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So, here we are! 2021 is on the horizon and it's time for all the teams to start preparing for the brand new season of Big Win Cup Series racing. 2020 was an incredible year which saw an impressive 20 different drivers take victories. The fact that half the field managed to take the chequered flag over the course of 26 races made this one of the most competitive seasons we've ever seen. The brand new edition of the Playoffs didn't disappoint (one thing we have over real NASCAR), with the final four scrapping throughout the final laps of the Championship decider at Phoenix, but we'll tell you who the champion was later.
Anyway, to business. In this showroom I'll be updating all of the cars, teams and drivers in preparation for the new season, as well as providing you with a season recap below, just to get you caught up to speed. 40 Drivers, 16 Teams, 3 Manufacturers, 26 Races, and 1 will rise to the top to be crowned the champion of the best stock-car competition on NR2003, all of which you'll find being broadcasted on the FMZak channel throughout the season.
Welcome, to the NASCAR Big Win Cup Series.
Zak Cronin, Big Win Cup Series CEO
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Season Recap
2020 was the biggest season in Big Win Cup Series history (if the first post didn't sell that point to you), so here I am once more to type all about what happened over 26 races as we battled to crown a champion.
The classic Big Win 500 provided a spectacular curtain-raiser at Daytona (where else?) for the new season, which was a clean fast race, with no cautions and 13 lead changes over the 20 laps. This race saw Austin Anthony lead only 3 laps, but he lead the all important final lap, putting the #8 Sea Stars Pontiac in Victory Lane, the perfect way to kick off his year. This form continued right into the next round, the Kaly Cola 500 at Auto Club, only this time he was a lot more dominant, leading 13 laps on the way to victory. These two wins put him ahead by 95 points, a lead he would have to keep up if he wanted to win the Regular Season Championship (yeah, we have one of those too! See how much stuff we can steal from actual NASCAR these days?). Unfortunately for Austin, all good things must come to an end, as he drove to a 16th place finish in the Sea Stars 500 at Atlanta, a race in which Charlie Carl's defensive driving knew no bounds, wheeling his #22 HI! Cellular Network Chevy to lead 17 of the 27 laps. Crushingly for Carl, he was passed in the final corner by Enrique Cisneros, who took victory, and in doing so, became the first Frenchman to win a Big Win Cup Series race.
Bristol was one of two tracks in 2020 to host two races, and that's where the series went for round four of the championship. The Trojan Tyres 500 was an intense contest of speed, in which a calm and calculated drive through two cautions saw Leo Landers lead all 50 laps, albeit with severe pressure from both the previous race winners. We saw another dominant run from Trish Stevens, bringing Ford their first victory of the season, taking the victory at Homestead in the Pit Stop Hotels 400. Her next victory at Dover was also dominant in this same manner, except for the fact that she won at Homestead by two seconds over Connor Ratliff, whereas at Dover the race went all the way to the final corner; Jon Mexico and Asher Pace both tried to pass her in a three wide race on the final lap.
The Diet Kaly Cola 600 at Charlotte is of course one of the more prestigious events on the calendar, and this year it was won by Dax Koen, who pushed his #1 Hothead Games Chevrolet into the lead and never looked back, taking his first victory of the season. Another shutout victory followed at Pocono, with Marshall Lemieux took his first ever career win at the Bannister's Bakery 400. So halfway through the regular season, we had 6 different winners all locked into the playoffs.
A new championship leader emerged at the Thunder Bagels 500 at Michigan, in which Connor Ratliff drove his #95 Thunder Bagels Ford to his first win of 2020, and thanks to his earlier consistency, became the new front runner in the points standings, as well as locking himself into the postseason. Heading to the first road course race of the season at Sonoma, we believed we were in for a treat of a race. This was not the case, as two cautions one after the other allowed Felipe Moreno to pull away from his closest challengers and take the win. There are currently talks taking place to replace Sonoma on the 2021 calendar, with tracks such as Nashville and Road America currently the early front runners as replacements. We were finally treated to a more exciting show again at the Bateria Batteries 400 at Chicagoland, which has a track record for producing close finishes, and we got one, with Ricky Woods holding off BJ Nowakowski to win by 0.24 seconds.
The series came to the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis for the first time, and it was Charlie Carl who finally got over his Atlanta heartbreak to take the victory at the Brickyard, passing Annie Brie in the early phase of the race to earn glory. Kyle Graves earned his first win of the season in the Chicken Garden 400 at Kentucky, passing Thomas Denney with ten laps to go and holding off a late charge from Gary Gus and Austin Anthony. With three rounds remaining until the playoffs, 11 drivers had been locked in through victory.
So going into the Sandy Bleach 301 at New Hampshire, a masterclass of a drive from Asher Pace saw him win a shutout, leading all 31 laps on his way to victory. The second road course race at Watkins Glen saw Timmy Snodgrass' incredible start, passing both Paul Buck and Charlie Carl on the opening lap and holding off both for 9 laps to become the 13 winner of the season. With one race left until the playoffs, Connor Ratliff ran 97 points ahead of Leo Landers, and on the verge of the points championship, while Cole Mata, Nesto Santiago and Larry Leroux all going for the final 3 places in the playoffs. If a 14th winner emerged, one wouldn't make it. The final race of the regular season, the Piston Soda 400 at Daytona, saw just what Leroux didn't want; Jon Mexico taking the victory after starting in last place, with a 10th place finish not enough to propel Leroux into the playoffs. Mata and Santiago were safe, and the playoffs were set to begin.
Darlington was a glamorous affair, opening the playoffs for the first time, and it was Giovanni Spagnoli who took his first win at the Sanchez Tanning 500, with the Italian leading all 37 laps to tame 'The Lady in Black', with Jon Mexico getting off to the best start of his playoff run finishing 2nd. Ricky Fernandez took his first career victory at Richmond, with the inconsistent but fan-favourite Sanchez Tanning team finally emerging as race winners in their 142nd start as a team. Finally, the Top Gear Coffee Night Race caused drama which saw BJ Nowakowski took a shutout victory. At the end of the Round of 16, Enrique Cisneros, Asher Pace, Felipe Moreno, and surprisingly, just three races after becoming the Regular Season Champion, Connor Ratliff's last place finish at Bristol saw him eliminated from the Round, with Austin Anthony and Nesto Santiago surviving the Bristol chaos to fight another day.
So the Round of 12 got underway, with Las Vegas, the Charlotte Roval, and the track infamous for creating Playoff drama, Talladega, all looming over our twelve drivers. The Deep Blue Seafood 400 saw Asher Pace take his second victory of the season, albeit one race too late to save his Playoff run. The Charlotte Roval held the third and final road course race of the season, with Thomas Denney taking his first victory of the year. All the drama saw Austin Anthony finish 23rd and 39th respectively. With all odds against him, he needed to win to keep his title hopes alive.
So Talladega did what it did best, and having started from 8th on the grid, Austin Anthony overcame the struggle of the previous two races, leaving it all the way until the last moment, passing Brady Holley in the tri-oval to snatch his third victory of the season, and we all know the rule: You win, you're in, so the #8 Sea Stars Pontiac team, and their three-time winner, moved on to the Round of 8, leaving Ricky Woods, Jon Mexico, Trish Stevens and Dax Koen behind, but Anthony's win was a heartbreaking moment for both Stevens and Koen, who were booted out of the top 8 in favour of Anthony for the win, and for Nesto Santiago who claimed a good enough finish to move on. So 8 drivers fought on, with the Championship race at Phoenix just 3 races away.
The series came to Kansas for the 23rd round of the season, and it proved to be an exciting one, with Paul Buck leading all but one lap en route to his first win of the season, but having to defend from Annie Brie and Austin Anthony in order to win. The lone state produced a tense race, with Dax Koen winning his second race of 2020, but heartbreak was a factor for Kyle Graves, who came so close to punching his ticket into the final four but having to settle for third on the day. One driver who was definitely suffering at the foot of the playoff standings was Cole Mata, whose position plummeted after 34th and 22nd finishes. No two ways about it, he needed a miracle.
And we got a spectacle for the penultimate race of the season: The Spoon World 500 at Martinsville. With all four places still on the line, and poor qualifying from multiple championship runners such as Charlie Carl and Timmy Snodgrass, we were in for a real rollercoaster of a race. And that's exactly what we got. After 50 laps, 2 cautions and 3 lead changes, Jon Mexico's aggressive short track style earned him the win ahead of Ricky Woods and Enrique Cisneros. Cole Mata ran up front all day, but a fourth place finish wasn't enough to push him into fourth, consoling himself with a fifth place finish at the end of the round, with Charlie Carl, Leo Landers and Marshall Lemieux joining him in the drop zone.
So we're finally here, the last round, the decider at Phoenix. The remaining drivers all knew the drill: first over the line wins the championship. The four contenders: Timmy Snodgrass, who had been consistent throughout the playoffs; Kyle Graves, who finished halfway up the playoff standings in the Round of 16 and worked his way up to 2nd by Phoenix; Austin Anthony, who had had the most dramatic season with the most wins so far, and Nesto Santiago, who had squeezed through every round and was vying to become the first non-American champion of the Big Win Cup Series.
So, the race was hotly contested by our four finalists. Santiago started third, but got an incredible start just behind polesitter Snodgrass, and when the leader moved down low to cover off Kyle Graves, Nesto gained an incredible run and seized the lead. Graves battled Snodgrass throughout the race with Austin Anthony running fourth after starting seventh, always looking for an opening. Santiago's lead stretched to two seconds by the halfway mark, but his rivals quickly closed down, pulling it down to less than a tenth of a second by lap 25. This is where we saw the Spaniard's defensive skills come to the fore. The #81 Bateria Batteries Chevy made plenty of moves, but Santiago got the lead every single time, and he wouldn't relinquish first place all the way to the checkered flag. The battle was over. From 16th seed to perhaps one of the biggest wins in the history of the competition, Nesto Santiago became the 2020 NASCAR Big Win Cup Series Champion. You can see his championship burnout here:

