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Entry List: FireKeepers Casino 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ first trip of 2019 to Michigan International Speedway happens this weekend with a 36-car field, meaning all teams will make the race, barring any entry list changes. A small handful of notable driver and team changes for the event exist, including most prominently the entry of Garrett Smithley in …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Current Owner-Drivers

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Where have all the owner-drivers gone? Well, it certainly ain’t the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which is probably a different story from when many who read this first started following NASCAR. The story of the owner-driver — the do-it-all wheelman who can balance a checkbook just as well as he can drive a car …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Most-Followed Drivers on Twitter

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Being a NASCAR fan over the last decade or more has brought plenty of changes, few more prominent than the integration of social media into the sport (and, well, pretty much all things). Getting to know NASCAR’s personalities on a personal level used to be left to in-person meetings at the racetrack or other appearances; …

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NASCAR 101: The Top Debuts Among Active Drivers in NASCAR’s National Series

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At Talladega Superspeedway a few weeks ago, Justin Haley was racing like he belonged in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And that’s not to say he doesn’t; one look at the 20-year-old’s statistics in the NASCAR world, particularly the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and, more recently, the Xfinity Series, show a driver with a …

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NASCAR 101: The Most Top 10s in a Row to Start a Cup Season

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Serious question: has 2019 been anyone but Kyle Busch‘s year thus far? Consider the evidence. In four NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts, he has four wins. He has three wins and four top fives in the Xfinity Series, his only loss a runner-up run at Auto Club Speedway. And then there’s his Monster Energy …

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Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney’s Team Penalized After Talladega Cup Race

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Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have been leveled an L1 penalty following the April 28 race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced Tuesday, April 30. A rear deck lid was confiscated and found it did not meet the criteria set by NASCAR before the Talladega …

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NASCAR 101: Ranking the 22 Cup Organizations in 2019 So Far

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After a week-long break, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is set to return to the track at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. For the first nine weeks of the season, Cup teams sprinted from Daytona International Speedway to Richmond Raceway, laying down the framework for their 2019 seasons with early-season triumphs and setbacks. Some drivers …

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NASCAR 101: Martin Truex Jr. Finally Won a Short Track Race — Who’s Next?

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Apparently all it took for Martin Truex Jr. to win on a short track was to switch teams. Last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway saw Truex, in the midst of his first season for Joe Gibbs Racing in its No. 19, emerge victorious, snapping a losing streak at short tracks …

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