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NASCAR 101: 5 K&N & ARCA Drivers Who Could (Or Should!) Make Their National Series Debuts This Year

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR’s national series roster got just a little bigger this week thanks to a pair of announcements regarding driver debuts at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. Tyler Ankrum will make his series debut with DGR-Crosley in the team’s No. 54, while Chase Purdy will attempt to make his first Truck Series race …

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NASCAR 101: Kasey Kahne’s Most Impressive NASCAR Stat

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Kasey Kahne may have driven in his final NASCAR race. As with many of these statistics, the key word here is may. At the end of 2018, the 38-year-old is retiring from a decade-and-a-half-long career in NASCAR’s national series in order to compete on the sprint car level, and generally enjoy not having to run a …

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Kasey Kahne Done for 2018 Season

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Kasey Kahne‘s retirement from NASCAR competition is coming earlier than expected. The driver of Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series announced today (Oct. 9) that he is not medically cleared to drive in the remainder of the 2018 season. He had planned to retire from full-time competition after 2018, …

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NASCAR 101: What’s the Latest for Silly Season 2019?

(Photo: Danny Peters)

Every week, it seems like there’s a new development in Silly Season for 2019. AJ Allmendinger‘s out, Noah Gragson‘s in, Jamie McMurray‘s out, Daniel Suarez is… uh, somewhere? Maybe? It’s enough to keep your head spinning for the duration of the 2018 playoffs. Never in recent memory has a Silly Season been this, well, silly. …

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AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing Parting Ways After 2018

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

AJ Allmendinger will not return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2019. Despite reportedly having two seasons left on his contract, the driver of the No. 47 for the team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will move elsewhere next year, the team announced Tuesday, Sept. 25. “AJ Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to …

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NASCAR 101: Other Drivers Who’ve Come Out of Retirement to Race Again

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

One of the many things we’ve learned about NASCAR in 2018: take any — any! — retirement announcements with a grain of salt. Or, you know, at least really read the fine print. Throughout 2018, multiple drivers have announced their retirement from full-time competition, such as Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne. The key word there, …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Most Likely to Progress Out of the Cup Playoffs’ First Round?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, which begin this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, marks the fifth time in which the series has employed an elimination-based format to help decide its champion at the end of the season. Starting in 2014, the series cooked up different rounds throughout the playoffs that eliminated …

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Furniture Row Racing to Close at End of 2018 Season

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Furniture Row Racing will close at the end of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The championship-winning team announced Tuesday (Sept. 4) in a statement that it will cease to exist at the end of the season, shuttering its No. 78 team driven by Martin Truex Jr. “This is not good for anybody,” …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the 2018 Darlington Throwback Schemes

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR is back at Darlington Raceway, and that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, multiple things. Including throwbacks! The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series take to the track this weekend at Darlington, and many of the teams entered will sport paint schemes that recall bygone eras of NASCAR. Some of those are …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s How the XFINITY & Truck Series Fields, Points Are Changing Next Year

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Six years ago, the landscape of the NASCAR XFINITY Series was quite different. For one thing, the series wasn’t called that. The naming rights were then awarded to Nationwide, which held its sponsorship until 2015, when XFINITY came aboard. Back then, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver involvement was in no way curtailed, with drivers …

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