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Did You Notice?: William Byron Falling Behind at Hendrick Motorsports?

William Byron looks on in the garage area prior to strapping in for the 2022 Daytona 500. (Photo: NKP)

#24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

Did You Notice? … Alex Bowman’s sixth victory since 2020 with Hendrick Motorsports has William Byron a clear fourth in the pecking order at this powerhouse organization? With Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson on the team, the last two NASCAR Cup Series champions, it’s left the fifth-year driver a half-step further behind. A sluggish start to …

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Fire on Fridays: Who Is Each NASCAR Cup Team’s Alpha Driver?

Ryan Blaney grits his teeth at LA Clash, Joey Logano smiles, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A rundown of alpha drivers in each NASCAR Cup Series team.

The Underdog House: Erik Jones Returns No. 43 to Former Glory

#43: Erik Jones, Petty GMS, Chevrolet Camaro FOCUSfactor

It had been nearly a decade since Richard Petty’s famous No. 43 had started on the front row for a NASCAR Cup Series race. The last occurrence happened in 2013, when Aric Almirola sat on the pole for the fall Talladega event.

However, the streak came to a halt with the Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 27) when Erik Jones piloted the No. 43 to the outside pole position.

Kyle Larson Surges Late, Begins NASCAR Title Defense with Auto Club Win

Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag to win the WISE Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway, 2/27/2022 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Sunday (Feb. 27) at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Larson’s No. 5 came to life late, and the defending champ held off all comers to win his first race of 2022 in the Wise Power 400 and open his title defense.

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