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Stock Car Scoop: What Did We Learn from the 2022 Daytona 500?

Austin Cindric celebrates winning the Daytona 500 on the frontstretch. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2022 Daytona 500 did not disappoint, an action-packed race ending with a rookie in victory lane. Austin Cindric took the checkered flag in just his eighth career NASCAR Cup Series start, capping off a wild finish in which he held off Bubba Wallace by just 0.036 seconds at the line. It was a far cry from rookie teammate Harrison Burton’s afternoon, flipping over on the backstretch in the day’s most serious incident as aggression produced several bump drafts gone wrong.

After the Next Gen’s debut in full-field, top-speed competition, what were the takeaways from the Great American Race? Stock Car Scoop hosts Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss their thoughts on everything surrounding Sunday’s (Feb. 20) NASCAR Super Bowl.

Austin Cindric Evades Chaos, Scores 1st Cup Series Win in Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a flip, multiple multi-car crashes and late-race chaos, Austin Cindric emerged as the 2022 Daytona 500 champion on Sunday (Feb. 20) as he survived final-restart challenges from teammate Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace and others as the field crashed through the Daytona International Speedway trioval behind him. Cindric’s most recent Cup start, at …

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Harrison Burton Flips In Wild Daytona 500 Crash

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Things were calm for a while in Sunday’s (Feb. 20) Daytona 500. A couple of cautions dotted stage one, but things picked up in a hurry as the segment wound down. Double-file racing prevailed with rookie Harrison Burton leading the outside lane. Burton’s No. 21 was visibly squirrely, and it culminated in Brad Keselowski pushing …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: 2022 Daytona 500

NASCAR Next Gen car

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The 2022 Daytona 500 is here. It took three months and 13 days, but we made it through the offseason, folks. NASCAR Cup Series racing is back. Well, if you want to get technical, regular-season NASCAR racing is back, since the Clash at the L.A. Coliseum took place two weeks ago, but the season opener is upon …

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Chase Elliott Signs 5-Year Contract Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chase Elliott will remain with Hendrick Motorsports until the conclusion of the 2027 NASCAR Cup Series season. Elliott and the Chevrolet stable agreed on a five-year contract extension that was announced Sunday (Feb. 20), just ahead of the 64th Daytona 500. The 26-year-old son of Bill Elliott is embarking on his seventh full-time season with …

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Stock Car Scoop: What Do We Know About the 2022 Daytona 500?

#21: Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft / Dex Imaging (NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the field splintering into small packs during the Daytona 500 qualifying races and the only major Duels incident on the final lap of the night, how much will the main event reflect the twin 150-mile races from Thursday? Were hosts Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek surprised by Kaz Grala and Greg Biffle securing the final transfer spots among unchartered teams? And who has the edge among the top drivers entering Sunday’s Great American Race?

The duo discuss these topics and more in a pre-Daytona 500 edition of Stock Car Scoop.

NASCAR 101: A Menagerie of Unknowns, Potential Surprises at Daytona

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota, Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, drive during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Things couldn’t be more nebulous to begin the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Stock Car Scoop: Was NASCAR’s Clash at the Coliseum a Triumph?

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After a wild Sunday (Feb. 6) afternoon where Joey Logano emerged triumphant in NASCAR’s Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek had a lot to break down – the former at the track in L.A. and the latter on the other side of the country in Virginia. How much …

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