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William Byron Takes Homestead-Miami NASCAR Cup Race

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – William Byron came to the party late but came powerfully.  Byron won the second stage of the Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup race and checked out in the final laps of the contest on Sunday. The 23-year-old driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet checked out from the rest of the field as the laps ran down. Byron’s win gives the circuit three different wins in three races.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 02.28.2021

Myatt Snider Gets First NASCAR Xfinity Win at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Myatt Snider inherited the lead late in the race when leader Noah Gragson ran into the back of a slower car with two laps remaining.  He went on to victory in overtime.  It was the 26-year-old driver’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series win and was a win for Richard Childress Racing’s organization, it’s first of 2021. Snider celebrated his first victory in 36 starts with a reverse lap around the 1 1/2-mile track.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:22 PM, 02.27.2021

North Carolina to Allow 30 Percent Capacity for Coca-Cola 600 on May 30

CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2021) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials announced a plan Wednesday to allow outdoor sports venues, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, to host events with fans up to 30 percent of their capacity, beginning Feb. 26. The announcement paves the way for a limited number of fans to be part of the action when NASCAR’s best return to America’s Home for Racing for the first-ever tripleheader weekend – featuring the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Alsco Uniforms 300 and historic 62nd running of the Coca-Cola 600 – at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 28-30.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:54 PM, 02.24.2021

Christopher Bell Wins First Career NASCAR Cup Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Christopher Bell won his first career NASCAR Cup race in the O’Reilly 253 race on the Daytona International Speedway road course.  Joey Logano had gone out to a lead as Bell, who had taken tires on a late caution, motored by him late in the race and went on to victory.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 7:41 PM, 02.21.2021

Rookie Ty Gibbs Wins Xfinity Road Course Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Ty Gibbs, grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs notched his first victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by holding off Austin Cindric at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. The race was held on the road course there, and it was supposed to be a two man race between Cindric and road ace A.J. Allmendinger.  The 18-year-old Gibbs had something to say about that.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:55 PM, 02.20.2021

Rhodes Doubles at Daytona

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 19, 2021 – RIS) Ben Rhodes came back to Daytona after winning last week’s Camping World Truck Series race with hopes of giving Toyota the manufacturer’s 200th series win, his second win in two weeks at the speedway and another win for ThorSport Racing after the team changed manufacturers between seasons. Despite starting on a wet track after heavy rain in the afternoon with rain tires mounted and windshield wipers going, the race ran fairly smoothly until the third stage, with triple restarts at the end but Rhodes held on for his fifth series victory. “It’s unbelievable. I don’t have words for it,” he said. “I don’t even know what to say. This is so cool. I just have to thank my team. The Bombardier Tundra was fast all day. ThorSport Racing gave me a truck that handled this year and we were fast. Rich (Luches) is a really good crew chief. It’s good to be paired up with him and all of the guys on my team. I’m just thrilled. I don’t know what to say. I’ve been on cloud nine all week, so it’s above that. I’m just so happy.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 PM, 02.19.2021

Michael McDowell Wins the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Michael McDowell won the 63rd Daytona 500 on early Monday morning after a spectacular wreck on the final lap.  As the last lap unfolded, Joey Logano was leading with Brad Keselowski close behind.  McDowell was behind Keselowski.  When Keselowski made his move, he was being pushed by McDowell, and the extra speed that resulted made Keselowski’s attempted pass put him into the rear of Logano’s car, spinning both of them in a fiery crash.  McDowell was able to hold off Chase Elliott for the win.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 1:35 AM, 02.15.2021

Austin Cindric Wins on Daytona's High Banks in the NASCAR Xfinity Series

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -RIS -In a battle of the last survivor, reigning Xfinity champion Austin Cindric won the Beef, It’s What’d for Dinner 300 with crafty moves on the final overtime lap. Cindric had been up front all day, starting on the pole.  Cindric led the final laps of a two-lap overtime shootout following a late caution in the race, titled the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:08 PM, 02.13.2021

