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Cliff Daniels Finding His Role as Leader While Kyle Larson Finds Success

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Cliff Daniels has only been a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for two drivers: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson. Five races into his inaugural campaign with Larson, Daniels earned his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, and the new pairing has garnered four top-10 finishes in five races. Daniels worked …

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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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Zach’s Turn: Absence of Jimmie Johnson Signifies New Era in NASCAR

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As we sit upon the doorstep of the 2021 season, there are plenty of signs that “new” is in the air. Michael Jordan and Pitbull are suddenly co-owners of respective teams in the NASCAR Cup Series. The Cup schedule features seven road courses, including Circuit of the Americas, Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway …

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Ross Chastain Loving Quiet Cup Arrival at Chip Ganassi Racing

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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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2-Tire Stop Takes Wayne Taylor Racing to 3rd Straight Rolex 24 at Daytona Victory

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The Acura ARX-05 of Wayne Taylor Racing was quick throughout the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  However, it was pit strategy that put WTR at the front when it counted Sunday.  The team, which had a seven-lap fuel advantage on their competitors, was able to do a short fill of his fuel tank on his final …

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Entry List: ROAR Before the 24/Rolex 24 at Daytona

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This week, teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will test for three days ahead of the opening weekend of the 2021 IMSA season.  Between the two series, 87 cars will be in Daytona this week.  As of this writing, the official entry lists do not have drivers listed.  What …

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Jimmie Johnson Joins Action Express Racing All-Star Squad for Rolex 24

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Rick Hendrick recently teased that seven-time Cup champion would compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  It is now official. Action Express Racing announced Friday (Dec. 4) that Jimmie Johnson will head up a second Cadillac DPi-V.R. team, No. 48, for the Rolex 24 weekend.  He’ll be joined by Simon Pagenaud, Kamui Kobayashi …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: Jimmie Johnson Hangs It Up, Passes Torch to Next Generation

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The first time you remembered seeing him was probably the aftermath of the Crash. You’ve probably seen it recently since it still makes the highlight reels with regularity. It’s pretty spectacular and scary in its intensity. But next thing toy know, here’s this kid, a little bit goofy-looking, standing on top of the car, arms …

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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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