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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)

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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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Stock Car Scoop: Has Alex Bowman Leapfrogged Chase Elliott at Hendrick Motorsports?

Alex Bowman celebrates after scoring the victory for Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek are joined by editor and Frontstretch Content Director Michael Massie on Stock Car Scoop to discuss whether Chase Elliott, not one of those winners, is falling down the pecking order at Hendrick Motorsports. Also, is the Toyota resurgence at Las Vegas just a one-off? And can the early season parity we’ve seen in the Cup Series continue for the foreseeable future?

Fire on Fridays: Who Is Each NASCAR Cup Team’s Alpha Driver?

Ryan Blaney grits his teeth at LA Clash, Joey Logano smiles, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A rundown of alpha drivers in each NASCAR Cup Series team.

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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Up to Speed: Kyle Larson & Chase Elliott Tangle at Fontana

2021 Phoenix II Cup Denny Hamlin chase Elliott kyle Larson pit road NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In their first year together as teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott mostly played nice.

Two races into the 2022 season? Not so much.

With 21 laps to go during Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, both drivers had a shot at victory.

Kyle Larson Surges Late, Begins NASCAR Title Defense with Auto Club Win

Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag to win the WISE Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway, 2/27/2022 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Sunday (Feb. 27) at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Larson’s No. 5 came to life late, and the defending champ held off all comers to win his first race of 2022 in the Wise Power 400 and open his title defense.

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