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Kasey Kahne Done for 2018 Season

2017 Kansas II CUP Kasey Kahne Russell LaBointy NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Kasey Kahne‘s retirement from NASCAR competition is coming earlier than expected. The driver of Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series announced today (Oct. 9) that he is not medically cleared to drive in the remainder of the 2018 season. He had planned to retire from full-time competition after 2018, …

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NASCAR 101: What’s the Latest for Silly Season 2019?

Daniel Suarez 2018 MENCS Cup Series, Sonoma

(Photo: Danny Peters)

Every week, it seems like there’s a new development in Silly Season for 2019. AJ Allmendinger‘s out, Noah Gragson‘s in, Jamie McMurray‘s out, Daniel Suarez is… uh, somewhere? Maybe? It’s enough to keep your head spinning for the duration of the 2018 playoffs. Never in recent memory has a Silly Season been this, well, silly. …

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AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing Parting Ways After 2018

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

AJ Allmendinger will not return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2019. Despite reportedly having two seasons left on his contract, the driver of the No. 47 for the team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will move elsewhere next year, the team announced Tuesday, Sept. 25. “AJ Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to …

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NASCAR 101: Other Drivers Who’ve Come Out of Retirement to Race Again

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 18 February 2018 Dale Earnhardt Jr on the Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro pit box World Copyright: Barry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

One of the many things we’ve learned about NASCAR in 2018: take any — any! — retirement announcements with a grain of salt. Or, you know, at least really read the fine print. Throughout 2018, multiple drivers have announced their retirement from full-time competition, such as Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne. The key word there, …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Most Likely to Progress Out of the Cup Playoffs’ First Round?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, which begin this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, marks the fifth time in which the series has employed an elimination-based format to help decide its champion at the end of the season. Starting in 2014, the series cooked up different rounds throughout the playoffs that eliminated …

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Furniture Row Racing to Close at End of 2018 Season

Martin Truex Jr. - Darlington 2017

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Furniture Row Racing will close at the end of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The championship-winning team announced Tuesday (Sept. 4) in a statement that it will cease to exist at the end of the season, shuttering its No. 78 team driven by Martin Truex Jr. “This is not good for anybody,” …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the 2018 Darlington Throwback Schemes

Brad Keselowski - Darlington 2017

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR is back at Darlington Raceway, and that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, multiple things. Including throwbacks! The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series take to the track this weekend at Darlington, and many of the teams entered will sport paint schemes that recall bygone eras of NASCAR. Some of those are …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s How the XFINITY & Truck Series Fields, Points Are Changing Next Year

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Six years ago, the landscape of the NASCAR XFINITY Series was quite different. For one thing, the series wasn’t called that. The naming rights were then awarded to Nationwide, which held its sponsorship until 2015, when XFINITY came aboard. Back then, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver involvement was in no way curtailed, with drivers …

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Front Row Motorsports Wins Bidding for BK Racing Assets

2018 Las Vegas I CUP Gray Gaulding car John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Front Row Motorsports has won the bidding for the assets of BK Racing, it was announced Tuesday morning (Aug. 21) at the U.S. bankruptcy court hearing for the team’s sale approval hearing. According to ESPN, FRM, which fields two full-time teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will take over BK’s assets, pending approval …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Over for Kasey Kahne at Leavine Family Racing

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA USA Sunday 25 February 2018 Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Procore Habitat for Humanity Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

The latest Silly Season domino to fall occurred earlier today (Aug. 16), when Kasey Kahne announced he will step away from full-time NASCAR racing at the end of the 2018 season. Kahne, 38, tweeted that racing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and beyond “was just something that I couldn’t commit …

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NASCAR 101: All Right, Chase Elliott Won — Who’s Next?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Chase Elliott finally pulled into Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last weekend at Watkins Glen International, it checked off a few boxes. First, Elliott’s maiden win, which had been awaited since he broke into the series full-time in 2016. Then there was his nearly 100-race losing streak, one that’s quite …

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NASCAR 101: Most NASCAR Cup Series Starts, Active Drivers

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last weekend, Jimmie Johnson completed his 600th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, dating back to his first start in 2001. That includes an extraordinarily long consecutive starts streak, 597 entering this weekend at Watkins Glen International, that stands among some of the series’ best (though far from its all-time best). With a …

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