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2-Headed Monster: Has Perception of Daytona 500 Changed Due to High Crash Rate?

2021 Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Involving Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric

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The Daytona 500 means many different things for many different race fans. Over the years, the perception of the Daytona 500 has changed many different times. In its early years, it was a race where the limits of the machine and horsepower were tested. Often a spread-out, low-attrition race, the Daytona 500 was sold as …

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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

Nascar Cup Series

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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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20 Years On: The Void In the Room — and the One That Didn’t Happen

Dale Earnhardt Sr. Tribute 2011

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“Just to see Big E back on the track, Would put a smile on every face. No one drove a car quite like Earnhardt”. – Cledus T. Judd’s “I Love NASCAR” (2004) I consider myself lucky. Born in 1991, I have memories of watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. compete. While they’re from well after the time …

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Up to Speed: Will Clint Bowyer Stay Candid in the Broadcast Booth?

Nascar Cup Series

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Lost in the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR season was the rather abrupt departure of Clint Bowyer from the driver’s seat.  Bowyer, who was wrapping up his 15th full-time season as a Cup Series racer, faced an uncertain future with Stewart-Haas Racing.  Despite some speculation that SHR’s driver lineup would not change for 2021, Bowyer …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2000s, Pt. 2

2008 NCS Darlington Kyle Busch Race Nigel Kinrade

08-10 May, 2008, Darlington, South Carolina USA Kyle Busch car ©2008, autostock, USA Brian Czobat

Yesterday, we tackled the back half of the top 10 movie-themed NASCAR schemes from the 2000s in part one. North of 75 cars ran paint jobs inspired by more than 50 film releases throughout the decade, ranging from blockbusters like all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins to odd or obscure choices, …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 22: Ryan Newman

Nascar Cup Series

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Ryan Newman returns to Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford for his third season with the team. The 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner will enter his 20th season of full-time racing. Serving as the veteran voice at the team, Newman still has a reputation of being a fierce and tough competitor on track. A Look …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 24: Chris Buescher

Nascar Cup Series

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Roush Fenway Racing will enter the 2021 season with the same driver lineup for the first time since 2018. That comes after a 2020 season that saw Chris Buescher return to RFR for the first time since his 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series title. Buescher replaced what many thought to be the foundation of the organization’s …

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Ryan Newman Adds Kohler Sponsorship

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Ryan Newman has added Kohler Generators sponsorship for 2021, Roush Fenway Racing announced Jan. 12. Kohler will sponsor the No. 6 in eight races in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the season-opening Daytona 500. After Daytona International Speedway, Kohler will adorn the No. 6 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Road America, …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Roush Fenway Racing

2020 Review Roush

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Heading into 2020, Roush Fenway Racing had reason to be optimistic in the NASCAR Cup Series.  The previous year, veteran Ryan Newman put an RFR Ford in the playoffs for only the second time in the last five seasons.  That was Newman’s first season with Roush, and it left fans wondering if Newman and the …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ryan Newman Walks Away Unscathed

2020 Daytona Ncs Ryan Newman Accident Nkp

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The Daytona 500 is a race that is filled with prestige, excitement and heartbreak. After 500 miles, the storylines that usually unfold are about celebration, but this year’s race was a different kind of celebration. The celebration of safety has been important to NASCAR in the past 20 years, and Ryan Newman tested the features …

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Here’s an Update on the Previous Comcast Community Champion of the Year Finalists

2016 Xfinity Camping World Truck Banquet

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Since Comcast entered NASCAR as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it’s given back to the community. The company focuses on awarding people within the racing community for philanthropic initiatives via the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award. The award, presented every year during championship week, has been granted to drivers, pit …

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