William Byron Survives Wild Daytona 500 Finish

William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 celebrates his victory Monday, February 19, 2024, after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. This is the first Daytona 500 win for Byron. On its 40th Anniversary, Hendrick Motorsports gets its 9th Daytona 500 victory, tying Petty Motorsports for most all-time. (Photo by Chris Owens/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Welcome back to NASCAR 2024! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Ryan Blaney Holds Off His Competitors And Wins NASCAR Cup Championship

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Ryan Blaney didn’t need to win the race at Phoenix, he just needed to finish ahead of his three competitors to win the title. And that’s exactly what he did, holding off Kyle Larson (P3), William Byron (P4) and Christopher Bell (P36).

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Ryan Blaney Masters Martinsville

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And then there were four. Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and William Byron. No Denny Hamlin or Martin Truex, Jr. No Kevin Harvick,  who is heading to the broadcast booth in 2024. No Chase Elliott, Joey Logano or Kyle Busch.

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Christopher Bell Outruns Ryan Blaney for Homestead Win

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During the course of the race, Christopher Bell thought his chances of racing for a NASCAR Cup Series championship at Phoenix were slim or none. After just squeaking into points at the end of Stage 1 he was nowhere to be found by the end of Stage 2. Homestead was eating up tires and while there were multiple racing grooves, around the top was the best, plus you needed drive off of the corners to compete. Bell’s car was having none of that and Bell was in a sour mood.

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Kyle Larson Cashes In At Las Vegas Cup Race

Last week I noted that if you led 100 or more laps at Las Vegas, you had a pretty good shot at winning the race. Well Kyle Larson did just that, and more.  He won both stages and led the most laps with 133 and the final 45. But it almost did not come to pass.

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AJ Allmendinger Scores Emotional Charlotte Roval Win

AJ Allmendinger is on a quest to prove he belongs in NASCAR, and he keeps showing his grit week in and week out. While he may not be an ace on the ovals yet, he is definitely an ace on the road courses.  He proved that again with a tough-it-out win on the Charlotte Roval.

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Ryan Blaney Wins At Talladega, Makes It Through To Next Playoff Round

Ryan Blaney came into the Talladega race needing to win one of the next two races and he did just that. He did it by staying in the Top 10 most of the race, avoiding a couple of wrecks and battling Kevin Harvick right to the very end.

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William Byron Makes It Through To The Next Round With Walk Off Texas Win

Hello race fans. Since we last met, Denny Hamlin won at Bristol to a chorus of boos usually saved for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick was eliminated from the playoffs, Sherry Pollex passed away after a brave battle with cancer, and now Byron Williams wins at Texas to secure his position in the Round of 8.

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Tyler Reddick Outshines His Team Owner Denny Hamlin at Kansas

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Last week Denny Hamlin led a lot of laps and left without a win. This week the same thing occurred, but at the end saw him win as an owner with Tyler Reddick leading just two laps, but the most important two laps.

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Kyle Larson Wins The First NASCAR Cup Playoff Race, And His First Ever At Darlington

It looked like this was a race that had Denny Hamlin written all over it. He signed a nice extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, he started on the front row, won both Stages and he led 177 laps. I mean, you could just write this one early and go to bed, right? Nope.

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Chris Buescher Continues to Lead RFK Racing Resurgence With Daytona Win

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It was a must win for many drivers Saturday night at Daytona as the hunt to make the NASCAR Cup playoffs entered its final race. A lot of potential scenarios were in play for a number of drivers.  But in the end, a driver already in the playoffs won and ended the playoff hopes for the rest.

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William Byron Takes Front Row Start All The Way To A Win at The Glen

William Byron didn’t lead all the laps at Watkins Glen but he sure led the most. In a simply dominating fashion, Byron schooled the field with this performance.

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Michael McDowell Wins at Indy, and Shakes Up the Playoffs

Michael McDowell led a race high 54 laps on his way to his second Cup win, but a win that puts a lot of pressure on several bubble drivers. While securing his place in the playoffs, he leaves Daniel Suarez, Ty Gibbs, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman wondering what’s next with just two races to go in the regular season.

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With Michigan Win, Chris Buescher Makes It Two in a Row for RFK

After a day-long rain delay, the race finished in a great battle between the two fastest cars on the track, as it should be. Chris Buescher backed up last week’s win at Richmond with a stout performance holding off Martin Truex, Jr. who arguably had the fastest car all day. But as we all know, the fastest car doesn’t always win.

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RFK Gets Big Richmond Win With Chris Buescher

On a day that saw RFK teammates leading a combined 190 laps, Chris Buescher kept the field at bay as he won at Richmond and solidified his playoff hopes. Teammate and owner Brad Keselowski showed what strength the team had by leading a race high 102 laps and winning Stage 2.

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