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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 10: Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson directly placed himself in a tumultuous situation last year and is ready for the reset that comes with a new season. In a well-documented and inexcusable error, the six-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner used a racial slur in an iRacing event in April that subsequently cost him his job, expelling him from …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 16: Tyler Reddick

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Entering off the heels of a competitive rookie season, Tyler Reddick comes into 2021 set to do more in his sophomore season. Reddick, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, finished 19th in points in 2020 after posting three top fives and nine top 10s. He was bested by Cole Custer for last …

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Austin Cindric to Make Cup Series Debut with Daytona 500 Attempt

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Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric will attempt to make his Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500, Team Penske announced Wednesday (Jan. 20) morning. Cindric, 22, will pilot the No. 33 Ford for Team Penske at Daytona International Speedway with crew chief Miles Stanley atop the pit box. “There is a lot to …

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Ty Dillon to Compete in Daytona 500 for Gaunt Brothers Racing

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Ty Dillon will drive for Gaunt Brothers Racing in the Daytona 500, the Associated Press reported Tuesday morning. Dillon will pilot the No. 96 Toyota with backing from Bass Pro Shops and Black Rifle Coffee for the first race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Dillon, 28, spent the past four seasons driving the …

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Jamie McMurray to Compete in Daytona 500 for Spire Motorsports

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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)

Jamie McMurray will come out of retirement to race in the 63rd annual Daytona 500, Fox Sports reported Tuesday morning. McMurray, the 2010 winner of the Great American Race, will drive the No. 77 AdventHealth Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports, an entry that will be prepared by Chip Ganassi Racing, which fielded McMurray’s cars for 13 …

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Noah Gragson to Make Daytona 500 Debut for Beard Motorsports

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Noah Gragson will attempt to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500 driving for Beard Motorsports, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 14. Gragson, who competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car, replaces Brendan Gaughan behind the wheel of the No. 62 Chevrolet after Gaughan’s decision to …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Richard Petty Motorsports

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Richard Petty Motorsports entered 2020 understanding its resources were limited but managed to capitalize nonetheless. The No. 43 team, piloted by Bubba Wallace, enjoyed its most successful season since Wallace joined the team in 2018 with one top five, five top-10 finishes and a 22nd-place finish in points. In his third full-time season in the …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Joins Arrow McLaren SP for 2021 Indianapolis 500

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will make his return to the famed Brickyard in 2021 piloting an entry for Arrow McLaren SP, the team announced Wednesday. Montoya, who won the event as a rookie in 2000 before claiming his second in 2015, will make his first Indianapolis 500 start since 2017, when he …

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Josh Reaume’s Suspension a Reminder That Ignorance Has No Bounds

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On Tuesday (Nov. 10), NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner/driver Josh Reaume was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s behavioral policy. A report from Kickin’ the Tires stated the reason behind Reaume’s suspension was none other than a Toaster Strudel decorated in icing in the shape of a swastika. A …

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Alan Gustafson Claims 1st NASCAR Cup Championship as Crew Chief

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Alan Gustafson has worked with elite drivers in his career, including current or future NASCAR Hall of Famers Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon. None of them delivered him a NASCAR Cup Series championship, nor did he deliver one to them. In his 16th season as a Cup Series crew chief, he and Chase …

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