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Texas checkered, black flags

Here’s both ends of the spectrum from the All-Star Race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.


Kyle Larson

It’s gotten to the point that whatever Larson drives he’ll end up in Victory Lane. His $1 million All-Star Race victory Sunday night kept his incredible Cup winning streak alive with sweeps in the Coca-Cola 600 and Sonoma leading to his Texas triumph.

Hendrick Motorsports

Larson’s organization is also on a red hot streak with not just victories on the track but on pit road as well. Chase Elliott’s Hendrick crew took home $100,000 Sunday night for orchestrating the fastest green flag pit stop.

Team Penske

Still not able to wrestle the top spot away from Hendrick, but Roger Penske’s squad wasn’t too shabby in the All-Star Race. Brad Keselowski was second behind Larson with Joey Logano fourth and Ryan Blaney coming home in the fifth spot.

John Hunter Nemechek

He’s having a career year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Nemechek scored his fourth win of the season Saturday afternoon, which is double the amount of victories he’s ever had in one year.

Joe Gibbs Racing

JGR’s Xfinity Series program is nearly unstoppable, especially with the team’s No. 54 ride, which has won three of the last four races of 2021 with two different drivers — Kyle Busch twice, including Saturday at Texas, and Ty Gibbs once.


Daniel Suarez

A hard luck night for the fan favorite. Suarez made hard contact with Erik Jones in the All-Star Race Open and was sidelined for the evening with a significantly damaged car.

Martin Truex Jr.

One week he’s a world beater and another he’s not a factor. The latter was the case for Truex Jr., who really was never an impact player all night long or in contention for the $1 million payday.

Harrison Burton

While the JGR No. 54 Xfinity Series entry keeps hitting on all cylinders, Burton is having an up-and-down season in the No. 20. He experienced issues on Saturday that led to a 30th-place finish.

Sheldon Creed

The defending Truck Series champion was out of contention early on Saturday when a spin and subsequent damage added up to a 35th-place finish.

Stewart Friesen

Contact from and some harsh words for Carson Hocevar led to Friesen spinning and crashing out of Saturday’s Truck Series race leaving him with a 34th-place finish.