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Did You Notice?: Jacques Debris Has Gone Missing in 2020

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Did You Notice? …That while specific new venues have remained in the realm of speculation regarding the much-anticipated 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, perhaps the most significant development yet was publicized quietly earlier this week? The Sports Business Journal‘s Adam Stern reported Monday (Feb. 24) that a number of current NASCAR Cup venues will be …

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Did You Notice?: Ryan Newman Rewrites A NASCAR Nightmare… 19 Years Later

2018 Cup Richmond Ryan Newman Zach Catanzareti

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Did You Notice? … It’s been 19 years since we lost Dale Earnhardt Sr. on February 18, 2001? Ryan Newman’s wreck in the 2020 Daytona 500 brought back the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) of that nightmare across America. It’s easy to forget an entire generation of race fans never experienced Earnhardt’s death. But for those who …

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Did You Notice? The Key to NASCAR 2020: Looking Fetch

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR remains an aging demographic? At a time when all sports are trying to retain that crucial audience of 18-to-34-year-olds, getting younger remains racing’s biggest challenge. As recently as 2017, 57% of NASCAR TV viewers were over the age of 55. In the sport’s championship finale that year, just 22% of viewers …

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Did You Notice?: For Jimmie Johnson, 2020 Was the Right Time for NASCAR Retirement

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Did You Notice? … For Jimmie Johnson, 2020 is the right time to call it quits. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion announced Wednesday (Nov. 20) on Twitter next season will be his last. #Chasing8 one final time pic.twitter.com/ZoldabKy9M — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019 Speculation about Johnson’s retirement has run rampant since primary …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Championship Leaves Non-Playoff Teams Fighting For Scraps

Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto are solid picks for the 2021 Busch Clash Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Did You Notice? … The focus on the NASCAR championship has made non-playoff teams more irrelevant than ever? Over 15 years into the concept of a postseason and six years into the current format, drivers failing to make the playoffs are struggling to gain any momentum once the final 10 races begin. We saw this development …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Parity Producing a Tiresome Championship 4?

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Kevin Harvick while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Did You Notice? … The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 could be an exact replica of 2018? Two of last year’s drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, have already qualified by winning in this year’s Round of 8. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, meanwhile, hold at least a 20-point edge over their …

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Did You Notice?: Joey Logano’s Historic Martinsville Mayhem & 2020 is Austin Dillon’s Make-or-Break Year

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Did You Notice? … Joey Logano has had season-defining moments at Martinsville Speedway in four of the past five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fall races? The latest occurred Sunday (Oct. 27) in the First Data 500 with his late-race contact turned shoving match with Denny Hamlin. The incident has resulted in a suspension of a …

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Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Could Set NASCAR Records

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Did You Notice? … Joe Gibbs Racing has a shot to send three of its four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers into the 2019 Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway? It’s a feat that’s never been accomplished by any organization since the current format came into play in 2014. JGR currently holds the record as the …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Ownership Remains on the Decline With 1 Exception

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Did You Notice… Both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity series are struggling to bring in new ownership? It’s a talking point that’s nothing new. But the hard numbers are jarring, especially in Xfinity, where ownership participation has declined 17% from last season alone. Just 49 cars have attempted at least one event through …

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Did You Notice?: Bubba Wallace Putting NASCAR in a Tough Spot

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Did You Notice? … Bubba Wallace has a history of confrontations in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? We’ll start with the now, what everyone’s still talking about three days after the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Sunday’s incident (Sept. 29) with Alex Bowman was easily his most serious to date. The two drivers made contact multiple …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Feels Later Is Better When It Comes To Scheduling

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Did You Notice? … Not a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2020 will start earlier than 2 p.m. ET? The idea of a 1 p.m. ET start appears to have gone the way of the dodo bird. The last race originally scheduled for that early in the day was a playoff race at …

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Did You Notice?: Daniel Hemric Never Won? Plus… Contact Leaves NASCAR In Critical Condition

2019 Talladega Cup Daniel Hemric Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Did You Notice? …. Daniel Hemric never won a NASCAR race? That’s the tough answer for critics crying foul over Richard Childress Racing’s decision Tuesday (Sept. 17) to release Hemric from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride at the end of the season. That’s a hard pill to swallow for a personable, energetic 28-year-old driver …

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