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NASCAR 101: 2020 Playoff Drivers on the Outside Looking In

Aric Almirola Pit Boss car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Although we are just seven races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign, the playoffs are already coming into focus. By winning a race, seven drivers have already locked themselves into the postseason if there are no more than 16 winners in the regular season of course. Three of those seven did not make the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Food City Dirt Race

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR Cup Series drivers might need a good laundry detergent to clean up their firesuits after March 28 is over, because they’ll be racing in the dirt. Let’s get your fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups ready for this weekend’s 2021 Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. This race marks the first …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Track Rotation Not the Worst Idea

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Did You Notice?… Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of a handful of tracks to gain back a second NASCAR date in the modern era after losing it? AMS will run its first NASCAR Cup Series race of 2021 this weekend (March 21) before the sport makes a return trip on July 11. There’s a lot of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Be the Next 1st-Time Winner

Tyler Reddick at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2021 Pennzoil 400 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Tyler Reddick Probably the only thing standing between Reddick and victory this year is equipment. Richard Childress Racing is just a tick behind the top big teams, and that tick means that Reddick will have to work that much harder for his win. But that will only make it sweeter. After his charging runner-up …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Pennzoil 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups ready for the fourth Cup Series race of the 2021 season. The Pennzoil 400, held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will air on Sunday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Cup drivers will once again compete on a 1.5-miler, but this time, the track isn’t as rough …

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Fire on Fridays: 7 NASCAR Cup Drivers Who Have to Win in 2021

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Entering August 2020, if you’d asked me which drivers were on the hot seat and might lose their ride if they didn’t produce soon, William Byron would’ve been near the top of my list. Sure, Byron signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports that month, but contracts aren’t always fulfilled in sports. Plus, Rick Hendrick doesn’t …

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Friday Faceoff: Is William Byron a Championship Contender?

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Buy or sell: William Byron as a Cup Series Championship 4 contender. Luken Glover: At this moment I am buying it. One of the biggest underlying stories of the preseason was the reunion of William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle. Why is that pairing so special? Well, just five years ago, the pair won …

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Did You Notice?: A Cautionary Tale on NASCAR Road Courses

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Did You Notice? … This year’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course ran 12 of its 70 laps under caution? It adds up to 17% of Sunday’s race (Feb. 21), with only one green-flag run lasting more than 10 laps. The eight cautions were more than any road race outside of …

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Up to Speed: The Pressure to Win in NASCAR 2021 is Already On

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#21: Matt DiBenedetto, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft/Quick Lane

Raise your hand if you thought that, two races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the two race winners would be Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell.  If you made that prediction a few weeks ago, a fellow race fan might have assumed that you’d spent too much time around the gasoline fumes on pit …

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Did You Notice?: Daytona’s Last-Lap Disaster for Team Penske

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#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

Did You Notice? … How quickly the last lap of the Daytona 500 fell apart for Team Penske? 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champ Joey Logano crossed the line leading. Brad Keselowski was second, in position to end an 0-for-11 streak at a race he so badly wants knocked off his bucket list. The organization was staring …

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