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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.

Up to Speed: Brad Keselowski & Austin Cindric Battle at Daytona

#6: Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing, Ford Mustang Castrol Violet Defense

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One year ago, Brad Keselowski’s frustration was visible.

As the final laps of the Daytona 500 ticked away, Keselowski made a bold move to set himself up for a last-lap pass for the lead on his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano. But when Logano blocked Keselowski’s path forward, Keselowski got hit from behind by Michael McDowell, triggering a frightening crash that knocked out both Penske cars. McDowell went on to win the race, leaving Keselowski without a Harley J. Earl Trophy for at least one more year.

Stock Car Scoop: What Do We Know About the 2022 Daytona 500?

#21: Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft / Dex Imaging (NKP)

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With the field splintering into small packs during the Daytona 500 qualifying races and the only major Duels incident on the final lap of the night, how much will the main event reflect the twin 150-mile races from Thursday? Were hosts Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek surprised by Kaz Grala and Greg Biffle securing the final transfer spots among unchartered teams? And who has the edge among the top drivers entering Sunday’s Great American Race?

The duo discuss these topics and more in a pre-Daytona 500 edition of Stock Car Scoop.

Kaz Grala Adds Truck Schedule With Young’s

#16: Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Hyperice

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Kaz Grala will run in all three NASCAR national series in 2022, as he announced a schedule with Young’s Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series Feb. 3. Grala will drive the No. 02 in 11 races, beginning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He competed for the team in three races in 2021, scoring a runner-up …

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Floyd Mayweather’s The Money Team, Kaz Grala Attempting Daytona 500

2021 Cota Trucks Kaz Grala Nkp

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The Money Team Racing will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 with Kaz Grala, TMT announced Feb. 1. The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-owned team, multiple years in the making, has entered the No. 50 with Grala. Tony Eury Jr. will be the No. 50’s crew chief, and Pit Viper will sponsor the effort. According to …

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