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Did You Notice?: Hendrick Motorsports is the New Face of NASCAR Youth Movement

Alex Bowman talks with Rick Hendrick before 2021 NASCAR Cup Race at Homestead Photo NKP

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon retired in November 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup Series championship. He was 44 years old. Just five years later, William Byron trounced the field at that same track Sunday (Feb. 28) to take Gordon’s former No. 24 car to victory lane at …

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What Cup Drivers Said After NASCAR Test at COTA

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

In preparation for the NASCAR national series races at Circuit of the Americas, NASCAR had a test at the Austin, Texas, track with Cup Series drivers Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski on March 2. COTA has hosted NTT IndyCar Series, Formula 1 and IMSA races, among others, but this is the first …

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10 Cup & Xfinity Teams Penalized for Homestead Lug Nut Violations

2021 Homestead Cup Chase Elliott Kyle Busch Racing NKP

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NASCAR today (March 2) announced a slew of lug nut-related penalties between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series after last weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All of the penalized Cup and Xfinity teams were found in violation of section 10.9.10.4 of the rule book., which deals with lug nuts not being properly …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead

2021 Homestead Cup William Byron Victory Lane Win NKP

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What happened? William Byron won the Dixie Vodka 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday (Feb. 28) after leading a race-high (and career-high) 102 laps. Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five finishers. An impressive drive in so many ways! Retweet to congratulate @WilliamByron on tonight's win …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Dixie Vodka 400

William Byron won the 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? His first win was controversial, coming after he triggered a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway in the 2020 regular-season finale to squeeze into the playoffs, but William Byron’s second victory was a statement. Byron dominated at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leading 102 of 267 laps, including the …

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Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. Participating in COTA Tire Test

2017 US Grand

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In preparation for the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas, Cup drivers Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. will test Goodyear tires at the 3.41-mile road course, NASCAR announced Feb. 25. The March 2 session is not open to the public. The three drivers represent the three Cup manufacturers; …

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Did You Notice?: A Cautionary Tale on NASCAR Road Courses

Yellow Flag

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Did You Notice? … This year’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course ran 12 of its 70 laps under caution? It adds up to 17% of Sunday’s race (Feb. 21), with only one green-flag run lasting more than 10 laps. The eight cautions were more than any road race outside of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: I Missed So Much in Daytona

Denny Hamlin leads the pack during the 2021 O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona Photo: NKP

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A second straight weekend in Daytona Beach was not originally on the schedule, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic necessitated it. With that, you ended up with a tripleheader weekend on Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Compared to last year, these races were ridiculous. The most looney of all was Friday night’s Truck race. I’ll be …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Feels Like the First Time

Christopher Bell celebrates after winning the 2021 O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 Photo:NKP

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Here’s an interesting tidbit: For the first time since 1950, the first two races of the Cup Series schedule have been won by first-time visitors to victory lane. It’s almost happened a couple times before. In 2001, Michael Waltrip picked up his first win at Daytona International Speedway, but Rockingham Speedway winner Steve Park had …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona Road Course

2021 Daytona RC Cup Bell Victory Lane NKP 1

What happened? Christopher Bell won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona road course on Sunday (Feb. 21), making it back-to-back first time winners to open the 2021 Cup Series season (the first time since 1950 that has happened). Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five finishers. 🏁 …

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