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William Byron: ‘I’ve Been Forced to Grow Up Really Fast’

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William Byron struggled mightily his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last year, finishing 23rd in points and only netting four top 10s. This came after Byron dominated every series along the way of his meteoric rise, including Xfinity Series and K&N Pro Series East championships. But since being paired with seven-time …

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Quin Houff Has No Expectations with Spire Motorsports, Proving He Belongs

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Coming into 2019, Quin Houff had limited NASCAR experience, only running 10 Xfinity Series races in the past two seasons. Fast forward five months, and the 21-year-old has 12 starts at the Monster Energy Cup Series starts between Spire Motorsports and Premium Motorsports. Houff made his debut in the No. 77 Chevrolet at ISM Raceway, …

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Clint Bowyer Not Worried About Making Playoffs

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Clint Bowyer‘s 2019 season has been a tale of two tapes — either really good or awful, much of which has been out of his control. Regardless, the veteran driver isn’t worried about making the playoffs. Bowyer, 40, started the season for Stewart-Haas Racing inconsistently. The No. 14 team had just one top-10 finish through …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Haley Building Up Kaulig Racing

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For the 2019 season, Kaulig Racing signed Justin Haley to a two-year deal in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Driving the No. 11 Chevrolet, the 20-year-old from Winamac, Ind., is currently in 10th place in the point standings. He has one top-five finish and 11 top 10s. Before final practice began for the Chicagoland Speedway Xfinity …

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Reed Sorenson: ‘Still Getting to Drive Racecars for a Living’

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In the mid-2000s, Reed Sorenson was an up-and-coming driver, hoping to make a splash in NASCAR. Since then, it’s been a battle to even remain in the sport. Sorenson, 33, got his first full-time opportunity in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at age 20 in 2006, driving the No. 41 for Chip Ganassi Racing. …

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Ty Dillon Feeling ‘Refreshed’ in 2019

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Prior to the 2019 season beginning, Germain Racing put a full court press on improving its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program. Four months in, Ty Dillon is delivering behind the wheel. Dillon, 27, entered the Cup Series full-time in 2017. But his first two seasons didn’t go as planned, finishing 24th and 27th in …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hid Smoking Habit for Years, Shares Intimate Details of Quitting

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Cigarettes and video games. That’s all Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew for quite some time. NASCAR’s most popular driver at the time couldn’t do one without the other. He would try to quit the habit he hid from the public, but he couldn’t cut it out of his daily routine. That changed when he met his …

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Denny Hamlin Not Feeling Added Pressure with Success of Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019

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The 2019 NASCAR season started out with the highest of highs for Denny Hamlin when he scored his second Daytona 500 win. But since then, it’s been a bag of mixed results. Those results haven’t been from a lack of performance, however, as Hamlin has led 118 circuits and picked up an additional win at …

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Natalie Decker: No Pressure To Replace Danica Patrick’s Void, No Longer Facing Sexism

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Natalie Decker is one of three females currently racing in a NASCAR national touring series, racing in DGR-Crosley’s No. 54 Toyota in the Gander Outdoors Trucks Series. The Eagle River, Wis. native is off to a rocky start in her rookie season. She’s had incidents that brought out a caution in four of the six …

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Carl Long Talks the Struggles of Expansion for MBM Motorsports

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Coming into the 2019 NASCAR season, MBM Motorsports planned on running at least two full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series teams with a third if there was sufficient funding. Now, the organization fields four teams, three of which are full-time efforts. Joey Gase drives the No. 35 Toyota full-time, Chad Finchum has primarily driven the No. 42 …

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Ryan Reed Focused on 2020, Not Giving Up on Career

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One of the biggest surprises late last year was Lilly Diabetes announcing it was leaving Roush Fenway Racing and Ryan Reed for 2019. The two sides had been aligned since Reed was introduced to the Xfinity Series in 2013 for six races. In 171 races, Reed recorded a pair of victories, both coming in the …

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Bubba Wallace Putting Negatives Behind, Focused on Positives

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The opening three months of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season haven’t gone the way Bubba Wallace had hoped for. But he’s looking to put the negatives behind him. Wallace, 25, is in the midst of his second full season at the Cup level and currently sits 28th in the championship standings through 10 …

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