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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2022 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: NKP)

What happened? Reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson continued where he left off in 2021 by winning his first race of 2022 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 27. It is his second career NASCAR Cup Series win in the California-based circuit. Following close behind him was Austin Dillon, who held off Erik …

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Matt DiBenedetto Discusses Trials & Finding Happiness in New Truck Series Ride

Matt DiBenedetto, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Matt DiBenedetto is taking on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full time for the first time in 2022, piloting the No. 25 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet.  In his debut with the team and in the series at Daytona International Speedway, DiBenedetto finished 10th. It seems like a step down for many in the NASCAR world …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Austin Cindric Snags 2022 Daytona 500 Victory

Austin Cindric Shows Off Ring After Winning the Daytona 500

(Photo: Zach Sturniolo)

Austin Cindric won his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series race in only his eighth career start and second in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 by barely nipping out 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace by a nose. Following him to the line were Chase Briscoe, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola, who earned a top-five finish in his last Daytona 500 as a full-time driver.

Cindric is the first rookie to win the Daytona 500 since Trevor Bayne in 2011.

Sean Corr Nabs ARCA Top 5 in Late Bob Keselowski Tribute Paint Scheme

2022 ARCA Daytona Sean Corr, No. 29 Empire Racing Group Chevrolet (Credit: Dalton Hopkins, Frontstretch)

(Photo: Dalton Hopkins, Frontstretch)

After avoiding much of the late-race chaos and placing himself up front, Sean Corr finished fourth in the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 19.

It was already a special finish for the New Yorker. It’s only his fifth top-five result since he began competing in ARCA in 2008.

But what was even more special about it was his paint scheme.

Tracking the Trucks: Zane Smith Wins Daytona in Overtime Finish

2022 Trucks Daytona Zane Smith trophy (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Zane Smith started the 2022 season with a new team, new number, new manufacturer and a win at Daytona International Speedway. After starting in 20th, the 22-year-old had found himself in the lead when the caution flag waved shortly after taking the white flag. Ben Rhodes finished runner-up and was followed by teammate Christian Eckes, Tanner Gray, and Parker Kligerman in the top five.

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum

Joey Logano wins the inaugural 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Joey Logano won the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday evening (Feb. 6). He was followed closely by Kyle Busch, who wound up second. Austin Dillon, Erik Jones and Kyle Larson completed the top-five finishers. How did it happen? From the start, the winning choice …

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