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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2017, Revisited

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NASCAR 101 dives into quite a few statistics-based stories throughout each season, with 2017 no exception. From pole winners to series debuts, drivers from outside the United States to the oldest drivers on the circuit, there’s plenty to talk about from February to November, much of which doesn’t even leave the cutting room floor. Instead …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2017?

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Time for another game of sifting through the long list of NASCAR national series drivers who didn’t make an appearance in 2017! After beginning this series in 2015 and continuing in 2016, this space will again chronicle the list of competitors who ran in one of the three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, …

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NASCAR 101: Race Winners Have Better Starting Positions (On Average) in 2017

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Talk is often made in NASCAR — or any form of auto racing, really — about winning a race from the pole position. After all, it’s part of running what could be considered a perfect race: qualifying faster than anyone else and then holding that lead to the checkered flag. Generally a driver loses the …

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NASCAR 101: How’s NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program Done So Far?

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The news of Darrell Wallace Jr.’s full-time move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 was met with a fair share of excited NASCAR fans, some of whom have been waiting for Wallace’s breakout on the national NASCAR stage since he ran his first races in the XFINITY Series five years ago. And …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make Their Cup Debut Before the End of 2017

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Chances are you’re focusing more — if not completely — on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle that’s wrapping up in a month, and rightfully so, since it seems like it could be quite the nail-biter once all is said and done. That said, five races remain in the 2017 Cup season, and …

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Christopher Bell Moving to XFINITY Series in 2018

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After multiple seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a handful of starts in the XFINITY Series, Christopher Bell is moving up to the latter full-time in 2018. Bell will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the series next year, the team announced Friday (Oct. 13). Additional details like car number, sponsor and …

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NASCAR 101: 25 Years In Between Cup Starts

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This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway marks the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start of the season for Mark Thompson. It’s also his first start of the decade… and his first of the century. Thompson, 66, is likely familiar to those who follow the ARCA Racing Series or even the last few seasons of the …

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NASCAR 101: Most Top 5s in a Season Without a Win

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There’s nothing wrong with Elliott Sadler’s season this year. Not that you might have been thinking that, but if you’ve been following the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017, perhaps you let the idea slip into your mind at some point. Despite being the regular season champion, he’s been one of the odd men out at …

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Matt Tifft Signs with Richard Childress Racing in XFINITY for 2018, Daniel Hemric Re-Signs

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Matt Tifft will be back in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year, but it’ll be with a different team. Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday (Oct. 5) that Tifft will pilot the team’s No. 2 in the series for the full 2018 season. The current first-year full-time XFINITY driver is coming over from Joe Gibbs Racing and its …

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NASCAR 101: The Decline of NASCAR’s Team Count

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For an extremely brief moment earlier this week, a new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team had joined the fray. StarCom Racing’s No. 00 showed up on the entry list for Dover International Speedway with Derrike Cope as its driver, becoming the 40th entry for the race. However, by Tuesday night, Cope and co. had …

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