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NASCAR 101: A Brief Synopsis of the Numbers of a Decade

2017 Texas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Checkered Flag Matthre T Thacker Nkp

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It is the time of the season that many diehard race fans hope never come: the offseason. As champions are crowned under a setting south Florida sun this weekend, the engines will fall silent for almost three months. All that is left are mere memories of a season filled with excitement, jubilation and disappointment. This …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2019?

#95: Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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In what’s become an annual segment on NASCAR 101 (wait, this is year five? Time is a flat circle), this week takes a look at the drivers who didn’t return to NASCAR in 2019. Now, that phrase sounds a bit more absolute than it actually ends up being. Each year, we discuss the drivers from NASCAR’s …

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NASCAR 101: The Cup Rookie Battle Couldn’t Be Closer Than It Is Right Now

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The closest points race in NASCAR right now isn’t necessarily a battle for the championship. Sure, there are few clear favorites for titles in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. With two or three races to go in each series, there’s a sense that the championship …

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NASCAR 101: Related Drivers in NASCAR

2016 Fontana Nxs Ty Dillon Austin Dillon Brett Moist Nkp

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This column was all set. Perfect, even — the idea, that is. It was timely, fitting, whatever. Then Carson Ware dropped off the Gander Outdoors Truck Series entry list for this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. But you know what? Screw it. Doing it anyway. In the event that Ware returns to the entry list (until …

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NASCAR 101: The Most First-Time Winners in Truck Series History

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After a quiet year for new winners in 2018, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is having quite a year for newcomers to victory lane. Spencer Boyd‘s Talladega Superspeedway triumph made him the fifth first-time winner in the series in 2019, with three races still to go before the season’s end. He’s the first new …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Longest Active Winless Streaks in All 3 Series

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Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP

It’s hard to believe that Kyle Larson had not won in 75 races. Or the fact that Jimmie Johnson still can’t find victory lane. While Larson was able to take a home a much needed checkered flag last Sunday (Oct. 6) at Dover International Raceway to end his winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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NASCAR 101: Most Cup Wins of the 2010s

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Racing Nkp

It’s Kyle Busch vs. Kevin Harvick vs. Jimmie Johnson in the battle of the 2010s. Just seven races remain in this decade of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing, and three drivers are in contention for the most wins overall during those 10 years. Entering this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway, Busch leads the …

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NASCAR 101: The Cup Silly Season Dominoes Still to Fall

2019 Phoenix I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Nkp

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Been quite a week, eh? With Christopher Bell‘s thoroughly non-shocking move to Leavine Family Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 2020, followed by the actually surprising loss of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 at the expense of Chris Buescher, Silly Season is very much in full swing for …

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NASCAR 101: Inside the eNASCAR Heat Pro League

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The team names sound familiar: Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports. There’s JTG Daugherty and Stewart-Haas and Germain Racing and Roush Fenway… but wait a minute: drivers named Garbage, Trackbar, Sloppy Joe and, um, Fluffy? What’s going on here? What’s going on is a playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the eNASCAR …

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NASCAR 101: Active Drivers With the Most (& Least) Team Owners

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Once again, NASCAR Silly Season is in full bloom. We’ve got retirements and alignments, sponsorships and ownerships, hirings and firings and, of course, Matt DiBenedetto. This annual late-summer/early-fall tradition is filled with nerves, excitement and surprises. On the note of surprises, Paul Menard joins David Ragan as the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver …

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NASCAR 101: Can Kyle Busch Score 30 Top 10s in 2019?

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“But [Kyle] Busch could also be peaking too early. Because if history is any indication, his early-season strength could end up faltering down the line.” Man, I wonder what kind of idiot wrote that earlier this year. …oh. Right. In early May 2019, Kyle Busch was on a hot streak rivaling few others in Monster Energy …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the 2019 Darlington Throwback Schemes

2018 Darlington Cup Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott

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It’s that time of year again: the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series return to Darlington Raceway for Labor Day weekend and its festivities, leading up to the Bojangles Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 1. This year, the theme throws back to the years 1990-1994, though some chose schemes outside that period. A …

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