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NASCAR 101: Erik Jones’ Path From Here

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Erik Jones Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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For the first time, Erik Jones is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner. It took until the exact halfway point of the 2018 season, but Jones, who boasted multiple wins in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series prior to his Daytona International Speedway triumph, is the maiden first-time winner of the year, doing …

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NASCAR 101: Who Has the Most Poles in NASCAR Among Active Drivers?

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Ryan Newman Car John K Harrelson Nkp

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For the first time in 10 years, Paul Menard is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole winner. At Chicagoland Speedway last weekend, the driver of Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 parked his Ford at the front of the starting grid after emerging atop the scoring pylon after qualifying. Despite an eventual 13th-place finish (and …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the 4 Drivers Making Their Truck Debuts at Gateway

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It’s summertime, which means the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will occasionally split from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and run some races on its own here and there. The third-tier series’ latest Cup-less edition comes this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, and as expected, the race’s entry list is full of some interesting …

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NASCAR 101: The Best at Each Cup Track (Without a Win)

2018 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

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Last week, this space covered the NASCAR drivers who’ve won at the most tracks on the national series schedules. It was a largely Kyle Busch-dominated affair — and with good reason; after all, he’s won at all tracks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has competed on to date, with the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval …

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NASCAR Reveals 2019 XFINITY, Truck Series Schedules

#7: Justin Allgaier, Jr Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Breyers 2in1 Nascar Xfinity Series

Justin Allgaier (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The schedules for the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY and Gander Outdoors Truck series seasons are here. NASCAR released the schedules for both series Wednesday (June 13), and if you’ve been following along with the series in 2018, not much will have changed. In fact, the XFINITY schedule is intact from 2018, while the Truck Series’ only …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Who Have Won at the Most Tracks, 2018 Edition

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#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Red White & Blue wins

When Kyle Busch exited Charlotte Motor Speedway victorious in the Coca-Cola 600, it not only gave the driver of the No. 18 a victory in one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ crown jewel events that had long eluded him. It also meant he was finally a Charlotte winner. That’s important because prior to …

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NASCAR 101: Kevin Harvick & the Quest for 10 (At Least!) Wins

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Guess it’s time to start reckoning with Kevin Harvick‘s 2018 season as a potential part of NASCAR history. The veteran’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season pre-All-Star break has been nothing short of spellbinding. Entering this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he’s won two straight races — three if you count his All-Star …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s How the All-Star Race Works This Year

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Look, I get it: you don’t know every little rule for this year’s All-Star Race. It’s not like they’re easy to remember. Sure, there were little alterations to the format here and there in the early days of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ annual all-star event, but these days, it can be tough to …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Winners, 10 Races

2018 Xfinity Bristol Zach Catanzareti Ryan Preece

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10 races, 10 winners. That’s the case thus far in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season as the field begins its two-week break following last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Each race in 2018 has seen a different winner in Victory Lane, a combination of series regulars and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ringers …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Adds 6-Race Sponsorship from World Wide Technology

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Darrell Wallace Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Darrell Wallace Jr. and Richard Petty Motorsports have filled out six more races of sponsorship for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The team announced Tuesday (May 1) that World Wide Technology will adorn Wallace’s No. 43 for six races in 2018. As part of the partnership, the company has been named the …

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Friday Faceoff: Who is the Best Restrictor Plate Driver in the Field?

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Kyle Busch’s win this past weekend at Richmond Raceway made it three in a row for him and the No. 18 team. This comes on the heels of Kevin Harvick’s three wins in a row. Will we see one of these drivers, or somebody else, win three in a row this season? Wesley Coburn: If anyone, …

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NASCAR 101: Kyle Busch & the 4-Race Cup Winning Streak

2018 Kyle Busch Richmond Cup Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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For the 49th time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history, a driver has won at least three races in a row. That’s not meant to diminish the accomplishments of Kyle Busch, who is now on a three-race winning streak after pacing the field at Richmond Raceway. Instead, it’s worth pointing out the amount of …

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