Chase Elliott: No Guarantee in the Championship Chase

Chase Elliott knows, there is no guarantee in the Championship Chase for the NASCAR Cup Series title this year nor beyond this season.

Every driver dreams of racing at Daytona International Speedway. In the NASCAR Cup Series, winning the Daytona 500 is at the top of their wish list. But some want more, and look beyond just being in or winning a single race. Competitive drivers want to be at the top level; they want to be one of the best. The quest to be one of the best means hoisting the Cup Series trophy at least once in their career.

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NASCAR Cup Series Power Ranking Post Daytona Road Course

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NASCAR Cup Series Power Ranking covers their race on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course on Sunday afternoon.

After the craziness of the Daytona 500 led to Michael McDowell’s upset win, it wasn’t outrageous to think that the Daytona Road Course might tone down a little bit. Early on, it appeared as if that was exactly what would happen, with pole-sitter Chase Elliott driving away from the field and winning stage one with ease.  

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Christopher Bell’s Late Push to his First Cup Series Win

Christopher Bell's late push in the closing laps earns him his first NASCAR Cup Series win on the Daytona Road Course on Sunday evening.

The NASCAR Cup Series stays at Daytona International Speedway to run on its road course. Its 15-turn course takes the field through a winding infield before returning onto the superspeedway where drivers race down the backstretch to a tricky chicane. Cars and driver’s ability to control the brakes are so crucial in this course with all the tight hairpin turns. Brake failure often ruins a team’s day in road course racing. 

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Daytona 500 Winners and Losers

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Daytona 500 Winners and Losers in the NASCAR Cup Series highlights the big or small victories and defeats for drivers throughout the 2021 season.

Daytona 500 Winners and Losers in the NASCAR Cup Series highlights the big or small victories and defeats for drivers throughout the 2021 season.

In each week of NASCAR racing, there are the obvious winners and losers from the different races. So, it’s important to look a little bit deeper into the effect of the result of these races, and how certain drivers, teams, and other NASCAR-affiliate entities are feeling about the weekend. Here’s the first 2021 edition of ‘Winners and Losers.’  

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The Post-Daytona 500 Power Ranking

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The post-Daytona 500 power ranking is the result of a wild and crazy NASCAR Cup Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway with all the highs and lows of victory and defeat.

The post-Daytona 500 power ranking is the result of a wild and crazy NASCAR Cup Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway with all the highs and lows of victory and defeat.

In a race as crazy as the 2021 Daytona 500, it seems only fitting a driver such as Michael McDowell should come out on top.  

Following an early wreck that claimed contenders such as Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, and William Byron, the race went into a rain delay that lasted over five hours. The early wreck brought about a lengthy run of single-file racing, with the remaining drivers just trying to maintain position and conserve their cars.  

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