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Parker Kligerman Races Way Into Daytona 500

Parker Kligerman was all smiles after racing his way into The Great American Race. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Parker Kligerman thought his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career was over. He thought he’d never get another opportunity to compete in the Daytona 500. Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 14), he earned himself a second chance. The driver of the No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota held off Ryan Truex in the …

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Jamie McMurray At Peace Ahead of Potential Final NASCAR Start

Jamie McMurray has no plans of racing past this Sunday's Daytona 500, but left the door cracked open for a potential one-off. (Photo/Davey Segal)

The white flag is out for Jamie McMurray. Sunday’s Daytona 500 will (probably) mark the Joplin, Mo., native’s final career NASCAR start, driving the No. 40 for Chip Ganassi Racing. Despite having already went through this process once last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this weekend is different. “This is super different than Homestead was, knowing …

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Kevin Harvick Thinking Big Picture Ahead of 2019 Daytona 500

Kevin Harvick calls the Big Three "irrelevant at this point," citing the new rules package as something that will throw the competition for a loop. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Kevin Harvick has done this a time or two. The 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and series veteran has participated in his fair share of media days getting the same old questions, giving the same old answers. But Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 13) at 2019 Daytona 500 Media Day, as he’s done regularly the …

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Aric Almirola Welcoming Pressure in Daytona 500 Redemption Pursuit

Aric Almirola is looking for redemption from his Daytona 500 heartbreak last season, falling one mile short of victory. (Photo/Davey Segal)

One more mile and it all could have been so different. Aric Almirola‘s heartbreak in last year’s Daytona 500 will be played in highlight reels forever — on the wrong side of history, as they say. One would think a sour taste would still resonate almost 365 days later. But he’s over it. “I don’t …

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Denny Hamlin Focused On Bounce-Back 2019 Campaign

Denny Hamlin is looking to replicate his 2016 triumph and hoist the Harley J. Earl trophy for his second Daytona 500 victory. (Photo/Davey Segal)

2018 was a year to forget for Denny Hamlin. The Chesterfield, Va., native failed to win a race at NASCAR’s top level for the first time in his full-time career (since 2006). Not winning a race in Joe Gibbs Racing equipment is an enormous disappointment. Hamlin wasn’t shy about his downturn in performance, either. It …

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Matt DiBenedetto’s Career Coming Full Circle in 2019 with Toyota, LFR

Matt DiBenedetto is back for 2019 where it all started: with Toyota. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Change is inevitable. In NASCAR, change is constant, normal and expected. Matt DiBenedetto has been no stranger to change at the Cup Series level. BK Racing and Go FAS Racing have been the first two stops in a three-year span for the Grass Valley, California native. But 2019 brings on a new challenge and the …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ‘Could Care Less’ About His Plate Racing Reputation

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is looking to earn his first career Daytona 500 victory in 2019. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t here to apologize. The driver of the No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing is here to deliver. Deliver a win in the Great American Race for the first time in his career and the first for RFR since Matt Kenseth in 2012. With his history on restrictor plate tracks, that …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Martinsville Changed Everything

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Coming into the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs, the talk of the town was about three drivers. “The Big Three” drivers in the sport: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Raise your hand if you had Joey Logano beating them all in the winner-take-all season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career Cup …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

2018 was a year of change for Ryan Blaney. But it was also one of improvement and one to celebrate. The 25-year-old High Point, N.C. native made the playoffs, advanced through the Round of 12 and made NASCAR history this season. He did it all with a new team, too, as he jumped from Wood …

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Kevin Harvick Comes Up Short in Homestead: ‘We Just Got Beat Tonight’

Kevin Harvick came up short of winning his second career Cup Series championship, finishing third in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

2018 will be remembered as the “what if” season for Kevin Harvick. In the end, it was close but no cigar. The Bakersfield, California native finished third in the Ford EcoBoost 400 and third in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle. A career-best, eight-win season ended without the big prize. “We had a daytime …

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