we have witnessed a driver earn wins across many of the disciplines that make up the sport of auto racing. Kyle Larson is achieving things that most modern-day racing fans have never seen in their lifetimes by acquiring checkered flags and trophies from highly coveted races within the various forms of motorsports. It’s rare here in the 21st century to…

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Less practice and qualifying for NASCAR stars means more dirt racing opportunities

Since the return by NASCAR from pandemic restrictions in 2020, there have been numerous changes to the way the sport goes about its business. Among the biggest of those changes has been an almost complete elimination in the areas of race weekend practice and qualifying. The result of those changes has been far reaching in that the impact has been felt in others forms of the sport. Over the past 15 months or so, there have been multiple NASCAR drivers who have entered dirt track, short track, and road course races that might not have been an option had the…

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NASCAR getting what it wanted from the Playoffs format

The two most recent NASCAR Cup Series races held before the two-week Olympics break have seen drivers score wins who were either on the cutline in the series standings or were well out of contention in terms of making the NASCAR Playoffs based on their points position. As a result, the list of drivers who have a chance at making the cut and being in contention for the title has been in a state of flux during this midsummer time out. And it would stand to reason that NASCAR and its television partners are just fine with that. Others, however,…

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Did Ross Chastain really do anything wrong?

Rarely has a driver who finished 21st been the topic of so much conversation following the conclusion of a race as has been Ross Chastain since the checkered flag waved over the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart. During the closing laps of the NASCAR Cup Series event held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Chastain’s No. 42 car was in the process of being lapped by then leader Kyle Busch when Kurt Busch caught and passed his younger brother on his way to a victory and an almost certain spot in the upcoming NASCAR Playoffs. After the race,…

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Next five weeks could make or break Kurt Busch’s 2021 season

Sixteen drivers will make the cut to become eligible for a shot at the NASCAR Cup Series championship with that cut set to be made following the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway seven weeks from now. Drivers who have won a race up to that point in the season will make the cut along with those highest in points who haven’t won until all sixteen spots are filled. If the NASCAR Playoffs cut were to be made today, Kurt Busch would be a championship contender … but just barely. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver is currently ranked…

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Pocono Double Header Weekend Delivered on All Counts

I will freely admit that I have not always been a fan of the Pocono Raceway. I will also admit that I have not always been a fan of the 550 horsepower/high downforce package used at some tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series, including this one. But at the same time, I am not one of those people in today’s society that finds it impossible to admit that I might have been wrong about something. The two NASCAR Cup Series races held this weekend at Pocono Raceway delivered! On Saturday in the Pocono Organics CBD 325 there was a tense…

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Does it take winning a championship to make a driver’s season “great”?

Among Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, who had the better season in 2018? Logano ultimately won the NASCAR Cup Series championship in that year after scoring three victories throughout the season. Harvick and Busch finished third and fourth respectively in the final rundown but each won eight races over the course of the campaign. But in the end, it was Logano and his Team Penske No. 22 Ford who prevailed in the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the title. Of Logano’s three wins in 2018, two of them were very well timed as he won at…

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Just how good can Kyle Larson’s season be?

Seven weeks ago it could have been said that Kyle Larson was having a good 2021 season. At that point, the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had one win to go along with four top-5 and six top-10 finishes. At that time, the 28-year-old driver was 9th in NASCAR Cup Series points and was trailing leader Denny Hamlin by 144 markers. However, these last seven weeks have brought about a drastic change for the Elk Grove, CA native and his team. Larson went on a streak of three consecutive second-place results which was then followed up by…

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New Track + Long Weekend = Advantages for Power Teams

The Nashville Super Speedway isn’t necessarily a new track for NASCAR. The D-shaped oval was first used by the sport’s top sanctioning body in 2001 when it began hosting events for the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. However, the facility located just outside the capital city of Tennessee last staged events for those two tours back in 2011. Nashville Super Speedway has never held a place on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. All of that will change this weekend when each of the three of three top divisions will take to the high-banked 1.33-mile concrete layout for…

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Four contract year drivers who needed a big All-Star weekend … but didn’t get it

In the grand scheme of things, the NASCAR All-Star Race doesn’t mean very much … unless you happen to be the driver who wins it and collects the $1 million first prize. Beyond that, the other drivers are like those contestants on a game show who don’t win anything and only receive a year’s supply of ‘Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat’ as a consolation prize. But there could be an exception to the opening paragraph of this piece. A driver who has had a lackluster campaign throughout the first half of the NASCAR Cup Series season could perhaps use the…

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