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He finished second in Stage 1 and third in Stage 2 and was one of the few cars able to keep pace with Chase Elliott, who led 44 of the first 57 laps of the race. Logano, 30, ended the race as runner-up and sits second in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after the first two races of the season. A solid day – except for the fact he appeared to have his first race victory of 2021 in hand with one lap to go. Going through the frontstretch chicane before the start of the final lap, Christopher Bell powered…

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Ganassi, who owns the No. 42 car driven by Ross Chastain and the No. 1 car driven by Kurt Busch, brought a non-essential individual within the competition area at Daytona International Speedway. The team owner violated Section 12.8.1.b of the rule book by bringing someone inside the highly restricted NASCAR bubble. NASCAR has suspended the team owner from attending next weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and fined him $30,000. Chip Ganassi Racing will still be permitted to compete. Three Cup Series drivers have been sidelined due to COVID-19 since last March including Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and Brendan Gaughan. Read…

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Elliott was once again dominant in NASCAR’s first road course race of the 2021 season. He won Stage 1 and led 44 of 70 laps. However, a Lap 57 caution for light rain changed the complexion of the race drastically though. Elliott pitted from the lead but found himself behind nearly a dozen cars who did not. What followed was a series of fender-benders, off-road excursions and a spin that left him with a disappointing 21st place finish. “When you have those late-race cautions like that and you have a mixed bag of who stays and who goes, it’s a…

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The three races on the Daytona Road Course this weekend – Trucks, Xfinity and Cup – each were different in their own right, but all featured drivers “going for broke” late in the race leading to many on-track incidents and usually many cautions. Sunday’s Cup race was a fairly low-key affair until NASCAR decided to throw a caution on Lap 57 of 70 because there was light rain failing in some areas of the track. By doing so, NASCAR put the decision on teams for the remainder of the race on whether to use wet weather tires, but as it…

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Logano had led 10 of the final 13 laps but on the next-to-last lap, Bell made up considerable ground on him and entering the frontstretch chicane of the Daytona Road Course, Bell powered to his inside and came away the leader to start the final lap. He deftly navigated the last of the 70 laps and ended up winning by 2.119 seconds – his first career win in 38 starts. Bell, 26, is the second consecutive first-time winner in the Cup Series to start the 2021 season. Michael McDowell won last weekend’s Daytona 500. “I don’t know, this is definitely…

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Gibbs, the 18-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs, went from fourth to second in Turn 1 at the start of the second overtime and then cleared leader Jeb Burton for the lead. Gibbs then had to hold off road-racing ace Austin Cindric, last year’s Xfinity champion, over the last lap but came away with his first NASCAR national series victory. “I just can’t thank everybody right now. This is like a dream come true to me. I really didn’t think I had it there and we fought back and won. “Family is everything. They do so much…

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Daytona International Speedway has been a fixture on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule since 1959, and is the site of ‘The Great American Race.’ The 63rd running of the Daytona 500 took place Sunday, February 14th. Michael McDowell claimed a shock victory after Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski crashed in a dramatic last-lap crash. But this week echoes back to the true origins of NASCAR racing at Daytona as the sport goes road racing for the second round of the 2021 season. Long before the Daytona 500 was the iconic spectacle it is today, NASCAR still came to Daytona in…

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Rhodes led the way on the start of the third two-lap overtime and managed to remain out front to take the white flag, but as he tried to fend off a charge from Sheldon Creed on the final lap, the caution was displayed again for a truck stopped in the frontstretch chicane. Rhodes made it back to the checkered flag under caution to secure his win Friday night on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course – one week after his victory on the Daytona oval to start the year. It’s only the third time in series history a driver has…

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Instead, after dropping back to start a run and with a shove from behind by Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski got into the left-rear of leader Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford, which sent Logano spinning down the track and Keselowski racing up it and into the wall. McDowell split the middle to inherit the lead and held off Chase Elliott before the caution was thrown, which secured McDowell’s first career win in the Cup Series’ biggest race. Even reigning Xfinity Series champion and fellow Penkse driver Austin Cindric, running a partial Cup schedule this season and few positions behind Logano and…

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Friday, Feb. 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – 7:30 p.m. EST. Race length – 44 laps with stages of 12-13-19 Pole – Ben Rhodes Network – Fox Sports 1 Radio – MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Saturday, Feb. 20 NASCAR Xfinity Series – 5 p.m. EST. Race length – 52 laps with stages of 15-15-22 Pole – Brett Moffitt Network – Fox Sports 1 Radio – MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Sunday, Feb. 21 NASCAR Cup Series – 3 p.m. EST. Race length – 70 laps with stages of 16-18-36 Pole – Chase Elliott Network – FOX Radio – MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Read…

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