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Thursday End in Heartbreak as 4 Drivers Fail to Qualify for Daytona 500

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It was a tale of two Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona International Speedway. Duel one was a calm, caution-free affair. Duel two featured two cautions and included three of the four open teams being involved in those cautions. It resulted in both drivers that were already locked into the field racing their way into the …

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Austin Dillon Nabs 2nd Daytona Duel Win, Kaz Grala Qualifies for 500

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Austin Dillon won on a crossover move in NASCAR overtime to win the second Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona International Speedway to set the field for Sunday’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500. He bested Bubba Wallace, who debuted a fast No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota. Dillon is seeking his second Daytona 500 victory. He will start …

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3 Cup Car Chiefs Ejected After Inspection Issues

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NASCAR ejected the car chief from three NASCAR Cup Series teams after three cars failed inspection at least twice prior to Daytona 500 single-car qualifying. The Nos. 13 and 36, driven by Garrett Smithley and David Ragan, respectively, failed inspection twice. Both their car chiefs were ejected. Noah Gragson‘s No. 62 Chevrolet failed inspection three …

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

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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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Noah Gragson Facing Extra Pressure, Motivation in Daytona

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Noah Gragson is entering his third season driving JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car after winning two races and finishing fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings in 2020. One of those wins came in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, something he’ll try to defend this Saturday (Feb. 13) when the NXS schedule kicks …

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The Underdog House: Potential 2021 Daytona 500 Cinderellas

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The Dark Horse Field When the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the 2021 version of the Great American Race, 36 teams walk in breathing easy. The charter they own guarantees them an automatic spot in the Daytona 500 no matter how slow their car is or if they wreck in their …

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Mark Beard, Owner of Beard Motorsports, Dead at 72

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Mark Beard, owner of part-time NASCAR Cup Series team Beard Motorsports, has died. He was 72. Beard Motorsports announced the news on Twitter via a statement. “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Beard Sr., president of Beard Motorsports,” the team said in a statement. “Mark was passionate about racing …

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Stock Car Scoop: New Drivers Entering Daytona 500

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Two NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers recently announced they will be attempting to make their first Daytona 500 start. Who are these two drivers? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also will reveal which former Camping World Truck Series driver is coming …

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Noah Gragson to Make Daytona 500 Debut for Beard Motorsports

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Noah Gragson will attempt to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500 driving for Beard Motorsports, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 14. Gragson, who competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car, replaces Brendan Gaughan behind the wheel of the No. 62 Chevrolet after Gaughan’s decision to …

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Xfinity Series 2020 Year in Review

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Believe it or not, nearly two months have passed since the NASCAR Xfinity Series was in action. Yes, the offseason is more than half over. Woo! Before you know it, cars will be on track for the 2021 season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where teams will spend two weeks as the series will run …

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Noah Gragson Retains Bass Pro Shops, TrueTimber, Black Rifle Sponsorship for 2021

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Noah Gragson‘s car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will look a lot like it did in 2021, JR Motorsports announced Nov. 19. Bass Pro Shops, TrueTimber Camo and Black Rifle Coffee will act as co-primary sponsors for Gragson’s No. 9 in the series for the full 2021 season. “I’m excited that Bass Pro Shops will …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Clint Bowyer Reflects on NASCAR Career, Move to Broadcast Booth

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the penultimate weekend of the season at Martinsville Speedway, which saw Chase Elliott win his way into the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series. Meanwhile, nine-time winner and regular season champion Kevin Harvick was eliminated from the postseason. The duo dives into the current …

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