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Entry List: 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ first trip to a road course for the 2021 season will feature 40 cars at the Daytona International Speedway road course. With 40 cars entered, all will race, barring any entry list changes. James Davison, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Haley will make their first Cup starts of 2021. Davison is entered …

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Here’s Who’s Dropping to the Back in the 2021 Daytona 500

Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch racing in the Busch Clash

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry DeWalt #1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro AdventHealth #43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro RP Funding

Two more Daytona 500 entries will start the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season from the rear of the field on Sunday (Feb. 14) at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. and Richard Petty Motorsports’ Erik Jones will fall to the back prior to the green flag for the Daytona 500. Jones will …

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Here’s the Starting Lineup for the 2021 Daytona 500

Aric Almirola wins the 2021 Daytona Duel #1

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Following the Thursday Duels at Daytona International Speedway, the starting lineup for the 2021 Daytona 500 is set. Alex Bowman and William Byron already locked themselves in on the front row Wednesday (Feb. 10) following single-car qualifying. Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon, meanwhile, will start third and fourth after winning their respective Duels. Aric Almirola …

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Thursday End in Heartbreak as 4 Drivers Fail to Qualify for Daytona 500

Ty Dillon Misses Daytona 500 in Duel I in 2021 Photo: NKP

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It was a tale of two Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona International Speedway. Duel one was a calm, caution-free affair. Duel two featured two cautions and included three of the four open teams being involved in those cautions. It resulted in both drivers that were already locked into the field racing their way into the …

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Austin Dillon Nabs 2nd Daytona Duel Win, Kaz Grala Qualifies for 500

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Austin Dillon won on a crossover move in NASCAR overtime to win the second Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona International Speedway to set the field for Sunday’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500. He bested Bubba Wallace, who debuted a fast No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota. Dillon is seeking his second Daytona 500 victory. He will start …

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Aric Almirola Wins First Duel, Austin Cindric Makes Daytona 500

Aric Almirola won the first qualifying race for the 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Aric Almirola used a shove from Christopher Bell to snag the victory in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Almirola will start the 2021 Daytona 500 in third, seeking his first Daytona 500 victory and his second NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona. “All these guys on this team built me …

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3 Cup Car Chiefs Ejected After Inspection Issues

David Ragan car at Daytona 2021, Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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NASCAR ejected the car chief from three NASCAR Cup Series teams after three cars failed inspection at least twice prior to Daytona 500 single-car qualifying. The Nos. 13 and 36, driven by Garrett Smithley and David Ragan, respectively, failed inspection twice. Both their car chiefs were ejected. Noah Gragson‘s No. 62 Chevrolet failed inspection three …

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Alex Bowman, William Byron Lead Duel Starting Lineups

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Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron will start first in each of their Duel qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 11. They earned the starting positions after claiming the front row of the Daytona 500 pole. The odd-numbered qualifiers will race in Duel 1, while the even numbers are in Duel 2. Among those …

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Noah Gragson Facing Extra Pressure, Motivation in Daytona

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Noah Gragson is entering his third season driving JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car after winning two races and finishing fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings in 2020. One of those wins came in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, something he’ll try to defend this Saturday (Feb. 13) when the NXS schedule kicks …

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Alex Bowman Wins Daytona 500 Pole, William Byron 2nd

Alex Bowman and William Byron start on the front row at Daytona 2021 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Alex Bowman won the Daytona 500 pole Wednesday night, posting a lap speed of 191.261 mph. This is his second career Daytona 500 pole. It’s also his fourth consecutive year on the front row, the first time in NASCAR Cup Series history. His teammate William Byron will start alongside him on the front row after …

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Kyle Busch: Former Crew Chief Adam Stevens ‘Quit On Me’

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Kyle Busch claimed his former NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Adam Stevens “quit on me” during an offseason that saw Joe Gibbs Racing change its driver-crew chief lineup. Busch’s comments came in a segment of an interview done by Graham Bensinger. Busch and Stevens were broken up by Joe Gibbs Racing after they earned two …

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Bubba Wallace Leads Toyota Brigade in Daytona 500 Practice

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Bubba Wallace held the fastest lap in the first NASCAR Cup Series practice of the 2021 season at Daytona International Speedway. His No. 23 car of 23XI Racing went 199.747 mph, leading a chain of Toyotas across the speed chart for much of the session. The Joe Gibbs Racing squad of Martin Truex Jr., Denny …

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