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Christopher Bell Uses Late Charge to Win Daytona in 1st Cup Victory

Christopher Bell Celebrates his victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253

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It took until the final pair of laps, but Christopher Bell made it back-to-back first-time winners to kick off the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Bell passed Joey Logano in the waning laps of Sunday afternoon’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona International Speedway road course, chasing down the No. 22 and cruising to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Time Should the Daytona 500 Start?

Joey Logano leads over a group of cars including Ryan Preece in Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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It was a long time coming for Michael McDowell. From a rushed prospect, to starting and parking while driving Trevor Bayne‘s motorhome, to his home now at Front Row Motorsports, it all led him to where he is now: a Daytona 500 champion. His first victory came in his 358th career NASCAR Cup Series start, …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Daytona 500

Michael McDowell Confetti Daytona (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Michael McDowell won the 63rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday (Feb. 14) after a fiery last-lap wreck for his first career victory in his 358th start. Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five finishers. THIS IS HIS MOMENT! Retweet to congratulate @Mc_Driver on winning The Great American …

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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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Christopher Bell Gearing Up for Sophomore NASCAR Cup Season, Debut in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20

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Christopher Bell enters 2021 as the driver of Joe Gibbs Racing’s famed No. 20 Toyota, taking over for Erik Jones after spending his 2020 rookie season with Leavine Family Racing. Prior to jumping to the Cup Series, Bell spent two full-time seasons apiece in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, winning the 2017 …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 14: Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell won at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 Photo: NKP

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Christopher Bell takes another step forward in his young NASCAR Cup Series career in 2021. This season, he takes over the No. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing after spending 2020 with Leavine Family Racing, driving the No. 95. With his upward movement, Bell looks to have the potential for a breakout season in his …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 3: 2021 Chili Bowl

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The A-Main – The stats sheet will show that Kyle Larson was utterly dominant in scoring his second consecutive Chili Bowl, but it was far closer than the scoresheet will show. KYLE LARSON IS A BACK-TO-BACK CHILI BOWL CHAMPION!!! pic.twitter.com/L7lAtfkrhn — 𝙒𝘼𝙇𝙆𝘼𝙋𝙀𝘿𝙄𝘼 (@Walkapedia_) January 17, 2021 Larson, who bested polesitter Justin Grant on the race’s …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 3: How Big is the Chili Bowl?

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For as stellar a race as he drove, Kyle Larson’s mouth is what rocked the racing world after winning the 2020 Chili Bowl. Said the defending champion, “I’m sorry NASCAR. I’m sorry Daytona, but this is the biggest f***ing race I’ve ever won.” Comparing the Chili Bowl to Daytona is nothing new. Three-time Chili Bowl …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 1 – 2021 Tulsa Shootout & Hangover Races

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The A-Main – Christopher Bell made some noise, but 2021 was a year for first-time driller winners, with Claremore, Okla.’s Chris Carroll, Camp Verde, Ariz.’s Mason Keefer and Raisin, Calif.’s Mitchel Moles all scoring A-main wins in the Tulsa Shootout in the Wingless Outlaw, Mini Mod and Winged Outlaw classes. However, it was another first-time …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Cindric on Xfinity Championship

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the first three weeks of a busy 2020 offseason. The crew chief change at Joe Gibbs Racing highlights the offseason, as Adam Sevens will move from winning 28 races and two championships with Kyle Busch to Christopher Bell. Was the change needed after just one …

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