Ben Rhodes Wins the Spring Truck Race at Daytona in Dramatic Fashion

DAYONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ben Rhodes made a daring pass to get by Troy Roper to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  In a race filled with crashes and mishaps, it was an awesome victory.  The fourth win of his Truck Series career was his first at the 2.5-mile Florida track.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 10:59 PM, 02.12.2021

Probable Daytona 500 Lineup (Unofficial)

Unofficial starting lineup, Daytona 500:
 Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet
2) William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet
3) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford
4) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
5) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota
6) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota
7) Ryan Newman, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford
8) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light #TheCrew Ford
9) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford
10) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota
11) * Ryan Preece, No. 37 Cottonelle Chevrolet
12) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
13) Kyle Larson, No. 5 Nations Guard Chevrolet
14) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford, 63
15) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 iFly Chevrolet, 60

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 2:41 AM, 02.12.2021

Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon Win Daytona 500 Qualifying Races

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Aric Almirola won the third starting position for Sunday’s Blue Green Vacations Duel qualifying race.  Almirola held off a charge from Joey Logano thanks to a push from Christopher Bell to win the first Duel qualifying race on Thursday night. Almirola had control of the race for the final laps, but it was only a matter of time before Logano made a move from second.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 1:23 AM, 02.12.2021

Alex Bowman Wins Daytona 500 Pole

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Same old thing, as they say.  Alex Bowman will sit on the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500 for 2020.  It was his fourth consecutive front row start in the Great American Race.  Bowman claimed the pole with a lap of 191.261 mph.  Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron qualified second with a lap of 190.219 mph to lock in a spot in the Daytona 500. This is the seventh time Hendrick Motorsports swept the front row for the 500.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:25 PM, 02.10.2021

The Candy Man Can - Kyle Busch Steals the Busch Clash

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Kyle Busch scored a surprising preseason victory Tuesday night in the Busch Clash exhibition, avoiding a crash between front-runners Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, to kick off the NASCAR Cup Series season with the annual exhibition held for the first time on the Daytona International Speedway road course.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:31 PM, 02.09.2021

Team Penske NASCAR Media Day Transcripts

Team Penske held a media day on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  Full transcripts of the crew chief and driver interviews can be found in the NASCAR press PR section of the main menu.  This is the start of many media day leading up to SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway in February.

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Volume 2021, Issue 1, Posted 10:58 PM, 01.27.2021

A Different Way of Looking at NASCAR's Cup Championship

(CONCORD, NC - NOV 25, 2020) - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:24 PM, 11.25.2020

Testing at Charlotte - The Next Gen Cup Car Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CHIP GANASSI RACING’S, KURT BUSCH, is participating in a two-day Next Gen test held by NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch met with media via teleconference to discuss his thoughts after the first day of the test, what he’s learned from the test so far, and more. Martin Truex, Jr. is also testing the non branded car.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 9:05 PM, 11.16.2020

Chase Elliott Wins Phoenix and Becomes NASCAR Cup Champion

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS - Like father, like son, Chase Elliott won the playoff race at Phoenix Rsceway on Sunday to join his father, Bill Elliott, as champion of the NASCAR Cup Series.  The younger Elliott is the third-youngest champion in series history. He wins the crown on a day that seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson ran his final Cup race as a full-time series driver before embarking on an IndyCar campaign, while Cup champion Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer ended their careers.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:56 PM, 11.08.2020

No. 22, 22 Year-Old Driver, Another Championship for Penske Racing

(PHOENIX, AZ - NOV 7, 2020 - RIS) Austin Cindric probably had the best car at Phoenix, setting the fastest time of the race and leading 72 of the 206 laps to win the season-ending Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 on his way to the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 8:52 PM, 11.07.2020

Creed Takes New Tires to Race and Season Crowns

(PHOENIX, AZ - NOV 6, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed led only twice and for only 27 laps in winning the season-ending Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race and the year's championship.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 10:55 PM, 11.06.2020

