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

Kyle Larson talks with Matt DiBenedetto 2021 Daytona 500 Photo NKP

(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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Did You Notice?: Hendrick Motorsports is the New Face of NASCAR Youth Movement

Alex Bowman talks with Rick Hendrick before 2021 NASCAR Cup Race at Homestead Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon retired in November 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup Series championship. He was 44 years old. Just five years later, William Byron trounced the field at that same track Sunday (Feb. 28) to take Gordon’s former No. 24 car to victory lane at …

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Pole-Sitter Denny Hamlin Among Drivers Starting From Rear at Homestead

Denny Hamlin

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin is among the four drivers who will start from the rear for today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:48 p.m. ET green flag on Fox). Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota was a late add to the list due to unapproved adjustments. Hamlin is the defending winner at Homestead. Also starting from …

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Alex Bowman on Building Drift Cars, Handling Internal Pressure & His Own Identity

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally

Alex Bowman is the new face behind the wheel of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet that Jimmie Johnson made famous. With two wins under his belt driving the No. 88 car for Hendrick Motorsports (Chicagoland Speedway 2019, Auto Club Speedway 2020) that formerly belonged to Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bowman moves into yet another prolific ride …

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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Daytona 500

Michael McDowell celebrates his 2021 Daytona 500 win Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? With duct tape on the hood and all hell breaking loose around him, Michael McDowell drove through a fiery last-lap crash and held off Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon just long enough for the caution flag to fly, winning his first career NASCAR Cup Series race on …

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Alex Bowman, William Byron Lead Duel Starting Lineups

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron will start first in each of their Duel qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 11. They earned the starting positions after claiming the front row of the Daytona 500 pole. The odd-numbered qualifiers will race in Duel 1, while the even numbers are in Duel 2. Among those …

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Alex Bowman Wins Daytona 500 Pole, William Byron 2nd

Alex Bowman and William Byron start on the front row at Daytona 2021 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Alex Bowman won the Daytona 500 pole Wednesday night, posting a lap speed of 191.261 mph. This is his second career Daytona 500 pole. It’s also his fourth consecutive year on the front row, the first time in NASCAR Cup Series history. His teammate William Byron will start alongside him on the front row after …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Busch Clash

Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto are solid picks for the 2021 Busch Clash Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s finally here! NASCAR is back and the 2021 Cup Series season is upon us. Before teams get set for the Daytona 500, 21 drivers will compete in the Busch Clash, with a new twist for this year. The exhibition will take place not on the 2.5-mile superspeedway but on the Daytona International Speedway road …

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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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