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NASCAR 101: Cup Debuts Off to a Good (OK, Better) Start in 2017

23-24 September, 2016, Sparta, Kentucky USA Ryan Sieg ©2016, Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

There are two drivers making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts this weekend! No, listen. This is kind of cool. When the green flag falls at Dover International Speedway this Sunday in the Cup Series, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg will be part of the starting lineup for the first time in their racing …

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NASCAR 101: The 4 Drivers Attempting to Make Their 2017 XFINITY Debuts at Charlotte

2015 Xfinity Iowa 31 July - 1 August, 2015, Newton, Iowa USA  Cale Conley ©2015, Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

Well, this sure hasn’t happened lately. For the first time since toward the beginning point of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, there are quite a few new faces filling out the entry list for this weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not that the series has been hurting for different blood. In each race …

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NASCAR 101: 2009, the Sprint Showdown

2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade, USA Autostock)

The last time a Carl Long-owned team ran a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was 2009. Back then, Long, then 41, was on a part-time schedule in the series and in NASCAR as a whole, making intermittent starts in the XFINITY Series in addition to his Cup program. That year, he had …

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NASCAR 101: An Unencumbered Look Into Encumbered Finishes

2017 Richmond I CUP Joey Logano trophy Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Joey Logano won last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, but in terms of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle, you’d barely know it. That’s because Thursday (May 4), Logano’s No. 22 was announced to have had a rear suspension violation found at NASCAR’s R&D center following the race, which means a few things …

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NASCAR 101: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Hendrick Motorsports Legacy

2016 Martinsville I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr Matthre T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season last Tuesday (April 25), it was no surprise it came with Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick by his side, since that’s the team for which Earnhardt currently drives in the Cup Series. However, here’s …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Oldest Drivers on the NASCAR Circuit

2015 Xfinity jeff green Elkhart Lake Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

There was this very dumb, extremely unfounded story going around the Internet earlier this week claiming that Matt Kenseth was going to be retiring, either immediately or at the end of the season, depending on who you asked. It was debunked almost immediately, with the actual press conference Wednesday (April 19) being some actual good …

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NASCAR 101: Is An Early Week Off Good or Bad for Your Points Leader?

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX USA Saturday 8 April 2017 Kyle Larson World Copyright: John K Harrelson/NKP

(Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Seven races in, Kyle Larson is looking like the driver to beat in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This weekend should be yet another notch on his belt on the way to a playoff berth and potential first title. Or… it would be, if the series wasn’t off this week. The week of April …

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NASCAR 101: The First Race at Texas Motor Speedway

1997 Winston Cup Series, Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Thursday, April 6, marked the 20th anniversary of the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway. As the circuit travels to the Fort Worth track this weekend, here is a look back at the inaugural Texas race in 1997. The Jim Carrey movie Liar Liar topped the box office charts …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the Teens Running This Weekend’s Martinsville Truck Race

2016 Camping World Trucks harrison burton Martinsville

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

Storylines abound when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Martinsville Speedway, whether it’s the first or second visit of the season. Each has its own allure. The spring date is the first race back after a multi-week sabbatical for the series that used to see the circuit dormant from the season-opening event at Daytona …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best on the West Coast Swing

2016 NASCAR Texas

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Let’s talk about NASCAR’s West Coast swing. Or NASCAR Goes West. Or, I dunno, Excuse to Get Some Better Mexican Food Than the East Coast Can Offer. Is that last part right? Asking for a friend. Anyway, jump back in time briefly to 2015. That year, NASCAR introduced its string of three races on the West …

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