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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Daytona 500

Michael McDowell celebrates his 2021 Daytona 500 win Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? With duct tape on the hood and all hell breaking loose around him, Michael McDowell drove through a fiery last-lap crash and held off Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon just long enough for the caution flag to fly, winning his first career NASCAR Cup Series race on …

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4 Burning Questions: Now With 35% Less Jimmie Johnson

Enfinger, Grant Martinsville 2020

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Is this really going to be the “best season ever”? That’s FOX Sports’ tagline for its coverage of NASCAR Cup Series action in 2021, at least. While I wouldn’t go that far, there definitely are some interesting things to watch out for this year. Perhaps the biggest test for these race teams is setting themselves …

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Kyle Larson Gains 2 Sponsors for 4 Total Races

2019 Charlotte Cup Kyle Larson Nigel Kinrade Photography

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The No. 5 Chevrolet has primary sponsorships for four more NASCAR Cup Series races, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday (Feb. 2). Cincinnati Inc. and Freightliner will sponsor Kyle Larson for two races apiece. Both companies will also be year-long associate sponsors on the No. 5 Hendrick entry. The events these two companies will be the primary …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 10: Kyle Larson

2020 Las Vegas Ncs Kyle Larson Face

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Kyle Larson directly placed himself in a tumultuous situation last year and is ready for the reset that comes with a new season. In a well-documented and inexcusable error, the six-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner used a racial slur in an iRacing event in April that subsequently cost him his job, expelling him from …

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Kyle Larson Sponsored by NationsGuard for Daytona 500

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Kyle Larson will be sponsored by NationsGuard in the 2021 Daytona 500, Hendrick Motorsports announced Jan. 28. NationsGuard is the first sponsor announced for Larson’s No. 5 for 2021. It is part of the portfolio of companies owned by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick. Additionally, NationsGuard will sponsor Larson at the Daytona International Speedway road …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 5: 2021 General Tire Winter Nationals & Wild Wing Shootout

2018 Darlington Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

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The A-Main: If anyone needed more proof that 2020 never ended, take a look at the evergreen hot streak of one Elk Grove, Calif.’s Kyle Larson. In only his fifth career late model start, Larson absolutely stomped a stout field in the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series season opener at All-Tech Raceway, leading the …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 3: 2021 Chili Bowl

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The A-Main – The stats sheet will show that Kyle Larson was utterly dominant in scoring his second consecutive Chili Bowl, but it was far closer than the scoresheet will show. KYLE LARSON IS A BACK-TO-BACK CHILI BOWL CHAMPION!!! pic.twitter.com/L7lAtfkrhn — ?????????? (@Walkapedia_) January 17, 2021 Larson, who bested polesitter Justin Grant on the race’s …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 3: How Big is the Chili Bowl?

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For as stellar a race as he drove, Kyle Larson’s mouth is what rocked the racing world after winning the 2020 Chili Bowl. Said the defending champion, “I’m sorry NASCAR. I’m sorry Daytona, but this is the biggest f***ing race I’ve ever won.” Comparing the Chili Bowl to Daytona is nothing new. Three-time Chili Bowl …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 2 – Dirt Late Models Full Stream Ahead to Kick Off 2021

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Anyone that’s ever groaned about NASCAR’s offseason being the shortest in professional sports ought steer clear of dirt late model racing.  For those at the top of the pyramid racing super lates, that offseason ended New Year’s weekend, a mere 19 days after the checkered flag flew over the National 100 at East Alabama Motor …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 1: Was Dirt Racing Lucky or Good in 2020?

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Our own Matt McLaughlin said it best back in June when he was called into sub on my (and his) former Thinkin’ Out Loud column. No one was yelling at me, and no one threw a punch, but NASCAR’s actions that month had me evaluating what my future held. What started at Martinsville Speedway was …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: Kyle Larson from Success to Suspension, on Way to Redemption

2020 Las Vegas Ncs Kyle Larson Face

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The 2020 NASCAR season unquestionably brought us some of the wildest headlines in this current era of racing, from Ryan Newman’s horrific Daytona 500 crash and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic stopping on-track action for two months. It was during this hiatus that another shocking headline emerged out of the blue: the controversial suspension of …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Chip Ganassi Racing

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The 2020 season was tough on everyone involved in NASCAR. It got off to a fine start but was stopped just four races in, and the remaining 32 races were run with COVID-19 guidelines in place. It was not what any team expected or was prepared for. The team that may have been affected the …

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