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Aric Almirola Wins First Duel, Austin Cindric Makes Daytona 500

Aric Almirola won the first qualifying race for the 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Aric Almirola used a shove from Christopher Bell to snag the victory in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Almirola will start the 2021 Daytona 500 in third, seeking his first Daytona 500 victory and his second NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona. “All these guys on this team built me …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 12: Aric Almirola

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In three seasons at Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, Aric Almirola has proven his ability to be a contender for the playoffs.  He has also shown an affinity for strong runs, including wins, at restrictor plate tracks. Almirola’s performances have earned him the loyalty of primary sponsor Smithfield.  But the 2021 season could …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Stewart-Haas Racing

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The 2020 season saw Stewart-Haas Racing being pulled in multiple directions in the NASCAR Cup Series. Kevin Harvick was trying to capitalize on his prime to score his second championship.  Cole Custer was coming into his rookie season in Cup and wanted to do the best he could.  Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola were both in …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 1

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In June, I undertook a project to dig up every single movie-themed paint scheme that ever ran across NASCAR’s three touring series and, eventually, rank them. The weeks-long search yielded that exactly 100 films have been represented on stock cars throughout the years, ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Shazam. Unfortunately, 2020 became the …

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Power Rankings: Chase Went to Chase Edition

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Oftentimes, NASCAR gets the short end of the deal — faces a lot of criticism, but they deserve a tip of the old Frontstretch hat for managing to get a full season in during trying times. No other major American sport was able to accomplish this feat. There is no hiding the fact that I’m …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Season Finale 500

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It’s the final stop on a chaotic and bizarre NASCAR Cup Series season, as 40 drivers head to Phoenix Raceway for one last race. This race will decide a championship. The top finishing driver between Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin will win the Bill France Cup. I have my own pick …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chase Elliott Comes of Age

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ONE: Chase Elliott Comes Of Age So much happened at Martinsville Speedway Sunday (Nov. 1) it’s easy to forget just how important Chase Elliott‘s win was for his NASCAR Cup Series career. For the first time in five years, Elliott came into the Round of 8 finale needing to cash in on a must-win situation …

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Kyle Busch Wins Rain-Delayed 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Texas

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After a 72-hour rain and mist delay, Kyle Busch came back from the dead, so to speak, to win the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Wednesday night (Oct. 28). Though he was close on fuel, Busch saved as much as he could and held on to continue his yearly race-winning streak. ”I …

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Power Rankings: Someone Woke Up Joey Logano Edition

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season has been a weird one for Joey Logano. He managed to win two of the first four races this season, but those were also his only top-10 finishes, too. Sliced Bread has been either very good or very average all season.  As he often does, Logano managed to irritate …

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Power Rankings: Ridiculous ROVAL Edition

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Last week, King Richard Petty caused a bit of a ruckus calling dirt racing “unprofessional.” Do you know what is really unprofessional? Having turn 1 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL contribute to the outcome of the NASCAR playoffs. Speaking of unprofessional, how about racing on a wet track not because of rain but because …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Racing in the Rain, AJ Allmendinger Chats Xfinity Victory at ROVAL

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss rain racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, as it played a factor in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series races.Chase Elliott scored the victory in the Cup race, his fourth straight win on a road course. The duo chats his road …

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Stock Car Scoop: Chase Elliott Speaks On His Road Course Supremacy

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Chase Elliott won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series road course race Sunday afternoon (Oct. 11). He charged back in the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL event, recovering from a loose wheel to advance to the Round of 8 with ease. What is the secret to his success at this type of track? Find out in …

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