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NASCAR 101: Here’s Why the Winner of the Daytona 500 Isn’t Leading the Point Standings

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Here’s a new one for you: Austin Dillon, Daytona 500 champion and the first victor of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, is not leading the Cup point standings entering Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. In fact, he’s not even second. Weird, right? Well, thank the Cup Series’ ever-changing points system, which really …

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NASCAR 101: Keeping Up with 2018 NASCAR Driver Changes

2018 Daytona Cup Bruce Nuttleman William Byron

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Whew. What an off-season, right? If you’ve been following the NASCAR scene, particularly its top three national series, since mid-November, it’s probably been tough to get a handle for all the changes coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck series in 2018. That can be equal parts exhilarating and tiring; …

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Entry List: NextEra Energy Resources 250

2017 Daytona I Cwts Spencer Gallagher Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

A grand total of 36 teams are listed on the preliminary entry list for the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway. With a surplus of trucks currently entered, four teams will go home after qualifying, barring any entry list changes. Unlike the NASCAR XFINITY Series …

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Brett Moffitt, Hattori Racing Enterprises Partner for 2018

2017 Atlanta Cwts Brett Moffitt Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Brett Moffitt is back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2018. The 25-year-old Moffitt will pilot Hattori Racing Enterprises’ No. 16 full-time in the series this year, the team announced Wednesday, Feb. 7. Moffitt returns to a team for which he drove one race in 2013 — Michigan International Speedway, at which he …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing Partner for 2018

2016 Cup Talladega Jeffrey Earnhardt Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

A few months after losing his ride for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Jeffrey Earnhardt has a spot in the Daytona 500. Earnhardt will pilot StarCom Racing’s No. 00 in the season-opening Daytona 500 and for the full season, the team announced Tuesday (Jan. 30). StarCom Racing, which debuted toward the end …

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Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports Partner for Daytona 500

2017 Atlanta Cup Danica Patrick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Danica Patrick and GoDaddy have found their match for the 2018 Daytona 500: Premium Motorsports. Patrick will drive for the Jay Robinson-owned team in what is currently planned as her final NASCAR start at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced Monday, Jan. 22. Her …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hangs It Up

Dale Earnhardt Jr

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

We knew it was coming. Everyone knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time, really. The latest iteration of the so-called old guard of NASCAR had begun to dissipate, its ranks transitioning into their 40s. These things happen. And yet, few might’ve expected April 25, 2017, to be the bombshell day of news …

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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2017, Revisited

2017 Indianapolis Cup Jimmie Johnson Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

NASCAR 101 dives into quite a few statistics-based stories throughout each season, with 2017 no exception. From pole winners to series debuts, drivers from outside the United States to the oldest drivers on the circuit, there’s plenty to talk about from February to November, much of which doesn’t even leave the cutting room floor. Instead …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2017?

15 February, 2016, Daytona Beach, Florida, Usa Brian Vickers (14) ©2016, John Harrelson / Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson /NKP)

Time for another game of sifting through the long list of NASCAR national series drivers who didn’t make an appearance in 2017! After beginning this series in 2015 and continuing in 2016, this space will again chronicle the list of competitors who ran in one of the three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, …

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