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Did You Notice?: The Cracks in the NASCAR Point System?

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott racing each other during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, 4/3/2022 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did you notice the first three drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings haven’t won a race yet? William Byron (fourth) is the first driver with a victory in a competitive year where no single driver has stood out seven races in.

Did You Notice?: 4 NASCAR Races in 2022, 4 Drivers Flying Under the Radar

2022 Daytona I NASCAR Cup Kurt Busch Kyle Busch racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… We’re already a month into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season? The first four races have already brought their share of unexpected surprises: two first-time winners (Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe), a trio of overtime finishes and more spins than we’ve seen in years with the sport’s new Next Gen chassis. The infusion of …

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Did You Notice?: William Byron Falling Behind at Hendrick Motorsports?

William Byron looks on in the garage area prior to strapping in for the 2022 Daytona 500. (Photo: NKP)

#24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

Did You Notice? … Alex Bowman’s sixth victory since 2020 with Hendrick Motorsports has William Byron a clear fourth in the pecking order at this powerhouse organization? With Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson on the team, the last two NASCAR Cup Series champions, it’s left the fifth-year driver a half-step further behind. A sluggish start to …

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Did You Notice?: If Kyle Larson Is in Chase Elliott’s Head?

2021 Kansas Ii Cup Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Pack Racing Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Chase Elliott‘s frustration with Kyle Larson boiling over at Auto Club Speedway this past weekend? Elliott was upset with Larson pinching him on the outside while fighting for the lead three-wide in the Wise Power 400, contact that damaged the No. 9 Chevrolet and inevitably led to a spin that took …

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Best Seat at the Track: Tom Bowles Joins From 2022 Daytona 500

Tom Bowles joins Jared Haas LIVE from the 2022 Daytona 500 (Graphic: Jared Haas)

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

As race fans settle in for the greatest day in stock car racing, the 64th annual Daytona 500, Frontstretch has five reporters at the track to cover the race. Jared Haas is joined by Tom Bowles Sunday (Feb. 20) live at Daytona International Speedway as we preview NASCAR’s Super Bowl and 2022’s official season opener. …

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Last-Lap Xfinity Wreck at Daytona Rips Engine From Myatt Snider’s Car

2022 Daytona Nxs Crash Car Matt Mills Jf Electric Zach Sturniolo

(Photo: Zach Sturniolo, Frontstretch)

Myatt Snider entered the last lap contending for the win in the 2022 Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300. He left the track, moments later, airborne with the engine detached from his car. Snider suffered just minor injuries after a terrifying wreck that sent his No. 31 TaxSlayer Chevrolet flipping and into the backstretch wall …

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Did You Notice?: 2022 NASCAR Storylines Besides the Next Gen

Kyle Busch smiles while standing on pit road at the Clash at the Coliseum (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season is finally upon us.

Did You Notice?: What’s Next for Ford’s NASCAR Future After Rocky 2021 Playoffs?

Ford drivers Ryan Blaney and Austin Cindric chat on pit road at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Moen and #33: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

Did You Notice? … The way Ford has struggled during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs? As I first pointed out at CBS Sports, they’ve gone 0-for-8 and sit outside Championship 4 position for the first time in the history of the format, implemented in 2014. That could change this weekend at Martinsville Speedway if any …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Rivalries Not Named Harvick-Elliott & Remembering 550 HP

2021 Daytona Road Cup Tyler Reddick William Byron Racing Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott isn’t the only rivalry to heat up in the final few weeks? Some other drivers butting heads have flown under the radar a bit with these two taking up so much air in the room. Here’s three other sets of people in the NASCAR community to keep …

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Did You Notice?: 4 NASCAR Winless Drivers With 4 Races Left in 2021

Greg Zipadelli and Kevin Harvick at 2019 Michigan NASCAR Cup race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … With four races left, there’s a handful of NASCAR drivers who won a race in 2020 that have yet to win in 2021? Just three are in the Cup Series, where a wave of parity and some upsets have produced 16 winners in the first 33 races, the most at this point …

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