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Martinsville Next Gen Test Featuring Manufacturer-Built Cars

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The new NASCAR Next Gen returns to the track on March 30-31 at Martinsville Speedway for its next test session. However, this session will be different from others. Three cars will appear at the test session, the most NASCAR has held for its evaluation of the new car. Each car will be manufacturer-specific, according to …

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Up to Speed: The Pressure to Win in NASCAR 2021 is Already On

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Raise your hand if you thought that, two races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the two race winners would be Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell.  If you made that prediction a few weeks ago, a fellow race fan might have assumed that you’d spent too much time around the gasoline fumes on pit …

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Thursday End in Heartbreak as 4 Drivers Fail to Qualify for Daytona 500

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It was a tale of two Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona International Speedway. Duel one was a calm, caution-free affair. Duel two featured two cautions and included three of the four open teams being involved in those cautions. It resulted in both drivers that were already locked into the field racing their way into the …

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Austin Dillon Nabs 2nd Daytona Duel Win, Kaz Grala Qualifies for 500

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Austin Dillon won on a crossover move in NASCAR overtime to win the second Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona International Speedway to set the field for Sunday’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500. He bested Bubba Wallace, who debuted a fast No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota. Dillon is seeking his second Daytona 500 victory. He will start …

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3 Cup Car Chiefs Ejected After Inspection Issues

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NASCAR ejected the car chief from three NASCAR Cup Series teams after three cars failed inspection at least twice prior to Daytona 500 single-car qualifying. The Nos. 13 and 36, driven by Garrett Smithley and David Ragan, respectively, failed inspection twice. Both their car chiefs were ejected. Noah Gragson‘s No. 62 Chevrolet failed inspection three …

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The Underdog House: Potential 2021 Daytona 500 Cinderellas

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The Dark Horse Field When the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the 2021 version of the Great American Race, 36 teams walk in breathing easy. The charter they own guarantees them an automatic spot in the Daytona 500 no matter how slow their car is or if they wreck in their …

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Michael McDowell, Anthony Alfredo Driving for FRM in 2021, David Ragan Racing Daytona

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Michael McDowell will remain with Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, while Anthony Alfredo moves to the team to compete for Rookie of the Year honors, the team announced Jan. 6. McDowell returns to the No. 34, while Alfredo will drive the No. 38 vacated by John Hunter Nemechek. 2021 will …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Rick Ware Racing

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It’s no secret that Rick Ware Racing doesn’t contend for wins every week, but 2020 was still a year to be celebrated for the team. Going into its fifth season of NASCAR Cup Series racing, RWR has undergone massive growth since entering the the top level of NASCAR back in 2017. At the beginning of …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Front Row Motorsports

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Front Row Motorsports wrapped up the 2010s decade with three full-time NASCAR Cup Series entries. In 2019, its drivers combined accrued two top fives and three top 10s. Its three drivers finished 27th, 30th and 31st in the championship standings. The team sought to rectify its struggles in 2020 by fielding two full-time entries. Michael …

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Ben Rhodes Breaks NASCAR Truck Series Drought, Wins Darlington

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Sunday’s (Sept. 6) NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway was decided on pit strategy. The closing laps saw a handful of trucks take a chance, staying on track during a late caution on old tires. It’s typically not the best decision when it comes to an abrasive oval known as …

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