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Austin Dillon Nabs 2nd Daytona Duel Win, Kaz Grala Qualifies for 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Dillon won on a crossover move in NASCAR overtime to win the second Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona International Speedway to set the field for Sunday’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500. He bested Bubba Wallace, who debuted a fast No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota. Dillon is seeking his second Daytona 500 victory. He will start …

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NASCAR in the Time of COVID: Looking Back at Motorsports During a Pandemic


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On the now-infamous date of March 12, 2020, I was at work. I was sitting in a radio studio when the internet and various social media timelines began to light up with the cancellations of sports far and wide, of course a direct result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Hitting closest to home was the …

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Noah Gragson Facing Extra Pressure, Motivation in Daytona

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Noah Gragson is entering his third season driving JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car after winning two races and finishing fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings in 2020. One of those wins came in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, something he’ll try to defend this Saturday (Feb. 13) when the NXS schedule kicks …

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Kyle Busch: Former Crew Chief Adam Stevens ‘Quit On Me’

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Kyle Busch claimed his former NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Adam Stevens “quit on me” during an offseason that saw Joe Gibbs Racing change its driver-crew chief lineup. Busch’s comments came in a segment of an interview done by Graham Bensinger. Busch and Stevens were broken up by Joe Gibbs Racing after they earned two …

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

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(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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Chase Briscoe on NASCAR Offseason, New Cup Team, Reddit & Daytona


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chase Briscoe made an enormous splash in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020, an impact big enough to land him a promotion. After a nine-win season that launched him into the Championship 4, Briscoe’s stock rose as one of the sport’s bright young talents. The hard work paid off for 2021. At age 26, Briscoe …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 6: Dirty Weekend for Dirt Racing Not a Surprise

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

Rewind back to this weekend’s edition of Thinkin’ Dirty, and it’s hard to come up with a more thorough display of immaturity on the racetrack over the course of a weekend. Tyler Erb taking shots under yellow on a third-of-a-mile track. Mason Zeigler following up a speech about wanting to avoid controversy on track with …

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Waid’s World: Daytona Experiences – A Harrowing Trip, Great Racing & A Lesson Learned

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Graphic: Jared Haas

When the Daytona 500 rolls around each year, I’m pretty much like everyone else. I eagerly anticipate what may happen and how it might well make a spirited debut to the new season. For 2021, things are tempered a bit. The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us, and as it was last year, everything is …

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Ross Chastain Loving Quiet Cup Arrival at Chip Ganassi Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a cool January night when the picture capturing Chip Ganassi’s past, present and future was taken. The image, posted on Chip Ganassi Racing’s Twitter profile Jan. 17, shows the 62-year-old standing in an open pit cabana at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. He’s flanked by eight mask-wearing men who have or will compete …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 2

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Yesterday, we tackled the back half of the top 10 movie-themed NASCAR schemes from the 2000s in part one. North of 75 cars ran paint jobs inspired by more than 50 film releases throughout the decade, ranging from blockbusters like all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins to odd or obscure choices, …

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