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Kyle Larson Leads Lone Friday Cup Practice at Phoenix

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Kyle Larson led the way in the lone NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday (Nov. 11), pacing the field with a speed of 139.524 mph. Larson was followed by two Chase competitors in the top 5, with Joey Logano coming in second at a slightly slower 139.492 mph, while Denny …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2016?

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Last year before the season-ending NASCAR action at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this space chronicled the stories of a few drivers who, after coming to the track and racing in 2014, did not, for whatever reason, do so in 2015. Interesting enough concept, so why not try it again? With just races at Homestead and Phoenix International …

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Brian Scott Announces Retirement

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Brian Scott will no longer be a NASCAR driver after 2016. The driver, who is in the midst of his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports, announced Thursday (Nov. 10) he will retire at the end of the season. “This was a difficult decision, but one that I made myself …

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NASCAR 101: William Byron & the 77th-Place Points Finish

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77th. That’s probably not a number or position on the mind of William Byron — or, really, anyone else — in 2016. Instead, it’s been more like the number one. Or first. You get the idea. Because that’s where Byron, a rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been …

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NASCAR 101: How Do Drivers Do in Their Final Races?

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one already: Jeff Gordon‘s final start is this weekend. It’s kind of a questionable milestone at this point, because it’s merely his final scheduled start. Remember, Gordon, a four-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, already retired from full-time competition once, doing so at the end of 2015. He wasn’t …

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Grant Enfinger Wins First Career Truck Series Race at Talladega

GMS Racing was tough to beat at the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but the four-truck team’s eventual winner isn’t even one of its full-time drivers. Grant Enfinger, a part-time competitor for the team in the Truck Series this season, held off a charge from teammates Spencer Gallagher …

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NASCAR 101: What Happened to All the Cup Series Debuts?

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It doesn’t take the work of some analyst sitting in the corner of a dark office poring through document upon document, statistic upon statistic to realize one of the side effects of NASCAR’s charter system in the Sprint Cup Series: lack of variety in the teams that compete each week. But another, perhaps slightly unexpected …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Potential Future NASCAR Drivers Racing in ARCA’s Season Finale

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It’s a triple-header this weekend at Kansas Speedway, but not in the way you might normally expect, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck series each contesting events at the same track on the same weekend. Instead, while the Cup and XFINITY series continue their run toward prospective champions at Homestead-Miami Speedway …

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NASCAR 101: How Often Do Non-Chasers Win During the Chase?

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While the still-eligible field in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Chase for the Championship just lost a fourth of its entrants, one category of driver on the circuit just got a little bit bigger: the roster of potential spoilers. Right, so, the usual spiel: NASCAR has attempted to reward winning a race even further by enacting a …

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NASCAR 101: Kentucky Perhaps the End of the 2016 Season for Some

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There’s a very real possibility that this weekend will be the last time we’ll see a few familiar drivers in NASCAR this season. Again, key word: possibility. With eight weeks left in the season following this weekend’s events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, there’s still plenty of time for schedules to change, …

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