Elliott Wins at Martinsville and Makes it to the Championship Four

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – It was make-or break day at the little paper clip track in Ridgeway, Virginia, known as Martinsville Speedway.  The powers that be decided to make NASCAR’s playoff final four for all national series be determined on the circuits smallest track and it was brilliant.  Chase Elliott needed to win to sneak into the final four that will vie for the NASCAR Cup championship, and he did just that. Elliott passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 43 laps to go. He held that lead the rest of the way to get the win and the automatic berth in the four-driver championship race next weekend in Phoenix. He led a race-best 236 laps at the .526-mile short track and won by 6.5 seconds over friend Ryan Blaney.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:56 PM, 11.01.2020

Harrison Burton Becomes Youngest Martinsville Winner

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT 31, 2020 - RIS) Harrison Burton led the final 52 laps of the Draft Top 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville to become the youngest driver to win in the series at the half-mile paperclip. His father, Jeff, had previously been the youngest to take the victory. The four drivers going to next weekend's final race of the season with a chance at the season-long championship are Ryan Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier and Alex Haley.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 6:57 PM, 10.31.2020

Enfinger Grabs Hall of Fame 200 Victory

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT 30, 2020 - RIS) Grant Enfinger raced into the championship race next weekend at Phoenix by winning the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville. The win was his fourth of the season and sixth career Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series win. Joining Enfinger with a shot at the championship will be Enfinger, Sheldon Creed, Brett Moffitt and Zane Smith. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 10:57 PM, 10.30.2020

Kyle Busch Extends Win Streak to 16 at Texas Cup Playoff Race

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – In a race that was postponed three times, Mother Nature finally smiled on Texas Motor Speedway, and the Autotrader Echo Park NASCAR Cup race on Wednesday evening. Busch stretched his fuel and held off Martin Truex Jr. to win for the first time this season in Cup. Busch’s 16th consecutive season with a win ties him with Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Jimmie Johnson for third on the all-time Cup list. Richard Petty has the record with 18 consecutive seasons with at least one win.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 9:11 PM, 10.28.2020

Texas Cup Race Postponed Until Wednesday, October 28th

FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - For the third consecutive day, NASCAR had to postpone the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway due to unseasonable weather.  The race started late on Sunday until fog and rain dominated the track and thed race was postponed until today.  Persistent rain and mist would not allow the race to start, and now it is set to resume on Wednesday, October 28th at 3:00 EDT.  

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 PM, 10.27.2020

Creed Works Overtime in Texas Trucks

(FORT WORTH, TX - OCT 25, 2020 - RIS) Sheldon Creed captured his fourth Gander RV & Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series win, dominating the race by leading 132 of the 152 laps and ending the race under an overtime caution when Josh Bilicki and Ben Rhodes spun in the second turn. the win ensured Creed of a shot at the championship in the final race of the season at Phoenix.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 4:01 PM, 10.25.2020

Harrison Burton Wins the Texas Playoff Race in the Final Turn

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Harrison Burton passed Noah Gragson on the final turn of the last lap to punch is ticket to the next round of  the Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and went on to the win with seconds to spare. Gragson took the lead on the final restart but Burton, who spun earlier in the race, chased him down and scored his third win of the season.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 8:43 PM, 10.24.2020

Joey Logano Holds Off Kevin Harvick to Win at Kansas and Punch his Ticket to the Final 4

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano held off the season’s biggest winner to win the NASCAR Cup playoff race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Logano used every bit of the track Sunday to hold off the winningest driver this season, Logano took the checkered flag on a cold, blustery Sunday to secure a spot in the championship round of the playoffs. Harvick was followed across by Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski as postseason contenders swept the top four spots in the opener of the round of eight.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 7:21 PM, 10.18.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins Xfinity Race at Kansas and Punches his Ticket to the Final Four

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – The most dominant driver in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series continues to rack up wins.  Chase Briscoe collected his series-high ninth win of the season Saturday night at Kansas Speedway and earned a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix. Briscoe dominated, leading 159 of the 200 laps.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 12:01 AM, 10.18.2020

