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NASCAR 101: Here’s What Changes on the 2021 Cup Schedule

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 schedule is here, and if you’ve been a vocal advocate for change in the series the last few years, you should check this one out. Is it a wholesale upending of the status quo? No. Are there still some problems folks are probably debating on social media as we speak? …

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NASCAR 101: Most Wins in a Cup Season in the Modern Era

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With nine wins in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season after his Bristol Motor Speedway victory last weekend, Kevin Harvick stands at the precipice of accomplishing something no driver has in well over a decade: a win column that breaks into the double digits. And with the way 2020 has gone for Harvick and the …

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NASCAR 101: First-Time Cup Series Winners at Richmond Raceway

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads into Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 this weekend. The race is the second of the 10-race postseason format. Multiple drivers, whether in the playoffs or not, will be looking to earn their first career win at the top level. The list includes Matt Dibenedetto (a playoff driver), …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the 2020 Darlington Throwback Schemes

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After enduring an unprecedented season of multiple schedule changes, NASCAR returns to Darlington Raceway for its traditional throwback events on Labor Day weekend. The Cup Series start its playoffs at the Lady in Black in the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 6. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series still has four races left in the …

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NASCAR 101: Active Drivers Who Returned to NASCAR After Long Absences

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News broke this week that Greg Biffle will return to make a start in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Darlington Raceway. Biffle, who is set to wheel the No. 24 entry for GMS Racing, is seemingly repeating his 2019 driving duties, which saw him make just one Truck start at Texas …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Racing in Lower Series Than They Have in Years Past

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After nearly three years away from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Korbin Forrister returns to the circuit in this weekend’s Dover International Speedway doubleheader, driving the No. 36 for DGM Racing. Forrister, a mostly part-time competitor in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series since 2014 (including seven starts in 2020), is no stranger to Xfinity. …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the Drivers Making Their Season — or Series — Debuts at the Daytona Road Course

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The NASCAR schedule isn’t just visiting a new track this weekend when its top series tackle the Daytona International Speedway road course. Some new faces are coming along, too. As is often the case with NASCAR’s road course races, multiple drivers entered this weekend are not full-time competitors on any NASCAR circuit. Instead, they either …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Double-Duty IndyCar & NASCAR Drivers

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Those who strictly follow NASCAR’s national series may not recognize RC Enerson‘s name, but those who also watch other racing disciplines — such as the NTT IndyCar Series — will. Enerson, a 23-year-old from Florida, will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Road America, piloting the No. 07 for SS-Greenlight Racing. He’s …

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NASCAR 101: ‘Veteran’ Brandon Jones & Other Age-Related Oddities

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Can a 15-year-old really lead a NASCAR championship? Can a 23-year-old have veteran driver status? Can a 27-year-old be a NASCAR team owner? If age is just a number, why do we talk about it so much? In recent years, NASCAR has consistently billed races with a youth verses veteran mantra as day to day …

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NASCAR 101: How Rare Is Austin Cindric’s 3-in-a-Row Win Streak?

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Austin Cindric‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series career has been marked thus far by streaks. First came the winless streak. Despite competing for Cup Series organizations Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing from the start of his stint in Xfinity, Cindric was unable to visit victory lane in his first 53 starts, some of that perhaps owed …

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NASCAR 101: Analyzing NASCAR’s First-Time Winner Count in 2020 So Far

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Last weekend was quite the weekend for first-timers, as the four NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway saw two first-time winners in their respective series, while another driver won his first oval race in the sport (followed promptly by his second). It started Thursday night, when Austin Cindric, after wins on road courses in the Xfinity …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Things to Avoid to Win a Championship

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With his fourth win of the season at Pocono, Denny Hamlin looks like the driver to beat for the 2020 championship. Still, that doesn’t mean you pencil Hamlin as your 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion. Anything can happen from now to November. Here are five examples of things to avoid if Hamlin wants to win …

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