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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Aric Almirola

#10: Aric Almirola, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield Bacon For Life, Celebrates After Winning In Talladega.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Swapping Danica Patrick for Aric Almirola was always going to be a step up for Stewart-Haas Racing, but few — including the team or even Almirola himself — could’ve anticipated something like this. In February, Almirola strapped into SHR’s No. 10, a car that had seen diminishing returns since its inception, with Patrick landing no …

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Kurt Busch Joins Chip Ganassi Racing for 2019 Cup Season

2018 Charlotte Roval Cup Zach Catanzareti Kurt Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kurt Busch has a new home: Chip Ganassi Racing. The former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will drive the No. 1 for CGR in the series in 2019, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 4. The move had been rumored for months, especially once it was revealed that Jamie McMurray, the driver of the No. …

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Kurt Busch Leaves Stewart-Haas Racing

2018 Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kurt Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

While Kurt Busch’s whereabouts for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season are still unknown, one thing’s for certain: he won’t be back at Stewart-Haas Racing. The former Cup champion tweeted Sunday, Dec. 2, that he’ll be departing SHR and the No. 41 ride, following five seasons with the team. “I would like to …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2018?

Nascar Xfinity Series Drive For The Cure 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Nc Friday 6 October 2017 Sam Hornish Jr, Ppg Ford Mustang World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Things seemed bleak this time last year in NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was about to run what was scheduled to be his final NASCAR race as a full-time driver, and no one was quite sure if Matt Kenseth would ever slide into the driver’s seat in a national series again or not. Sure, Earnhardt had …

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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2018, Revisited

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Autotrader Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In November 2017, this space revisited its topics from the entirety of the NASCAR season up to that point, analyzing particularly some of the guesswork and predictions and seeing if any of them held true, if records were broken and so on. Well, it’s November, and if it ain’t broke, don’t write the 100th story …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Longest Active Careers in the Cup Series

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Old Guy Matt Kenseth does not have the longest current Cup career (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Though he’s known these days more for his role on TV broadcasts, Hermie Sadler continues a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career that dates back over two decades this weekend when he steps into Premium Motorsports’ No. 7 car at Martinsville Speedway. Sadler, brother of multi-time NASCAR winner and XFINITY Series regular Elliott Sadler (well, …

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NASCAR 101: 5 K&N & ARCA Drivers Who Could (Or Should!) Make Their National Series Debuts This Year

Nascar K&n Pro Series East

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR’s national series roster got just a little bigger this week thanks to a pair of announcements regarding driver debuts at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. Tyler Ankrum will make his series debut with DGR-Crosley in the team’s No. 54, while Chase Purdy will attempt to make his first Truck Series race …

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NASCAR 101: Kasey Kahne’s Most Impressive NASCAR Stat

Kasey Kahne And Erik Jones Charlotte Finish Trucks 2015 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Kasey Kahne may have driven in his final NASCAR race. As with many of these statistics, the key word here is may. At the end of 2018, the 38-year-old is retiring from a decade-and-a-half-long career in NASCAR’s national series in order to compete on the sprint car level, and generally enjoy not having to run a …

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Kasey Kahne Done for 2018 Season

Kasey Kahne

(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

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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

2018 Atlanta Zach Catanzareti Aj Allmendinger Cup

(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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