Chase Elliott Wins on the Roval to Advance to the Next Round

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott Seems to have a knack for road racing.  Elliott won the NASCAR Cup Bank of America 400 race for the second straight year and won convincingly.  In other news, defending Cup champion Kyle Busch no longer can defend his championship.  He did not make it into the final eight vying for the crown this year.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 7:36 PM, 10.11.2020

A.J. Allmendinger Wins at Charlotte Roval in the Rain

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Road racing ace A.J. Allmendinger won the road race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval course on Saturday, in the NASCAR Xfinity series playoff elimination race. . It was raining, sometimes pouring, it was dark, and it was quite a spectacle.  Allmendinger avoided spinning cars and kept his car on track during a driving rain to win Saturday’s Xfinity playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 PM, 10.10.2020

Hamlin Wins Seventh Race by Surviving Talladega's Carnage

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – It took three overtimes and a lot of bent race cars, but in the end, Denny Hamlin won his seventh NASCAR Cup race of 2020 by holding off Matt DiBenedetto in a wild run to the finish.  It was the longest race ever run at Talladega Superspeedway, 532 miles.  Later NASCAR said they had determined that while racing   After the race, NASCAR penalized the driver of the No. 21 Ford for racing below the out of bounds line.  He official finishing position was in 21st place (agate below). It was the 44th career victory for Hamlin.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 8:51 PM, 10.04.2020

Justin Haley Charges from 10th Place to Win at the Talladega Xfinity Playoff Race

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Justin Haley charged from 10th place to win the Ag-Pro 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race Saturday afternoon.  It is Haley’s third consecutive superspeedway win. He won at Talladega in June and at Daytona in August. Only Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had won three consecutive Xfinity races on superspeedways.

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 7:49 PM, 10.03.2020

Lessard Gives KBM First 2020 Win in Talladega Thriller

(TALLADEGA, AL - OCT 3, 2020 - RIS) Raphael Lessard got a hard shove from Chandler Smith on the last lap of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race to give the young Canadian the win in his first start at Talladega and Kyle Busch Racing's first win in 2020.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 4:37 PM, 10.03.2020

2021 NASCAR Schedule Brings Changes

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Schedule brings many changes to the series.  Some tracks have lost races or even a place on the schedule.  New tracks have been added and some will only have one race next year.  The official schedule is listed below.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 09.30.2020

Kurt Busch Finally Wins a Las Vegas Cup Race

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – After 21 tries, Kurt Busch is a winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the South Point 400 NASCAR Cup race.  Busch held off a racy Matt DiBenedetto in overtime for his first win of the 2020 season. It was Busch’s first win at his home track.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:27 PM, 09.27.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins at Las Vegas for the Second Time in 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV – Chase Briscoe more than dominated the ALSCO 300 Xfinity Series Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Briscoe led 164 of the 200 laps to win in the Xfinity Series for the second straight week. The triumph was also his second consecutive win at the 1.5-mile Nevada track, giving him an even 10 wins for his Xfinity career.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:37 PM, 09.26.2020

Austin Hill Repeats At Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS, NV - SEP 25, 2020 - RIS) Austin Hill goes back to Victory Lane at Las Vegas with his second win after winning the Fall race here last year. Sheldon Creed dominated the race until a late restart, when other traffic dropped him back and let Hill grab the lead.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 AM, 09.26.2020

Kevin Harvick Holds off Kyle Busch to Win Bristol's Night Race

BRISTOL, TN - RIS – Kevin Harvick held off a charging Kyle Busch and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Series NRA 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  It was his ninth win of the season.  Harvick held Busch at bay over the final 32 laps of Saturday night’s Bristol night race to get his ninth win of the season and keep Busch winless. The regular season champion has become the odds-on favorite to win it all, but Busch gave him all he wanted.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:40 PM, 09.19.2020

Chase Briscoe Wins at Bristol With Momentum for the Xfinity Playoffs

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Chase Briscoe won at Bristol Motor Speedway for his seventh win of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  Briscoe passed leader Austin Cindric with six laps to go and held on for the win.  Ross Chastain finished second and Cindric faded to third.  Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, Anthony Alfredo, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Jeb Burton and Riley Herbst rounded out the top 10 in order.

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 09.18.2020