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Though 2020 brought a new slate of challenges and obstacles for NASCAR’s teams, drivers and media outlets, there were still 36 races run and countless moments captured by the sport’s photographers.
Kickin’ The Tires managed to cover 34 of the 36 NASCAR Cup Series races this year, capturing thousands of photos in what was NASCAR’s strangest season. Below is the top 10 photos taken from KTT in 2020.
(Photos by Zach Catanzareti & Jerry Jordan, Kickin’ The Tires)
#10 – Tyler Reddick, Pocono
Tyler Reddick makes a pit stop during the Pocono 350 from Pocono Raceway. Photo taken from the press box by Zach Catanzareti on June 28, 2020.
#9 – All-Star Race, Bristol
A night of history. The cars approach the green flag for the inaugural running of the NASCAR All-Star Race from Bristol Motor Speedway. Highlighted — literally — by the debut of the “underglow” on each racecar, the race was also the most attended sporting event at the time during the pandemic. Taken by Zach Catanzareti on July 15, 2020.
#8 – Race Start, Dover
The field approaches the green flag for the Drydene 311 Race No. 2 from Dover International Speedway. The race weekend was held without fans in attendance, as this photo illustrates. Photo taken at Zach Catanzareti on August 23, 2020.
#7 – Joe Gibbs Racing, Daytona
Joe Gibbs Racing drafts during the Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway. Denny Hamlin leads teammates Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Erik Jones. Photo taken by Zach Catanzareti on February 17, 2020.
#6 – A Presidential Lap, Daytona
In front of a sold-out crowd, President Donald Trump completes a lap aboard the presidential motercade before the running of the Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway. Photo taken by Zach Catanzareti on February 16, 2020.
#5 – Ryan Newman Crash, Daytona
Ryan Newman catapults into the air after contact from Corey LaJoie. The No. 6 car crashed from the lead coming to the checkered flag of the Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway. Newman was released from hospital care two days later while LaJoie was unscathed. Photo taken by Jerry Jordan on February 17, 2020.
#4 – Austin Dillon, Texas
Austin Dillon crosses the checkered flag ahead of Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway. Photo taken by Jerry Jordan on July 19, 2020.
#3 – Noah Gragson, Daytona
The No. 9 Chevrolet of Noah Gragson celebrates after scoring his first career Xfinity Series win at Daytona International Speedway. A JR Motorsports crew member snaps a photo during the burnouts. Photo taken by Zach Catanzareti on February 15, 2020.
#2 – Pre-Race Speech, Daytona
Drivers (from left) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney watch on as President Donald Trump gives a pre-race speech before the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway. Photo taken by Zach Catanzareti on February 16, 2020.
#1 – Jimmie Johnson, Phoenix
Jimmie Johnson waves to the fans following his final race aboard his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson finished fifth that day at Phoenix Raceway, closing out a Hall-of-Fame career. Photo taken by Zach Catanzareti on November 8, 2020.