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Michael McDowell Scores 1st Career Win in Wreck-Filled, Rain-Delayed Daytona 500

Michael McDowell Love’s at Cup Daytona I 2021 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A rain-plagued 2021 Daytona 500 ended nearly 10 hours after it began, after 12:20 a.m. ET on Monday (Feb. 15). For Michael McDowell, it was worth the wait. The No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford driver earned his first career win at Daytona, taking the underdog team to victory lane in his 358th career start. …

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Massive Crash, Lightning Delay Mar Early Laps of 2021 Daytona 500

NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 Fails Pre-Race Inspection Twice Before Daytona 500

Bubba Wallace takes a few practice laps at the 2021 Daytona 500.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

One of several teams in the garage making their NASCAR Cup Series debut, 23XI Racing didn’t start off Sunday’s 2021 Daytona 500 (Feb. 14) the way they planned. The No. 23 Toyota Camry, driven by Bubba Wallace, failed inspection twice prior to the race before passing on their third attempt. According to Jeff Gluck on …

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Jordan Anderson Evades Last-Lap Melee, Records 2nd Straight Daytona Runner-Up Finish

Jordan Anderson at Daytona, 2/12/2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Jordan Anderson was outside the top 10 when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field took the white flag in Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. He sat eighth when there was half a lap to go at Daytona International Speedway, mired in the middle of the pack, and lost another spot to David Gilliland when …

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NASCAR in the Time of COVID: Looking Back at Motorsports During a Pandemic

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(Photo: Getty Images/NASCAR Media)

On the now-infamous date of March 12, 2020, I was at work. I was sitting in a radio studio when the internet and various social media timelines began to light up with the cancellations of sports far and wide, of course a direct result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Hitting closest to home was the …

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

Christopher Bell Homestead

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Reel Racing: A Look Back at 2020’s Racing Films

2019 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Well, 2020 was a weird year for movies. For about half the year, theaters were more or less shut down, and I haven’t been to one since March 2020. I won’t be going back until I get the COVID-19 vaccine and things are a bit better, but I, like so many others, relied more than ever …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 3: Denny Hamlin

NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joe Gibbs Racing staple Denny Hamlin returns to the No. 11 Toyota in 2021, following up a seven-win 2020 campaign with year 17 of NASCAR Cup Series competition. The veteran and longtime sponsor FedEx signed a multi-year extension with the team earlier this week, following his success in the new decade’s opening trip around the …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 2

2008 NCS Darlington Kyle Busch Race Nigel Kinrade

08-10 May, 2008, Darlington, South Carolina USA Kyle Busch car ©2008, autostock, USA Brian Czobat

Yesterday, we tackled the back half of the top 10 movie-themed NASCAR schemes from the 2000s in part one. North of 75 cars ran paint jobs inspired by more than 50 film releases throughout the decade, ranging from blockbusters like all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins to odd or obscure choices, …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 1

2007 NCS Charlotte Elliott Sadler Car Nigel Kinrade

27 May, 2007, Coca Cola 600. Charlotte , North Carolina USA Elliott Sadler. ©2007, Nigel Kinrade/Autostock

Before the hopefully mostly normal 2021 NASCAR season gets underway, we’ll take a two-part look at NASCAR’s assortment of movie-themed liveries from the 2000s. Let’s also hope that this upcoming year is better for the aforementioned movie schemes; exactly zero ran in the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season, the first time since 1995 that none hit the …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 30: Anthony Alfredo

NASCAR Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

One of only two rookies set for full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, Anthony Alfredo enters 2021 in the seat of Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 Ford. Racing alongside 13-year veteran teammate Michael McDowell, Alfredo replaces John Hunter Nemechek, who dropped down to the Camping World Truck Series for the upcoming season. “Fast Pasta” has part-time …

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