The excitement of a new season settled Kyle Larson’s nerves and he felt optimistic about his future. After serving a six-month suspension for his use of a racial slur that nearly cost him his career, Larson is just appreciative of the opportunity ahead.
William Byron was the third surprise winner through three races this season with his victory Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Byron joined Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell as unlikely winners to start this season.
At a race track in Salisbury, North Carolina, the grandfather gave some advice to his grandson ahead of the boy’s first go-kart race: Just focus on making laps. Feel out the track. Don’t — do not — get too aggressive.
Perhaps in any other season, NASCAR could raise a glass to what its broadcast partner is billing as “The Best Season Ever.” But promising “best” anything in a pandemic seems as outlandish as a 62-year-old driver in the Daytona 500. Yet here we are.
Filipe Albuquerque held off Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande — both part of WTR’s winning teams the last two seasons and both seeking to become the first winners of three consecutive Rolex races — to give the overhauled Taylor team its fourth win in the last five years at Daytona International Speedway.
Chase Elliott took the torch of NASCAR’s most popular driver from teammate Jimmie Johnson by winning his first Cup title Sunday, driving from the back of the field to victory lane at Phoenix Raceway. The win for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet was the first since Johnson, who retired after the race, won his seventh and final crown in 2016.