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5 Points to Ponder: Spoiler SZN, Pushing It & The Path to 16+ Winners

2021 Talladega I Cup Denny Hamlin Martin Truex Jr Kaz Grala racing NKP

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1: Spoilers vs. drivers Talladega Superspeedway rightfully gets attention for its tendency to cause the Big One. But this particular trip to Alabama the weekend of April 24-25 managed to avoid the kind of multi-car mayhem that knocks a third of the field out in one fell swoop — in both the NASCAR Xfinity and …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Keselowski Leaves Talladega With a 6 Pack

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion, #37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger/Reese’s, #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Dog Brew, #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield, #23: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, Toyota Camry DoorDash

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Talladega Superspeedway has always been a unique challenge, dating back to the first ever visit that NASCAR made to the 2.66-mile behemoth. The reasons that make it so have changed over the 52 years it’s been part of the sport’s racing schedule, but the hurdles between each competitor and victory still loom just as large. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 GEICO 500

A pack of NASCAR race cars running the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP)

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski led exactly one of 191 laps on Sunday (April 25), but it was the only one that mattered. Keselowski passed Matt DiBenedetto as the white flag flew, leading the field to the checkers for his sixth Talladega Superspeedway victory, tying Jeff Gordon and …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Nearly Goes 2-For-2 on Superspeedways in 2021

Michael McDowell waves standing on pit road at Las Vegas. Photo NKP

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Top Dog: Michael McDowell If a 2021 handbook were written on how to survive superspeedway racing, Michael McDowell would likely be the author thus far. February’s Daytona 500 Cinderella victor came just one push away from besting fellow Ford stablemate Brad Keselowski Sunday (April 25) for the win at Talladega Superspeedway. “It means a lot,” …

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Kaz Grala’s Talladega Top 10 ‘Another Piece of the Puzzle’ for Full-Time Ride

2021 Talladega I Cup Kaz Grala JJ Yeley Timmy Hill racing NKP

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Both Kaz Grala and Kaulig Racing continue to impress in each of their NASCAR Cup Series outings. Grala piloted Kaulig’s No. 16 Chevy to a sixth-place finish in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25, the best Cup finish to date for the young driver and team. The result completed a stellar weekend …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 GEICO 500

Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron and Denny Hamlin race three-wide at Talladega Superspeedway, October 2020. Photo: NKP

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After three weeks of short track racing, NASCAR Cup Series drivers travel to Alabama this weekend to take on the largest track on the circuit: Talladega Superspeedway. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the GEICO 500, airing on Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET. The 2.66-mile course is wider than …

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Part-Time Pains: Kaz Grala Talks Racing Cup at Talladega, Future NASCAR Goals

#16: Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Hyperice

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Kaz Grala continues to run part-time in NASCAR this season, primarily in the Cup Series for Kaulig Racing. After a brake-line fire near his right-rear tire ended his night in the Daytona 500, Grala is back this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway (April 24-25) looking to complete his first 500-mile event. Grala also competed in the …

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Here Are the Changes to the Daytona Road Course Entry Lists

Pack Racing during the 2021 Busch Clash

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In what will likely become a recurring segment at Frontstretch each week, we’ll run down the driver- and team-related changes to the NASCAR entry lists since they were initially posted, in this case last Saturday, Feb. 13. NASCAR Cup Series (Daytona International Speedway road course) –Garrett Smithley will make his season debut this weekend, driving the …

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

Ty Dillon Misses Daytona 500 in Duel I in 2021 Photo: NKP

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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

2021 Daytona I Duel II Dillon winner 2 NKP

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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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