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Chris Buescher ‘Most Relaxed I’ve Been in a Racecar in a Really Long Time’

Chris Buescher

Credit: James Gilbert/Getty Images

Remember Chris Buescher? If the 2015 Xfinity Series champion drifted from your mind over the last five years, he surely got your attention Sunday (Feb. 28) in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 28-year-old driver started 12th and took the lead from Brad Keselowski on lap 53. Buescher wound up winning stage …

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Roush Fenway Racing Becomes 1st Carbon-Neutral NASCAR Team

Ryan Newman During Daytona 500 Practice, 2/10/2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Roush Fenway Racing has become the first carbon-neutral team in NASCAR, the NASCAR Cup Series organization announced Feb. 18. RFR will use Castrol, its official sponsor, to reduce its carbon usage and offset programs across its operations both on and off the track. The partnership between the team and Castrol will help the team better …

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No Time to Get Complacent on Safety

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's

Twenty years ago – has it really been that long? Seems like it was just a week or maybe a year ago. Twenty years since we lost the biggest star in the history of the sport. Thankfully his death wasn’t in vain. The safety innovations that were brought to the sport in the months and …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Perception of Daytona 500 Changed Due to High Crash Rate?

2021 Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Involving Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Daytona 500 means many different things for many different race fans. Over the years, the perception of the Daytona 500 has changed many different times. In its early years, it was a race where the limits of the machine and horsepower were tested. Often a spread-out, low-attrition race, the Daytona 500 was sold as …

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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.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“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?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

2008 NCS Darlington Kyle Busch Race Nigel Kinrade

08-10 May, 2008, Darlington, South Carolina USA Kyle Busch car ©2008, autostock, USA Brian Czobat

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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