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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Recovers to Be Top Dog in Cup

#16: A J Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ellsworth Advisors

Top Dog It has been nearly three years since NASCAR veteran AJ Allmendinger has taken his place behind the wheel of a NASCAR Cup Series car. The last time we saw the Dinger on NASCAR’s premier level was in 2018 driving the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daughtery Racing. Since then, the 39-year-old has stayed …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Chase Elliott battles with Austin Dillon in 2021 Daytona Clash Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Is this weekend deja vu in NASCAR? It is for many Cup Series teams who competed in the Busch Clash less than two weeks ago. They return to Daytona International Speedway to turn left and right on the road course Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. ET. This layout is much longer than some other …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Takeaways from Daytona Speedweeks 2021

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK #43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Armor All #36: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang

This year’s Daytona Speedweek provided many reasons, both good and bad, to be remembered by. New faces in new places, along with an entertaining combination of big wrecks, hurt feelings and thrilling dashes to the finish. It was all topped off by Michael McDowell’s unbelievable first career NASCAR Cup Series win after 358 prior tries. …

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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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Massive Crash, Lightning Delay Mar Early Laps of 2021 Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It didn’t take long for both the racing and weather Sunday (Feb. 14) to escalate in the 2021 Daytona 500. On lap 14, contact between Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola sent the latter sideways, crashing into Alex Bowman and taking nearly half the field with him. The massive pileup was followed by a lightning delay …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Expand Daytona Speedweeks Fields?

You didn’t think you’d get one week into the season without a debate, did you? Speedweeks 2021 is here, and that means 2-Headed Monster is back with a topic that will certainly get the conversation started. Should NASCAR have expanded the fields for this weekend due to the excessive car count? It’s been years since …

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

Bubba Wallace

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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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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 28: Daniel Suarez

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Daniel Suarez is getting a fresh start – again.  For the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Suarez will compete with Trackhouse Racing Team, a brand-new operation created by former driver Justin Marks.  Having secured a charter and established a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, Trackhouse will race full time in 2021 with Suarez as …

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Pitbull Joins Trackhouse Racing as Team Partner

Pitbull Trackhouse

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Pitbull is joining Trackhouse Racing Team as a team partner, the organization announced Friday, Jan. 15. Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Perez, joins co-owner Justin Marks one month prior to the NASCAR Cup Series team’s debut. “From day one of creating Trackhouse Racing, I wanted our team to be a platform for purpose, to …

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