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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Christopher Bell won at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? First-time winners don’t happen every week… oh, wait. After Michael McDowell won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race in the Daytona 500 last week, Christopher Bell drove a masterful final 10 laps to reel in and pass veteran Joey Logano under the white flag to …

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Nowhere to Go But Up For Ty Dillon

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#54: Ty Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Bass Pro Shops

Ty Dillon and I go way back. Sort of. The first NASCAR race I covered as a media member was July 26, 2014 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduate student at Indiana University earning my master’s in sports journalism, I was part of the student news bureau that covered the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that …

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Ryan Vargas Snags Big Squeezy Sponsorship for Daytona Road Course

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Big Squeezy is sponsoring Ryan Vargas in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Daytona International Speedway road course, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced Feb. 17. The company is owned by National Football League star running back Alvin Kamara, who replied to Vargas’ Twitter post about needing a primary sponsor. “Having the opportunity …

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Exclusive Q&A: Creator of Netflix’s NASCAR Show ‘The Crew’

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THE CREW (L to R) KEVIN JAMES as KEVIN in episode 1010 of THE CREW Cr. ERIC LIEBOWITZ/NETFLIX © 2020

First things first: Netflix’s The Crew exists, like every NASCAR project made by Hollywood, in an alternate reality. In this one, the winner of the 1994 Southern 500 was not Bill Elliott. It was an underdog driver named Kevin Gibson. Fast-forwarding to modern times, Gibson (played by Kevin James) is the long-time crew chief of …

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5 Points to Ponder: Lady Luck Deals NASCAR Bad Hand in 2021 Debut

Austin Cindric crashes on the final lap of the 2021 Daytona 500.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: Lady Luck Big Player in Disjointed Daytona 500 There were a lot of Valentine’s Day dinners ruined Sunday night (Feb. 14) by the Daytona 500 turned 24 Hours of Daytona Lite. A six-hour rain delay felt entirely preventable, the fourth time in the last 10 NASCAR season openers there’s been a rain delay. At what point …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Daytona 500

Michael McDowell celebrates his 2021 Daytona 500 win Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? With duct tape on the hood and all hell breaking loose around him, Michael McDowell drove through a fiery last-lap crash and held off Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon just long enough for the caution flag to fly, winning his first career NASCAR Cup Series race on …

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Ty Gibbs Speaks Out About Lackluster Daytona ARCA Finish

2021 ARCA Daytona Practice Ty Gibbs car (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ty Gibbs enters the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season as one of the favorites to win the championship. Driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, he raced competitively against the speedy Venturini Motorsports armada at Daytona International Speedway. He just couldn’t get his car to the front. After Gracie Trotter pitted after suffering damage …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin car on track (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Well, folks, it’s back again: the Daytona 500. The NASCAR Cup Series 2021 season opener is scheduled to run on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Unfortunately, the usual pomp and circumstance may be limited this year due to COVID-19. But in the world of fantasy NASCAR DraftKings, there’s still a lot …

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5 Takeaways from NASCAR President Steve Phelps’ Pre-Season Remarks

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NASCAR President Steve Phelps held a preseason media availability on Friday, Feb. 12 in advance of the season-opening Daytona 500. As usual, Phelps was an open book and touched on a myriad of topics regarding the sport’s present and future. Everything from on-track competition to off-track scheduling was addressed in an informative session. Here are …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Wins the 2021 Daytona 500?

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#7: Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Youtheory

Who will win the 2021 Daytona 500? The 63rd running of the Daytona 500 is going to be a rather interesting iteration of the Great American Race. The pomp and circumstance this race usually provides has been muted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There will still be a few things such as the pre-race …

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