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Daniel Hemric Joins Joe Gibbs Racing in Xfinity for 2021

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Daniel Hemric will drive the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, JGR announced Nov. 12 Hemric replaces Riley Herbst, who has not yet announced his plans for the season. In 2020, Hemric competed part time for JR Motorsports in the series in its No. 8. In …

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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2020, Revisited

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For the fourth year in a row, the final NASCAR 101 before the NASCAR season finale takes a look back at the columns written here throughout the year to see if any updates to the storylines tackled are warranted. It’s a bit of an odd one this year, given the lack of columns for a multi-week …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2020?

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This is the sixth year this column has tackled the roster of drivers who didn’t race in at least one of NASCAR’s three national series in 2020, and somehow the list seems longer this year. That’s probably due in part to the ever-present elephant in the room, the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only were multiple drivers’ …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Drive 1 Xfinity Race in 2021, Unilever Re-Ups With JR Motorsports

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run at least one NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2021, as Unilever announced an extension of its sponsorship of JR Motorsports Oct. 27 that includes the stipulation that it’ll sponsor Earnhardt in one race. It will mark the fourth straight season in which Earnhardt will drive in one event for his …

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Josh Berry Running Part Time for JR Motorsports in Xfinity in 2021

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Josh Berry will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, driving the No. 8 for JR Motorsports, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced on SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel on Oct. 22. Berry will compete in 12 races for the team, all coming in the first half of the season. Sam Mayer is scheduled to drive …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Racing Women of the Last Decade

2019 Madison Arca Hailie Deegan Face Jay Alley

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In this weekend’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, Hailie Deegan becomes the latest in a line of women to race in NASCAR’s national series. Deegan, a full-time competitor in the ARCA Menards Series in 2020 for DGR-Crosley, will strap into DGR’s No. 17, making her Truck debut. She’s not …

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Brandon Jones Returning to Joe Gibbs Racing in Xfinity in 2021

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For the fourth straight season, Brandon Jones will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Jones will drive for the team in 2021, JGR announced today, Oct. 13. He will return to the No. 19 he’s driven in 2018, 2019 and 2020. We are excited to welcome @BrandonJonesRac back for the 2021 …

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Natalie Decker Cleared to Return to Racing

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After missing two races due to a medical condition, Natalie Decker has been cleared to return to competition in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, she tweeted Oct. 10. Decker will drive for Niece Motorsports in two more races this season, at Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, in the No. 44. She …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity, Truck Debuts May End Up the Worst They’ve Ever Been in 2020

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The day is March 6, 2020. This column posits that the NASCAR Xfinity Series is off to its best start in six years when it comes to debuting drivers, thanks to an influx of newcomers that saw six racers make their first Xfinity starts in the first four races of the 2020 season. “…it’s a …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s What Changes on the 2021 Cup Schedule

NASCAR action at Chicagoland Speedway, 2019. Photo: NKP

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 schedule is here, and if you’ve been a vocal advocate for change in the series the last few years, you should check this one out. Is it a wholesale upending of the status quo? No. Are there still some problems folks are probably debating on social media as we speak? …

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NASCAR 101: Most Wins in a Cup Season in the Modern Era

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With nine wins in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season after his Bristol Motor Speedway victory last weekend, Kevin Harvick stands at the precipice of accomplishing something no driver has in well over a decade: a win column that breaks into the double digits. And with the way 2020 has gone for Harvick and the …

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Denny Hamlin & Michael Jordan Starting Cup Team, Bubba Wallace to Drive

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Bubba Wallace has found a home for 2021, thanks to Denny Hamlin. And Michael Jordan. Wallace will drive for a newly formed Cup team owned by Hamlin and basketball legend Jordan in 2021, Hamlin announced Sept. 21. The single-car Cup team does not currently have a number or make announced. Sponsorship has also not been …

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