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NASCAR 101: Newcomers Completely & Utterly Invade Martinsville Truck Entry List

2015 Martinsville I Cwts John Wes Townley Truck Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Martinsville Speedway’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races? Easily the best of any track on the circuit these days to both discover and watch young talent. Which is not wholly surprising. Each season, it’s the first on the schedule that allows drivers 16 and 17 years old to race, and it’s also among the first …

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NASCAR 101: The Sprint Cup Series’ Best on Restarts

2015 Bank Of America 500 Kevin Harvick Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Let’s say this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway ends with a green-white-checkered finish. Not a given, but not unlikely, either. In the last five years, the Sprint Cup Series has gone over the scheduled distance of 500 miles 10 times, while others – like last year’s Aaron’s 499, which was set up for a green-white-checkered until …

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NASCAR 101: Which Chaser Can Win Kansas?

2015 Kansas I Cup Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch Carl Edwards Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Let’s be frank: This weekend is the last normal chance for a driver to win his way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup’s penultimate round. And you already know what I mean. Next weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will descend upon Talladega Superspeedway in the final race of the Contender Round before NASCAR lops off …

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NASCAR 101: Are the Right Drivers Out of the Chase?

2015 Dover Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Ii Cia

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You can say a great deal of things about the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. You can say it’s a gimmick. Call it a flawed, unnecessary system. Consider it an intrigue-injecting setup that makes for an altogether exciting race to the title. Whatever the opinion – and oh, are …

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NASCAR 101: Where Have the Champions Gone?

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For years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had a bit of a problem: finding an abundance of young talent that could challenge for wins among the veterans on a weekly basis. The Rookie of the Year battles (some lack thereof) reflected it; until more recently, the series could go years without a strong class, with either …

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NASCAR 101: If You Watch 1 Xfinity Race All Year, Make It Kentucky

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Maybe you regularly follow the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Maybe you don’t. There’s no judgment either way; these days, at its best the series is an entertaining ramp-up into the Sprint Cup Series event the following day, but there’s also the fact that it is, indeed, a warmup, the race where some of the Cup full-timers …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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Denny Hamlin Wins 2015 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington with Late-Race Pass

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Daniel Suarez nearly had it: his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. But in the end, it was Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin who won Saturday’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 from Darlington Raceway, having passed series rookie Suarez with three laps to go en route to victory. All was not lost, though; …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Series Getting Into Throwback Spirit, Too

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Much of the hullabaloo over this weekend’s racing at Darlington Raceway revolves around the sheer girth of throwback events and paint schemes that will populate the Southern 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series come Sunday night. As the race re-assumes its historic Labor Day weekend date, the sanctioning body and its teams are celebrating …

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NASCAR 101: Didn’t Pay Your NASCAR Sponsorship Bill? You’re Not Alone

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Kyle Busch and his Kyle Busch Motorsports are in the midst of a lawsuit – though they’re not on the receiving end. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Camping World Truck Series team had sued former driver Justin Boston and sponsor Zloop after the company reportedly skipped out on payments to keep Boston …

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NASCAR 101: Cole Custer Poised to Make History in the Truck Series

2014 Bristol Ii Cwts Cole Custer Truck Cia

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Quick, the drivers with the most laps led in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this year – go. Obviously Erik Jones has to figure into your guesses, even though he’s only won a single race all season. Aside from his eight top-five finishes, he’s been around the front for much of the year’s races, …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR Drivers from the Mitten

2015 Watkins Glen International Nscs Brad Keselowski Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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When I was growing up, the one NASCAR race weekend I could always count on seeing each year was one at Michigan International Speedway, whether it was the June or August race (the latter, usually). Good thing, too – the track didn’t always have a stellar reputation for putting on a great show on TV, …

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