Daytona road course replaces Fontana on NASCAR schedule

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We didn’t even make it through the offseason before COVID changed next year’s schedule, and we’re running the Daytona road course, again. NASCAR announced Tuesday that the road course at Daytona International Speedway will replace Auto Club Speedway on the 2021 schedule. It moves to the second race on the schedule. Homestead-Miami Speedway takes Auto […] READ MORE


Late wreck keeps Johnson out of playoffs

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Ever the consummate professional, Jimmie Johnson went to victory lane to congratulate William Byron and his crew. Why wouldn’t he? The young man who used to trick-or-treat at his house will now race in the playoffs for a championship, after scoring his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory. He was especially happy for Byron’s crew chief, Chad Knaus. […] READ MORE


What effect a larger spoiler played at Daytona

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For much of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, one of the biggest criticisms levied at the high-downforce package was that it made passing the leader a Herculean task. I, myself, pointed this out many different times, this season. Sunday, however, was the exception to the rule, on the run to the finish. While Chase Elliott bested Denny […] READ MORE


Differences in racing between Daytona and Talladega

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The late Barney Hall once said that we “don’t race anywhere in the world like (we) do at Talladega.” It was true when he said it during the MRN Radio broadcast of the Winston 500 on Oct. 15, 2000, and it’s still true in 2020. But given that we also do this style of racing […] READ MORE


Ryan Newman released from Hospital

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Ryan Newman is alive and well. Thankfully, approximately 42 hours following a last-lap crash in Monday night’s Daytona 500 where Newman’s car was flipped and t-boned, the Indiana native walked out of the hospital on Wednesday holding the hands of his daughters. Roush Fenway Racing tweeted at 1:43 p.m. Wednesday that the driver of the […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Let’s not neuter racing at Daytona and Talladega

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Just after 10 p.m., Monday, NASCAR announced that Ryan Newman‘s injuries were non-life threatening. I as well as many others in the NASCAR world breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Newman’s wasn’t the worst I’ve seen covering auto racing; that belongs to Joe Graf Jr.‘s wreck in a pro late model race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hell, […] READ MORE


Logano, Byron win Duels, set Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

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After a crash-filled Busch Clash on Sunday, NASCAR rounded out its 120 laps of qualifying races with nearly all of its cars relatively unharmed. Joey Logano and William Byron each won Duel Races that saw just one caution a piece, with most of the damage from each going to cars that didn’t qualify for the main event. Logano, […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Jimmie Johnson deserves more respect than he’s received

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Surrounded by throngs of reporters and television cameras, Wednesday, Jimmie Johnson spoke to the media gathered inside the Daytona 500 Club. He begins his final full-time NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday. Like Kyle Busch, Johnson is among NASCAR’s god-tier of drivers. Yet he’s never garnered the respect he deserves, according to teammate, Chase Elliott. “I […] READ MORE


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on pole for Daytona 500

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stood by his car and gazed at one of the ISM Vision video screens that line pit road. He watched car after car post lap after lap. Finally, the last car clocked in, and Erik Jones ran slower than him. It was time to celebrate. After losing his ride at Roush Fenway […] READ MORE


Odds on Odds: 2020 Busch Clash at Daytona

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Season is about to set sail and will do so with the running of Sunday’s Busch Clash. Each season begins with the pole winners from last season, along with former winners of the Clash and Daytona 500 all come together to open the year. The Busch Clash returns to it’s original […] READ MORE