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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.

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

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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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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Expand Daytona Speedweeks Fields?

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You didn’t think you’d get one week into the season without a debate, did you? Speedweeks 2021 is here, and that means 2-Headed Monster is back with a topic that will certainly get the conversation started. Should NASCAR have expanded the fields for this weekend due to the excessive car count? It’s been years since …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What are Realistic Expectations for New Organizations This Year?

Bubba Wallace

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With seven road course events set to take place this season (including three new venues to the NASCAR Cup Series), “into the unknown” is a cliché, but true, moniker. World-class facilities await the field in Road America, Circuit of the Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. But with stock cars taking to the …

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Daniel Suarez Adds CommScope Sponsorship

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Daniel Suarez will be sponsored by CommScope for multiple races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Trackhouse Racing Team announced Feb. 2. CommScope will adorn the hood of Suarez’s No. 99 starting at Phoenix Raceway in March. Other races for the partnership have not yet been announced. “CommScope’s support over the years has been …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 28: Daniel Suarez

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Daniel Suarez is getting a fresh start – again.  For the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Suarez will compete with Trackhouse Racing Team, a brand-new operation created by former driver Justin Marks.  Having secured a charter and established a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, Trackhouse will race full time in 2021 with Suarez as …

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Pitbull Joins Trackhouse Racing as Team Partner

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Pitbull is joining Trackhouse Racing Team as a team partner, the organization announced Friday, Jan. 15. Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Perez, joins co-owner Justin Marks one month prior to the NASCAR Cup Series team’s debut. “From day one of creating Trackhouse Racing, I wanted our team to be a platform for purpose, to …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Gaunt Brothers Racing

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How was 2020 different from any other NASCAR Cup Series season Gaunt Brothers Racing competed in since 2017? The No. 96 Toyota Camry was in the field for every race. Well, almost. Despite missing the 2020 Daytona 500 due to a devastating wreck with Ryan Blaney in the tri-oval during one of two qualifying 150-milers, …

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What’s Left of the 2020-2021 Silly Season

Ty Dillon at Daytona in 2020

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Over the years, the term Silly Season has become a popular expression in the racing world. It’s the time of year where NASCAR drivers in a contract year try to figure out where they’ll land for the following season. For fans, it’s highly anticipated. For drivers, not so much. With the current economic landscape, many …

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NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500

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Fort Worth, Texas is home to two massive sporting venues. One is AT&T Stadium, known colloquially as “Jerryworld”, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and one of the most advanced sports facilities in the world. The other is Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval known both for its long distance races and variability as either …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Diversity Takes Giant Leap Forward During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Did You Notice? … How far NASCAR diversity has come in just a few short months? Flash back to April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, and the viability of single-car teams (think: Richard Petty Motorsports / Bubba Wallace and Gaunt Brothers Racing / Daniel Suarez) was in doubt. Kyle Larson had just been …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte

2020 Charlotte Road Cup Chase Elliott Trophy Nkp

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What happened? Chase Elliott won the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte on Sunday (Oct. 11) for his fourth consecutive road course victory. Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five. Yeah … he's pretty good at these places. Retweet to congratulate @chaseelliott on his fourth-consecutive road course …

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