EP 2109: Nate Ryan, Chris Knight

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EP 2109: Nate Ryan, Chris Knight
February 24, 2021
Another race, another first-time winner and the playoff battle is already heating up! Brett McMillan is joined by NBC’s Nate Ryan and Chris Knight of Catchfence.com to discuss Christopher Bell’s victory at Daytona and look ahead to the first “real” race of 2021. With two playoff slots already taken, could one of NASCAR’s biggest stars get left out of the playoff field? Also, our panel digs into the penalty handed down to Chip Ganassi Racing and whether NASCAR’s decision to throw the yellow flag for rain was the right call considering its impact on the race.
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