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NASCAR Reveals 2018 Cup, XFINITY & Truck Schedules

2017 Charlotte All Star Cup Jimmie Johnson Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

If you were hoping some changes would be made to NASCAR’s national series with regards to its 2018 schedules, you’re in luck. Today (May 23), the sanctioning body announced the schedules for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series for the 2018 season. One of the …

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NASCAR 101: 2009, the Sprint Showdown

2009 Nascar Sprint Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade, USA Autostock)

The last time a Carl Long-owned team ran a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was 2009. Back then, Long, then 41, was on a part-time schedule in the series and in NASCAR as a whole, making intermittent starts in the XFINITY Series in addition to his Cup program. That year, he had …

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Cale Conley Plots XFINITY Series Return

Cale Conley Charlotte Xfinity 2015 Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

After a season away, Cale Conley is returning to the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Conley, who has 41 races under his belt in the second-tier NASCAR series over two seasons, will pilot the No. 24 for JGL Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in two weekends (May 27) as the newest addition to the team’s Young Guns program. …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Picks Up Dover, Pocono Sponsorship

2017 Talladega I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Woohoo John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Fresh off his first-career win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has picked up some additional sponsorship for the 2017 season. Stenhouse and Roush Fenway Racing announced Thursday (May 11) sponsorship in the Cup Series from fruit drink brand Little HUG Fruit Barrels. The two-race sponsorship will kick …

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Clint Bowyer Leads Lone Rain-Shortened Talladega Cup Practice

2017 Las Vegas Cup Clint Bowyer Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Rain cut short the on-track activity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Friday (May 5) at Talladega Superspeedway, with the series getting just a few minutes of practice in before the remainder of first practice and the second practice were canceled. Clint Bowyer led the way in the brief practice with a speed …

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NASCAR 101: An Unencumbered Look Into Encumbered Finishes

2017 Richmond I Cup Joey Logano Trophy Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Joey Logano won last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, but in terms of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle, you’d barely know it. That’s because Thursday (May 4), Logano’s No. 22 was announced to have had a rear suspension violation found at NASCAR’s R&D center following the race, which means a few things …

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NASCAR 101: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Hendrick Motorsports Legacy

2016 Martinsville I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Matthre T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season last Tuesday (April 25), it was no surprise it came with Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick by his side, since that’s the team for which Earnhardt currently drives in the Cup Series. However, here’s …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Oldest Drivers on the NASCAR Circuit

2015 Xfinity Jeff Green Elkhart Lake Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

There was this very dumb, extremely unfounded story going around the Internet earlier this week claiming that Matt Kenseth was going to be retiring, either immediately or at the end of the season, depending on who you asked. It was debunked almost immediately, with the actual press conference Wednesday (April 19) being some actual good …

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NASCAR 101: Is An Early Week Off Good or Bad for Your Points Leader?

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series O'reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Tx Usa Saturday 8 April 2017 Kyle Larson World Copyright: John K Harrelson/nkp

(Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Seven races in, Kyle Larson is looking like the driver to beat in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This weekend should be yet another notch on his belt on the way to a playoff berth and potential first title. Or… it would be, if the series wasn’t off this week. The week of April …

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Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. Lead Texas XFINITY Practices

2017 Fontana Nxs Ty Dillon Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

A parade of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-timers led opening practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway Friday (April 7), but it was the series regulars that paced practice two later in the day, led by Darrell Wallace Jr. In practice one, Ty Dillon led the way in Richard Childress Racing’s …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the Teens Running This Weekend’s Martinsville Truck Race

2016 Camping World Trucks Harrison Burton Martinsville

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

Storylines abound when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Martinsville Speedway, whether it’s the first or second visit of the season. Each has its own allure. The spring date is the first race back after a multi-week sabbatical for the series that used to see the circuit dormant from the season-opening event at Daytona …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best on the West Coast Swing

2016 Nascar Texas

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Let’s talk about NASCAR’s West Coast swing. Or NASCAR Goes West. Or, I dunno, Excuse to Get Some Better Mexican Food Than the East Coast Can Offer. Is that last part right? Asking for a friend. Anyway, jump back in time briefly to 2015. That year, NASCAR introduced its string of three races on the West …

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