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Thanks for reading this! This took multiple hours and a lot of memory bank searching but I did it. Now I have the 2020 season remembered forever. If you did read it all, I thank but also slightly question your sanity. I'll be dropping the first team for 2021 and their bios too, so stick around!
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Alrighty, here we go. We have the first reveal for the 2021 season.

AI8 Motorsports
This single car team had a relatively poor season in 2020, only finishing in the top 10 5 times over the course of the 26-race season, their best finish being a 5th place at Sonoma. With Harry Hunter now going into his sixth season in the division, they'll be hoping for that extra push in order to propel them to a race win in 2021.

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The first four car team has been revealed. Welcome to Benekiston Motorsports.

Benekiston Motorsports
There are only three Pontiac teams in the Cup Series, and Benekiston are second only to the Larry Lemieux Racing outfit. The group had a good season last year, with half their cars making the playoffs and three of their cars taking victory. However, their postseason quickly fell apart, with Leo Lander's 2nd in the points championship and being eliminated in the Round of 8, and Enrique Cisneros having perhaps the worst opening round to the playoffs ever seen. This year, they look to fight back, retaining their lineup of Giovanni Spagnoli (#16 Top Gear Coffee Pontiac), Enrique Cisneros (#84 Spoon World Pontiac), Ethan Nava (#92 Tong's Chocolates Pontiac) and Leo Landers (#97 Manderson's Sporting Goods Pontiac).
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