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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.

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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

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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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20 Years On: The Void In the Room — and the One That Didn’t Happen

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“Just to see Big E back on the track, Would put a smile on every face. No one drove a car quite like Earnhardt”. – Cledus T. Judd’s “I Love NASCAR” (2004) I consider myself lucky. Born in 1991, I have memories of watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. compete. While they’re from well after the time …

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Up to Speed: Will Clint Bowyer Stay Candid in the Broadcast Booth?

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Lost in the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR season was the rather abrupt departure of Clint Bowyer from the driver’s seat.  Bowyer, who was wrapping up his 15th full-time season as a Cup Series racer, faced an uncertain future with Stewart-Haas Racing.  Despite some speculation that SHR’s driver lineup would not change for 2021, Bowyer …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 2

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Yesterday, we tackled the back half of the top 10 movie-themed NASCAR schemes from the 2000s in part one. North of 75 cars ran paint jobs inspired by more than 50 film releases throughout the decade, ranging from blockbusters like all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins to odd or obscure choices, …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 22: Ryan Newman

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Ryan Newman returns to Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford for his third season with the team. The 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner will enter his 20th season of full-time racing. Serving as the veteran voice at the team, Newman still has a reputation of being a fierce and tough competitor on track. A Look …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 24: Chris Buescher

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Roush Fenway Racing will enter the 2021 season with the same driver lineup for the first time since 2018. That comes after a 2020 season that saw Chris Buescher return to RFR for the first time since his 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series title. Buescher replaced what many thought to be the foundation of the organization’s …

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Ryan Newman Adds Kohler Sponsorship

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Ryan Newman has added Kohler Generators sponsorship for 2021, Roush Fenway Racing announced Jan. 12. Kohler will sponsor the No. 6 in eight races in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the season-opening Daytona 500. After Daytona International Speedway, Kohler will adorn the No. 6 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Road America, …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Roush Fenway Racing

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Heading into 2020, Roush Fenway Racing had reason to be optimistic in the NASCAR Cup Series.  The previous year, veteran Ryan Newman put an RFR Ford in the playoffs for only the second time in the last five seasons.  That was Newman’s first season with Roush, and it left fans wondering if Newman and the …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ryan Newman Walks Away Unscathed

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The Daytona 500 is a race that is filled with prestige, excitement and heartbreak. After 500 miles, the storylines that usually unfold are about celebration, but this year’s race was a different kind of celebration. The celebration of safety has been important to NASCAR in the past 20 years, and Ryan Newman tested the features …

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