NASCAR news roundup (1/16/21): Kevin James NASCAR sitcom announced, Noah Gragson to attempt Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 15: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/BRCC Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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NASCAR sitcom featuring Kevin James to premiere on Netflix

A new NASCAR sitcom, “The Crew,” will premiere on Netflix in February featuring Kevin James.

In the series, James acts as a Crew Chief for a fictional racing team. His goal is to lead the fictional team to wins and stop a new owner from modernizing the team. In addition to James, Sarah Stiles, Gary Anthony Williams, Freddie Stroma, and Dan Ahdoot star in the series.

According to, much of the racing footage was filmed at Michigan International Speedway during the NASCAR weekend this past August. The car featured in the series is a Spire Motorsports car.

The first episode of “The Crew” premieres on February 15th, the Monday after the 63rd Daytona 500.

Noah Gragson to attempt to make Cup Series debut in Daytona 500

According to reports, Noah Gragson will attempt to make his Cup Series debut with Beard Motorsports in the Daytona 500. Gragson, 22, will drive the No. 62 car, filling the ride of the newly retired Brendan Gaughan.

Beard Motorsports typically fields a car in Cup Series restrictor-plate races, but their intentions for the rest of 2021 are unclear. The team is unchartered, meaning Gragson will have to qualify the car into the Daytona 500.

Gragson’s going into his third full-time Xfinity Series season with JR Motorsports after winning twice in 2020. He’s also won twice in his career with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“I’m excited and humbled to have this opportunity with Beard Motorsports,” said Gragson. “As a young racer from Las Vegas, I had always dreamt of racing in the Daytona 500. I’m very appreciative of the faith the Beard family and Brendan have in me, and equally appreciative to JR Motorsports for allowing me to pull double duty and compete for them in the Xfinity Series and also Beard Motorsports while we’re down in Daytona.”