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Austin Cindric Arrives With Daytona 500 Win: ‘We’ve Come a Long Way’

Austin Cindric

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Austin Cindric’s final pit stop couldn’t have been worse.

With Daytona International Speedway’s frontstretch lights illuminating them, the pit crew for Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford was slow and lacked coordination.

They also didn’t even bother to put on safety equipment. One even wore a backpack.

Aric Almirola: ‘I’ll Want This One Back For Sure’

Aric Almirola smiles in the garage area at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Aric Almirola knew this Daytona 500 was going to be different.

The 64th annual Great American Race may be his last, the three-time Cup Series race winner having announced his retirement from full-time NASCAR racing after what will be 11 complete seasons. Pre-race, he was soaking in every moment with family members, close sponsor representatives and others.

Post-race, he was wishing he had one more shot.

Bubba Wallace Left Wanting More After Daytona 500 Runner-Up: ‘I Thought We Had It’

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Four years ago, Bubba Wallace had tears in his eyes following a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500.

This time around, those same tears welled in his eyes following an identical result. But the only thing that was reminiscent of 2018 was the finishing position. Everything else had changed.

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

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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

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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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Chase Elliott Signs 5-Year Contract Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

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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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Harrison Burton, Team Penske Top Daytona 500 Final Practice

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

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Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing ran most of Daytona 500 final practice Saturday (Feb. 19) with all their cars on track. But it was rookie Harrison Burton from Wood Brothers Racing that set the fastest lap, posting the top speed with less than 10 minutes left in a quiet session.

In 21 laps on track, Burton ran a fast time of 47.782 seconds (188.355 mph). He’ll roll off eighth on the grid in the No. 21 while making his first Daytona 500 start.

Michael McDowell Fastest in Friday Daytona 500 Practice

McDowell

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Michael McDowell picked up his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in his 358th start at last year’s Daytona 500. With a second-place finish in his qualifying race yesterday and the fastest time in final practice Friday (Feb. 18) at 192.68 mph, his Daytona 500 defense is off to a great start. Front Row Motorsports …

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