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Paul Menard Retiring from Full-Time Competition After 2019, Matt DiBenedetto to Drive No. 21 in 2020

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Matt DiBenedetto‘s unemployed status for 2020 didn’t last long, and it’s thanks in large part to Paul Menard. Wood Brothers Racing announced Tuesday (Sept. 10) that Menard is retiring from full-time competition at the end of 2019, with DiBenedetto taking over the No. 21 in the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The move comes …

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NASCAR 101: Can Kyle Busch Score 30 Top 10s in 2019?

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“But [Kyle] Busch could also be peaking too early. Because if history is any indication, his early-season strength could end up faltering down the line.” Man, I wonder what kind of idiot wrote that earlier this year. …oh. Right. In early May 2019, Kyle Busch was on a hot streak rivaling few others in Monster Energy …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s What NASCAR Changed With Cup Participation in Xfinity, Truck Series for 2020

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Much like the constant rules changes surrounding the annual Advance Auto Parts Clash in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, the regulations around who’s allowed to race in the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series continue to morph each year, and 2020 will be no different. What’s that, you say? You …

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Garrett Smithley, Contec Pair for Xfinity Charlotte Race

2019 Iowa Nxs Garrett Smithley Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Garrett Smithley has gained a new sponsor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Smithley will be sponsored by Contec, Inc., for the upcoming Xfinity event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Contec announced Monday, Aug. 19. According to Contec’s tweet about the partnership, Smithley will drive JD Motorsports with Gary Keller’s No. 4 at Charlotte. He’s …

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NASCAR 101: Other K&N Stalwarts Who Could Join Sam Mayer in the Truck Series (Or Beyond)

2019 Pocono Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Hailie Deegan

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The latest graduate of the K&N Pro Series to NASCAR’s national series is Sam Mayer, who made his Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut Thursday night, Aug. 15, at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mayer, 16, was announced in late 2018 as one of the drivers for GMS Racing’s Truck Series program in 2019. The catch? He wouldn’t …

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David Ragan Moving to Part-Time NASCAR Schedule After 2019

2019 Pocono Xfinity Zach Catanzareti David Ragan

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After the 2019 NASCAR season, David Ragan no longer plans to be a full-time driver in the sport. The driver and team Front Row Motorsports announced Wednesday (Aug. 14) that Ragan is stepping back from running full time after the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. “I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the 4 Drivers Making Their Xfinity Debuts at Mid-Ohio

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The standalone road course races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series tend to bring out intriguing one-offs, and this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is no different. The 38-car field for Saturday’s (Aug. 10) B&L Transport 170 includes numerous drivers hired for the race for their road course racing prowess. Some, like JD Motorsports with …

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NASCAR 101: Longest Cup Streaks Without a Pole

2019 Loudon Mencs Brad Keselowski Pole Award Getty Images Nascar Media

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Entering the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski had 14 poles to his credit — by no means a deplorable number. However, it came with a caveat. In 2018, Keselowski won no poles, and his last one before then came at the second Michigan International Speedway race of the season in 2017. …

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