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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 1: Kevin Harvick

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After capturing nine NASCAR Cup Series victories last year, Kevin Harvick looks to continue his winning ways in 2021. With guidance from longtime crew chief Rodney Childers, Harvick is destined to reclaim a spot in the Championship 4 after just missing out in 2020. But with new venues and seven road courses currently on the … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 2: Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott holds 2020 Bill France trophy Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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The champ is here! The champ is here! The triumphant 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will strap behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet for his sixth full-time season at Hendrick Motorsports. With teammate Jimmie Johnson‘s departure from the team to go NTT IndyCar Series racing, it is looking like the 25-year-old … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 3: Denny Hamlin

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Joe Gibbs Racing staple Denny Hamlin returns to the No. 11 Toyota in 2021, following up a seven-win 2020 campaign with year 17 of NASCAR Cup Series competition. The veteran and longtime sponsor FedEx signed a multi-year extension with the team earlier this week, following his success in the new decade’s opening trip around the … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 4: Joey Logano

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Joey Logano kicked down the NASCAR Cup Series door in the late 2000s, driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry. He secured his first win that year, later moving to Team Penske, where his success skyrocketed. Now, with a Daytona 500 win, a Cup championship and a plethora of wins, Sliced Bread is … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 5: Kyle Busch

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“Rowdy,” “Wild Thing,” “Candyman.” Whatever name you choose to call him, there is no denying how unquestionably good of a racer Kyle Busch is. He’s accomplished so much in his NASCAR career that it’s hard to pick exactly where to start from. His 2015 and 2019 championship seasons are years that he’ll keep in his … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 6: Brad Keselowski

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Since moving to the No. 2 ride at Team Penske a decade ago, Brad Keselowski has been an absolute model of consistency. As we head into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Keselowski is once again expected to be a championship front-runner. The 2012 series champion has won a race every year since 2011, the second … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 7: Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. started the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season hopeful after back-to-back runner-up finishes in the championship standings, preceded by winning the 2017 Cup championship. But with new crew chief James Small atop the No. 19 pit box, Truex didn’t perform as well in the COVID-19-affected 2020 season. He won at Martinsville Speedway but … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 8: Ryan Blaney

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Roger Penske decided to reinvent his NASCAR establishment, Team Penske, at the beginning of 2020 by swapping crew chiefs between his three drivers. 2012 champion Brad Keselowski was given Jeremy Bullins, who had been with Ryan Blaney for the past four seasons. Joey Logano was paired with Keselowski’s former crew chief Paul Wolfe. That meant … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 9: Alex Bowman

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A Look Back Alex Bowman started the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season on the front row of the Daytona 500 for the third straight year and hoped for at least a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, Bowman was involved in the Big One and finished 24th. But it didn’t take long for him to  break through, scoring … Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 10: Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson directly placed himself in a tumultuous situation last year and is ready for the reset that comes with a new season. In a well-documented and inexcusable error, the six-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner used a racial slur in an iRacing event in April that subsequently cost him his job, expelling him from … Read more

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