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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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Fire on Fridays: Must-Win Teams That Should Use Road Course Experts to Advance in NASCAR Playoffs

Austin Cindric, Kentucky

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and heading into an elimination race below the cutline means a team must pull out all the stops to try to advance. It’s Hail Mary time, and sometimes an unconventional approach, such as using a road-course racing expert rather than your regular driver, might just work. This weekend, the …

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Natalie Decker Out Again at Talladega, Kaz Grala to Sub

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Kaz Grala will replace Natalie Decker as the driver of the No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, according to NASCAR’s entry list. Decker was not medically cleared by NASCAR to compete in the race, Niece Motorsports later stated in a press release. …

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Kaz Grala on His Impressive Debut, Getting the Call from Richard Childress and His Daytona Success

Nascar Cup Series

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Few have had more of a whirlwind week than Kaz Grala. From getting the call from Hall of Famer and team owner Richard Childress, to leading laps in the famed No. 3 car at Daytona International Speedway and everything in between, the 21-year-old became the first driver since Carl Edwards in 2004 to score a …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daytona Road Course Disappoints, William Byron Talks Racing on the Bubble

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss NASCAR’s inaugural weekend on the Daytona International Speedway road course. How did the duo think the racing played out, and should NASCAR return? Chase Elliott scored the victory, his third consecutive win on a road course. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson had a solid day, though …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Best Race in Motorsports

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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing At long last this weekend, and for the first time ever not during the month of May, it’s the Indy 500 — the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It’s a nickname that is more than well-earned for a race which to me is easily the most mesmeric in all of motorsports, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Go Bowling 235 at Daytona Road Course

Nascar Cup Series

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What happened Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling 235 on Sunday (Aug. 16) in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five finishers. Cue that si-reen! ? Retweet to congratulate @chaseelliott on a historic victory on …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Kaz Grala Exceeding Expectations in Cup Debut

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All eyes were on Daytona International Speedway this weekend as the top three NASCAR national touring series held inaugural events on its road course. Expectations were sky-high. Depending on how fans like their road racing, one series lived up to those epic forecasts while two others, eh, have seen better days on right-turn tracks. Overall, …

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Kaz Grala Wheels His Way to 7th, Leads Laps in Cup Debut

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First NASCAR Cup Series start? No problem! Kaz Grala wheeled the No. 3 car of Richard Childress Racing to a seventh-place finish in the Go Bowling 235 Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Grala was tagged to substitute for Austin Dillon after Dillon tested positive for COVID-19. Even though 21-year-old Grala …

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Earl Bamber Joining Richard Childress Racing at Daytona Xfinity Event

2019 Daytona Iwsc Earl Bamber Car Phil Allaway

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Earl Bamber is going NASCAR racing. The veteran IMSA driver will pilot the No. 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series entry for Richard Childress Racing, beginning at the Daytona International Speedway road course (Aug. 15) the team announced July 31. The Daytona contest will be the stock car start of any kind for the 30-year-old New Zealander. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Anthony Alfredo Focused on Improving in 2020, Chasing Championship in 2021

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When Anthony Alfredo was an infant, his parents, Rob and Veronica, were fans of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Childress Racing. Fast forward 20 years, and Alfredo is competing for RCR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.   Last fall when Alfredo interviewed for the vacant part-time ride at RCR, his parents weren’t able to be in …

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Kaz Grala Back with Richard Childress Racing for Select Races

Nascar Xfinity Series

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Kaz Grala returns to Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet in 2020. RCR announced in a press release on Friday afternoon the 21-year-old would race a limited NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule for the team. Grala will share the ride with Myatt Snider and Anthony Alfredo. Last year, Grala drove the No. 21 in five races, …

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