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Daytona 500 Brings NASCAR On FOX Small Ratings Increase

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott Erik Jones

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Fox Sports’ coverage of the 59th Annual Daytona 500 resulted in a small overnight bump in ratings over last year’s edition, the network announced Monday. Overall, ratings are still nowhere near where they have been historically. However, the increase does provide optimism that perhaps viewership can continue the upward trend. The broadcast drew an overnight …

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2-Headed Monster: Daytona & Stages — Yea or Nay


The Daytona 500 should definitely be a race run without segments. But not the only one. NASCAR is a sport built on tradition, heritage and sticking to its roots. In light of all the changes for this upcoming season, be it Monster Energy, the new lower downforce package, competition enhancements, drivers retiring/stepping away, etc., that can …

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NASCAR Reveals Changes to Race Formats in 2017

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NASCAR announced Monday (Jan. 23) in a press conference significant changes to the method in which points will be earned during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races in 2017. All points paying events will divided into segments or stages. The number of stages will vary based on the …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Jamie McMurray

Jamie Mcmurray

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For the first 11 years of the chase era, Jamie McMurray was the bridesmaid. McMurray simply could not make the chase. No matter how many openings there were. No matter how often he won or didn’t win. Jamie Mac was always on the outside looking in. He missed the chase in almost every conceivable fashion. …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Ryan Newman

2016 Cup Talladega Ryan Newman Zach Catanzareti

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Ryan Newman spent the early part of his NASCAR career demonstrating why his nickname Rocket Man was an appropriate moniker. But lately, it seems such descriptions aren’t as fitting as they once were. Such was the case yet again for Newman in 2016. After participating in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship each of …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s on NASCAR’s Horizon?

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NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the new entitlement sponsor in its premier series, replacing Sprint.  Will Monster be a good fit for the series moving forward? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Based on Monster’s (pardon the pun) track record in motorsports, the affiliation with NASCAR’s premier series will be a successful one. Based on sight of …

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Homestead Cup Practice Round 2

Cup 2016 Charlotte Jimmie Johnson Zach Catanzareti

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Jimmie Johnson may need to win Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday if he wants to earn his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and after the second round of practice on Saturday morning, it appears he has the car to do it. Johnson paced the field, setting a fast lap …

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Spencer Gallagher Paces Final Truck Practice at Phoenix

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Spencer Gallagher Truck Credit Amy Henderson

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Spencer Gallagher was fastest in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday afternoon in preparation for the evening’s Lucas Oil 150. Gallagher posted an average speed of 135.150 mph during his fast lap, leaving him atop the charts at the end of the session.  Cameron Hayley held the second …

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