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

2021 Daytona I Cup Matt DiBenedetto NKP

#21: Matt DiBenedetto, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft/Quick Lane

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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Joey Logano ‘Happy’ for All the Wrong Reasons Leaving Daytona

2021 Daytona RC Cup Logano NKP 1

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joey Logano is probably tired of being happy for his competitors. Through two races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup season, the Daytona 500 and Sunday’s (Feb. 21) event on the Daytona International Speedway road course, Logano has been seen leading the field with two laps to go. Each time, though, the Team Penske driver has …

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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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Did You Notice?: Daytona’s Last-Lap Disaster for Team Penske

2021 Daytona I Cup Brad Keselowski crash damage NKP

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

Did You Notice? … How quickly the last lap of the Daytona 500 fell apart for Team Penske? 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champ Joey Logano crossed the line leading. Brad Keselowski was second, in position to end an 0-for-11 streak at a race he so badly wants knocked off his bucket list. The organization was staring …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Daytona 500 Was Exhausting

NASCAR racing action in the 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Oh man. Nothing quite like 13.5 hours of coverage for one race. I will fully admit that I was really tired by the time Sunday’s Daytona 500 finally ended. Regardless, there is a lot to discuss about what we saw Sunday. With this broadcast, it’s hard to figure out where to start. I suppose the …

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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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Stock Car Scoop: Will Daytona 500 Start Time Be Moved Up?

Michael McDowell poses with his Daytona 500 trophy. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

More than 10 hours after the 2021 Daytona 500 began, Michael McDowell outlasted a five-plus hour rain delay to score his first career victory. But would the delay have even happened with a start time at Daytona International Speedway of 1 p.m. ET instead of 2:30? Bryan Nolen is joined by Frontstretch reporter Adam Cheek to …

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Zach’s Turn: Did Drivers Take Too Long at Daytona to Make Their Move?

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon battle for position in 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For most of Sunday night’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500, the pack rode single file in hopes of timing their runs right. Instead, last-minute moves left some drivers wadded up and others just short of victory in the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. With the field thinned to just 16 cars on the …

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Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski Wreck from Lead on Last Lap of Daytona 500

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski‘s goal for the Daytona 500 was pretty simple. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of hopefully not getting caught up in somebody else’s wreck and if that happens, capitalizing,” Keselowski told media on Jan. 26. It’s an understandable goal for someone who entered Sunday’s race having wrecked out of six of the last …

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Up to Speed: Can Denny Hamlin Finally Win a Championship in 2021?

Denny Hamlin car on track (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Denny Hamlin set out to do something nobody else has done before: win three consecutive Daytona 500s. Despite leading six times for a race-high 98 laps, the three-peat was denied with a fifth-place finish. But the story of Hamlin’s 2021 season goes far beyond the Great American Race. He will get to experience the highs …

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