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NASCAR 101: Daytona, Talladega Become Place to Be for One-Offs

Joe Nemechek And John Hunter Nemechek

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OK, picture this: a NASCAR national series where you don’t really know who’s going to show up each week. Entries vary by track, whether it’s by type of speedway or from a regional standpoint, with, say, Michigan drivers building a car and saddling up for a race in their home state, or a Southwest-based team dropping …

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DEWALT Expands Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Partnership

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Matt Kenseth and DEWALT Tools continue to expand their partnership in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as the company and Joe Gibbs Racing announced a sponsorship extension today (June 30) for 2016 and beyond. DEWALT will now adorn Kenseth’s No. 20 for four additional races in 2016 and will expand its primary sponsorship to 15 races …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Road Ringers Who Actually Made An Impact

2015 Sonoma Cup Pack Racing Credit Danny Peters

(Photo: Danny Peters, Frontstretch)

It’s been a slow descent for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from having bona fide, competitive road course ringers entered in its events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, to continuing to buy into the illusion that said ringers still had a shot at a top five, let alone a win, at one of …

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NASCAR 101: The New(ish) Faces You’ll See This Weekend at Iowa

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There was a time in NASCAR when a standalone race in the XFINITY or Camping World Truck series wasn’t an oddity in the sport. Back then, there was a healthy split between race weekends where the lower series joined the Sprint Cup Series at the same track and those when either series might race elsewhere …

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Cole Custer, Johnny Sauter Swap Crew Chiefs

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Cole Custer Truck Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

When Cole Custer arrives at Iowa Speedway for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, he’ll have a new crew chief atop his pit box. Marcus Richmond has moved from Johnny Sauter’s GMS Racing No. 21 to Custer’s JR Motorsports No. 00, the team confirmed Tuesday (June 14). Richmond takes over for Joe Shear, …

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Matt Tifft Sidelined with Back Injury, Sam Hornish to Sub

2016 Richmond I Nxs Matt Tifft Car Russell Labounty Nkp

(Credit: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Matt Tifft planned to pull double duty this weekend at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. Instead, he’ll be watching from the sidelines. Tifft announced today (June 14) that he will not race this weekend due to a disc problem in his back. The driver confirmed the news via Twitter. …

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NASCAR 101: 3 Up-and-Coming Drivers Making NASCAR Debuts in 2016

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing revealed more of its stable for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, particularly its drivers for the standalone races that are not contested at the same track on the same weekend as the Sprint Cup Series. Let’s see… AJ Allmendinger, check. Michael McDowell, check. Sam Hornish, Jr., check, and good …

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NASCAR 101: The Iron Men of the (Recent) Coca-Cola 600s

2016 Phoenix I Cup Kevin Harvick Carl Edwards Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With a Formula 1 race in Monaco and IndyCar’s biggest event of the year in the Indianapolis 500 taking place this weekend, you know NASCAR has to do things a little bit bigger in order to vie for the attention of motorsports fans across the country. Luckily, NASCAR is able to achieve just that each …

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New NASCAR Rules Package to Be Tested at Michigan, Kentucky

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Jamie Mcmurray Ryan Newman Kyle Larson Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Upcoming races at Kentucky Speedway and Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will see further changes to the Cup rules package and how it pertains to aerodynamic grip. NASCAR announced Thursday (May 26) that the two races will be used for a test of a new package that will alter the rear …

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NASCAR 101: Ranking the 15 Drivers Definitely Running the All-Star Race

2016 Dover I Cup Kyle Busch Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Are you ready? This weekend marks the most recent running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race in its newest format. Come Saturday night, 20 drivers will take to the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway to go for broke in exchange for a solid paycheck and a nice projection of what their Labor Day weekend …

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Kevin Harvick Signs Extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

2016 Kansas I Cup Kevin Harvick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The rumors, it turns out, are untrue: Kevin Harvick is staying with Stewart-Haas Racing for the foreseeable future. The team announced Thursday (May 19) via a press release that the driver of the No. 4 will stay with the team in a “long-term” capacity. “Any questions now…” Harvick tweeted shortly after the announcement, supplying a link …

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