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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Daytona 500

Michael McDowell celebrates his 2021 Daytona 500 win Photo: NKP

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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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Alex Bowman, William Byron Lead Duel Starting Lineups

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Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron will start first in each of their Duel qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 11. They earned the starting positions after claiming the front row of the Daytona 500 pole. The odd-numbered qualifiers will race in Duel 1, while the even numbers are in Duel 2. Among those …

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Alex Bowman Wins Daytona 500 Pole, William Byron 2nd

Alex Bowman and William Byron start on the front row at Daytona 2021 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Alex Bowman won the Daytona 500 pole Wednesday night, posting a lap speed of 191.261 mph. This is his second career Daytona 500 pole. It’s also his fourth consecutive year on the front row, the first time in NASCAR Cup Series history. His teammate William Byron will start alongside him on the front row after …

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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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Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman to Lead Field to Green in Clash

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The lineup up for Tuesday night’s Busch Clash at Daytona has been set. Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney will head up the field in his No. 12 Ford Mustang. To his outside will be Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman, set to make his debut sporting the No. 48 following Jimmie Johnson‘s retirement. Joe Gibbs Racing’s …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 9: Alex Bowman

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A Look Back Alex Bowman started the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season on the front row of the Daytona 500 for the third straight year and hoped for at least a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, Bowman was involved in the Big One and finished 24th. But it didn’t take long for him to  break through, scoring …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: Youth Movement Gets Its Champion in Chase Elliott

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Every sport faces periods of their existence where a changing of the guard takes place. Accomplished veterans reach the twilight years of their careers and are replaced with new faces looking to make their names known. Many sports’ transitions of athletes have carried second-generation names in the past, and NASCAR is no different, with a …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Hendrick Motorsports

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2020 was always going to be a crucial test for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series. The legendary organization had been a product of the youth movement over the past few seasons with the departures of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne, something that only advanced further when Jimmie Johnson announced in …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR 2020 Tidbits And Loose Ends… It’s Not Just About The Championship 4

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR wasn’t just about the Championship 4 and Chase Elliott‘s first NASCAR title at the ripe old age of 24? Certainly, Elliott’s back-to-back wins to finish the year were impressive; he’s the third-youngest champion in NASCAR history. Elliott’s surging popularity should serve the sport well heading into a time of transition next …

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Power Rankings: Chase Went to Chase Edition

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Oftentimes, NASCAR gets the short end of the deal — faces a lot of criticism, but they deserve a tip of the old Frontstretch hat for managing to get a full season in during trying times. No other major American sport was able to accomplish this feat. There is no hiding the fact that I’m …

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