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Matt Crafton Conquers Eldora, Wins 1st Race of 2017 Truck Season

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Every time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Eldora Speedway, there’s talk of dirt track specialists, dirt track specialists and more dirt track specialists. But sometimes, the regulars prevail, too. Just ask Matt Crafton. In Wednesday night’s (July 19) Eldora Dirt Derby 150, the fifth held at the Ohio dirt track in the …

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Matt Kenseth: ‘As of Today, I Do Not Have a Job for Next Year’

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth could be back in a car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He could not be. Right now, he’s not so sure. In a press conference at Kentucky Speedway Friday (July 7), Kenseth addressed his status for 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing, telling reporters he didn’t know what the future held. “I’m …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Who’ve Won in All 3 NASCAR National Series

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A triple-header weekend in NASCAR generally means we have to address at least one elephant in the room, one that decides to take it upon him or herself to run all three races in one weekend. Unsurprisingly, this weekend’s racing at Kentucky Speedway is no different. Kyle Busch will compete in all three national series …

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Brennan Poole Scores Daytona XFINITY Pole

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If Brennan Poole‘s looking to get his first career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, he’s off to a good start. The driver of the No. 48 won the pole for Friday’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, turning a lap of 182.949 mph in the final round of qualifying. Poole will be …

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Jeb Burton, Ray Black Jr. Lead Thursday XFINITY Daytona Practices

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Jeb Burton’s making just his second NASCAR XFINITY Series (or NASCAR national series as a whole) start of 2017, but he’s off to a good start. The part-time driver for JGL Racing’s No. 24 led first practice for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday (June 29) at a speed of 190.215 mph. …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the 5 Drivers Making Their Cup Debuts at Sonoma

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Remember the beginning of this month, when this column covered Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts and how they were up in 2017? Turns out we were just getting started. At that point, four drivers had (or were about to) make their series debuts in 2017, with the addition of Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Youngest First-Time Cup Winners

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When Ryan Blaney won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last Sunday at Pocono Raceway, he did so at the ripe old age of 23 years old. Which has to put him among the youngest winners ever in the series, right? …right? Well, yes, but also… not totally. I mean, look, with his win, …

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Ryan Newman Adds Velveeta Sponsorship

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Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing and Velveeta have announced a partnership that will continue through the remainder of the 2017 season. The company will adorn Newman’s No. 31 in select races this season as a primary and associate sponsor, beginning June 18 at Michigan International Speedway. The No. 31 will feature Velveeta in a primary …

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NASCAR 101: Cup Debuts Off to a Good (OK, Better) Start in 2017

23 24 September, 2016, Sparta, Kentucky Usa Ryan Sieg ©2016, Brett Moist Nkp

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There are two drivers making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts this weekend! No, listen. This is kind of cool. When the green flag falls at Dover International Speedway this Sunday in the Cup Series, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg will be part of the starting lineup for the first time in their racing …

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NASCAR 101: The 4 Drivers Attempting to Make Their 2017 XFINITY Debuts at Charlotte

2015 Xfinity Iowa 31 July 1 August, 2015, Newton, Iowa Usa Cale Conley ©2015, Brett Moist Nkp

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Well, this sure hasn’t happened lately. For the first time since toward the beginning point of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, there are quite a few new faces filling out the entry list for this weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not that the series has been hurting for different blood. In each race …

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