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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best & Worst Since Its Return

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kevin Harvick Martin Truex Jr.

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For the first time since its extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NASCAR Cup Series is currently in the midst of its first week-long break from racing. Starting with its return at Darlington Raceway last month, the series embarked on a frenetically paced schedule during which drivers generally had no more than three …

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NASCAR 101: Who’ll Benefit Most from Doubling Up at Darlington & Charlotte?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Gonna get back into the swing of things here with some good ol’ hypotheticals. Hooray! One of the craziest aspects of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule the next two weeks as the sport visits a pair of classic tracks — Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway — twice each. Rather than four races at four …

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NASCAR Xfinity & Truck Fields Temporarily Expanded to 40

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Field sizes in the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck series will be temporarily expanded to 40 teams, bringing both in line with the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR announced Monday, May 11. The move from 36 and 32 entries in the Xfinity and Truck series, respectively, is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing …

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Matt Kenseth Replacing Kyle Larson in Cup No. 42

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Matt Kenseth will return to the NASCAR Cup Series once the sport returns from its hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, replacing Kyle Larson in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42, CGR announced today, April 27. Kenseth replaces Larson after the former driver of the No. 42 was released for saying a racial slur on an …

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IndyCar Cancels All Races Through April

Tony Kanaan 2019 Firestone Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg

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The NTT IndyCar Series will not race until May at the earliest, INDYCAR announced Friday, March 13. The news follows initial indications that the series would race this weekend at St. Petersburg, albeit without spectators. In addition to the cancellation of St. Petersburg, the series will also not race at Long Beach, Birmingham or Austin, …

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Formula 1 Postpones Bahrain, Vietnam; Season Now Starting in May

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Nico Rosberg at the Bahrain GP (credit: Getty Images)

After the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix and yesterday’s cancellation of the grand prix in Australia, Formula 1 has also postponed the Bahrain and Vietnam grand prix, the organization announced Friday, March 13. As a result, the F1 season is currently tentatively scheduled to begin in May. “Following the announcement of the Australian Grand …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the Drivers Participating in the Kyle Busch Truck Series Bounty (So Far)


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This weekend’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race marks the first event at which drivers can potentially claim the $100,000 bounty on Kyle Busch set by Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis. For those who need a refresher: the bounty applies to full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers racing in the upcoming …

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Homestead-Miami NASCAR Races May Be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

2019 Homestead Nxs Justin Allgaier Car Cck

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The March 22 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway may be postponed due to concerns around COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, Miami-Dade County officials announced Thursday, March 12. The county’s mayor, Carlos Gimenez, issued a statement Thursday announcing that the county is under a state of emergency. “Although we do not have community spread …

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McLaren Withdraws from Formula 1 Season Opener After Positive Coronavirus Test

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McLaren will not compete in the season-opening Formula 1 race, the Australian Grand Prix, after one of its team members tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday, March 12. “The team has prepared for this eventuality and has ongoing support in place for its employee who will now enter a period of quarantine,” the …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Debuts Off to Strongest Start in 6 Years


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The NASCAR Cup Series has a variety of rookies and newcomers counted as part of its ranks in 2020, but it’s not the only national series experiencing an influx of new blood. In the first three races of the Xfinity Series season alone, each event has featured at least one driver making his debut. And …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers With Starts in Parts of 4 (or More) Decades

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Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP

With the 2020 NASCAR season now underway, any driver who competed at Daytona International Speedway last weekend can officially say they’ve competed in a NASCAR race in the 2020s. This season marks the first in a new decade for NASCAR, officially leaving the 2010s in the dust. The ’10s saw a sizable number of drivers …

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Ross Chastain Filling In for Ryan Newman in Cup Series

Ross Chastain prepares for a NASCAR race, 2019. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ross Chastain will drive the No. 6 in the NASCAR Cup Series in place of Ryan Newman beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday, Feb. 19. “First and foremost, our focus remains with Ryan and his family as he continues to recover,” Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said in …

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