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NASCAR Mailbox: What are Realistic Expectations for New Organizations This Year?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With seven road course events set to take place this season (including three new venues to the NASCAR Cup Series), “into the unknown” is a cliché, but true, moniker. World-class facilities await the field in Road America, Circuit of the Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. But with stock cars taking to the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Busch Clash at Daytona

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's

What happened? Kyle Busch won the Busch Clash at the Daytona International Speedway road course on Tuesday (Feb. 9) after Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney collided in the frontstretch chicane while battling for the victory. Busch led just one lap, and he held the top spot for about 300 feet of that lap. Elliott, Joey …

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Kyle Busch Squeaks by for Clash Victory as Leaders Crash

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Busch Clash provided an exciting start to Speedweeks, as a last-lap pass solidified a win for Kyle Busch. The 2012 Clash winner started from the 16th position and led only one lap en route to his second win in the exhibition event. Following contact between Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, Busch passed the pair …

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A Tangled Friendship: Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney Lose Opportunity at Clash Win

Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott Collide in the Busch Clash at Daytona, February 9, 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For the first time ever, the Busch Clash was held on the Daytona International Speedway road course, and it did not disappoint. In a race that saw lockups, spins, a caution for dirt and even a fire, the end delivered in perhaps the most unexpected way. On fresher tires, pole sitter Ryan Blaney passed Chase …

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Did You Notice?: A NASCAR 2021 Push for Unity, After Division

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… NASCAR is in position to grow exponentially as the 2021 season dawns, sitting four days before its biggest race, the Daytona 500. After an off-track push for new investors, racial justice and unity, the question is whether people with very different opinions can come together, embracing change as the sport reaches a …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Busch Clash

Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto are solid picks for the 2021 Busch Clash Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s finally here! NASCAR is back and the 2021 Cup Series season is upon us. Before teams get set for the Daytona 500, 21 drivers will compete in the Busch Clash, with a new twist for this year. The exhibition will take place not on the 2.5-mile superspeedway but on the Daytona International Speedway road …

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20 Years On: The Void In the Room — and the One That Didn’t Happen

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“Just to see Big E back on the track, Would put a smile on every face. No one drove a car quite like Earnhardt”. – Cledus T. Judd’s “I Love NASCAR” (2004) I consider myself lucky. Born in 1991, I have memories of watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. compete. While they’re from well after the time …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Part II — Chase Briscoe Discusses Improvement, Tragedy and Perception

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As Chase Briscoe enters his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series, plenty of “new” is on his horizon. Part of that includes racing stiffer competition than he’s ever faced.  But Briscoe also brings with him a different perspective on life following a miscarriage suffered by his wife, Marissa, ahead of his Darlington Xfinity Series …

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Five Points: A Year of Change. After a Year of Change.

Chase Elliott holds 2020 Bill France trophy Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A Year Of Change. After a Year of Change. There’s a lot to look forward to this season. Putting the Daytona 500 to one side for a moment, we’ve got the Bristol Dirt race, a trip to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, a jaunt around Road America, a new oval in Nashville Superspeedway, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Has The Busch Clash Outlived Its Use?

The Busch Clash at Daytona 2017 Photo: Nigel Kiinrade/Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Perhaps it’s related to the Chaos Theory, but left to their own devices, once simple ideas tend to become bloated, overly-complicated and less fun than they were in their original permutations. To cite one notable example, the Ford Mustang took the automobile world by storm in April of 1964. The svelte new car (which could …

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