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Roush Fenway Racing Becomes 1st Carbon-Neutral NASCAR Team

Ryan Newman During Daytona 500 Practice, 2/10/2021

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Roush Fenway Racing has become the first carbon-neutral team in NASCAR, the NASCAR Cup Series organization announced Feb. 18. RFR will use Castrol, its official sponsor, to reduce its carbon usage and offset programs across its operations both on and off the track. The partnership between the team and Castrol will help the team better …

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Scott Heckert Driving for Live Fast at Daytona Road Course

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Scott Heckert is set to drive the No. 78 car for Live Fast Motorsports in Sunday’s (Feb. 21) NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. The change was noted the Cup starting lineup for the event. BJ McLeod, who ended 23rd in the Daytona 500, was listed to start 19th, but …

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Chase Elliott Snags Cup Pole for Daytona Road Course

Chase Elliott races in Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chase Elliott will lead the field to green in Sunday’s (Feb. 21) race on the Daytona International Speedway road course in the NASCAR Cup Series. Elliott claimed the pole after finishing second in the season opener. Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell will line up second alongside Elliott. Austin Dillon begins in third, Denny Hamlin is …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Perception of Daytona 500 Changed Due to High Crash Rate?

2021 Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Involving Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Daytona 500 means many different things for many different race fans. Over the years, the perception of the Daytona 500 has changed many different times. In its early years, it was a race where the limits of the machine and horsepower were tested. Often a spread-out, low-attrition race, the Daytona 500 was sold as …

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Waid’s World: Daytona 500 May Have Been Good Race, But Not Like Ones Many Remember

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This year’s Daytona 500 had many of the elements found in several of the past season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway. Excitement? Surely. Drama? Undeniable. Unpredictable events that altered the course of the race? Yes. Like it or not, multicar wrecks are always a part of any 500. A riveting finish? Oh, certainly. And as …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Time Should the Daytona 500 Start?

Joey Logano leads over a group of cars including Ryan Preece in Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a long time coming for Michael McDowell. From a rushed prospect, to starting and parking while driving Trevor Bayne‘s motorhome, to his home now at Front Row Motorsports, it all led him to where he is now: a Daytona 500 champion. His first victory came in his 358th career NASCAR Cup Series start, …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Takeaways from Daytona Speedweeks 2021

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#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK #43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Armor All #36: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang

This year’s Daytona Speedweek provided many reasons, both good and bad, to be remembered by. New faces in new places, along with an entertaining combination of big wrecks, hurt feelings and thrilling dashes to the finish. It was all topped off by Michael McDowell’s unbelievable first career NASCAR Cup Series win after 358 prior tries. …

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Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski Wreck from Lead on Last Lap of Daytona 500

2021 Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Involving Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski‘s goal for the Daytona 500 was pretty simple. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of hopefully not getting caught up in somebody else’s wreck and if that happens, capitalizing,” Keselowski told media on Jan. 26. It’s an understandable goal for someone who entered Sunday’s race having wrecked out of six of the last …

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Michael McDowell Scores 1st Career Win in Wreck-Filled, Rain-Delayed Daytona 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A rain-plagued 2021 Daytona 500 ended nearly 10 hours after it began, after 12:20 a.m. ET on Monday (Feb. 15). For Michael McDowell, it was worth the wait. The No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford driver earned his first career win at Daytona, taking the underdog team to victory lane in his 358th career start. …

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Massive Crash, Lightning Delay Mar Early Laps of 2021 Daytona 500

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It didn’t take long for both the racing and weather Sunday (Feb. 14) to escalate in the 2021 Daytona 500. On lap 14, contact between Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola sent the latter sideways, crashing into Alex Bowman and taking nearly half the field with him. The massive pileup was followed by a lightning delay …

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Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 Fails Pre-Race Inspection Twice Before Daytona 500

Bubba Wallace takes a few practice laps at the 2021 Daytona 500.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

One of several teams in the garage making their NASCAR Cup Series debut, 23XI Racing didn’t start off Sunday’s 2021 Daytona 500 (Feb. 14) the way they planned. The No. 23 Toyota Camry, driven by Bubba Wallace, failed inspection twice prior to the race before passing on their third attempt. According to Jeff Gluck on …

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