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William Byron to Move to XFINITY, JR Motorsports in 2017

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William Byron’s five wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2016 season — so far — have garnered him attention from other teams besides his current Kyle Busch Motorsports ride. And in 2017, he’ll be moving to one of those teams: Hendrick Motorsports. After just one full season in the Truck Series, …

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Matt Kenseth, Tide Partner for Southern 500

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Tide is returning to NASCAR. Well, if only for one race. For next month’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the company will adorn the No. 20 car driven by Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing as the latest in a string of announcements concerning throwback paint schemes for …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Marks Slips & Slides to NASCAR Glory

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Well, no one said it would be easy to get your first NASCAR XFINITY Series win. But chances are Justin Marks didn’t think he’d have to slip and slide through the rain to do it. Saturday (Aug. 13) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, amid a wet-and-wild track surface and after a final restart with two …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Chase Get a Road Course?

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1. Watkins Glen International sold out for a second-straight year. Does that prove that good racing will bring fans out to the track, or is this a unique circumstance? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: These two factors are directly connected; Watkins Glen is inherently good racing. Being from that part of the country, I can say that …

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Bryan Clauson Dead at 27

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Bryan Clauson, a driver who competed in USAC, IndyCar, NASCAR and much more over his career, has died. He was 27. Clauson, his family announced Monday, died Sunday night after succumbing to injuries sustained in a race at the Belleville Midget Nationals on Saturday night, Aug. 6, reports USA Today. His car struck a guard rail in …

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NASCAR 101: Geoff Bodine Helps Make Olympic Dreams Come True

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The 2016 Summer Olympics begin this week (well, began, since certain events’ preliminary stages started Wednesday), which is, of course, yet another sport with which NASCAR must contend for sports fans’ TV-viewing habits, especially given NBC’s rights to the games coupled with its current airing of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY series races through the end …

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NASCAR 101: How Often Does the Same Driver Win Both of a Track’s Races?

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Make no mistake: Kurt Busch has a resonant history at Pocono Raceway. After winning at the track last June, the elder Busch brother now has three wins in 30 starts, along with 13 top 5s, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 14.7. Those stats place him in the upper echelon among active drivers; in …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Run the Indy 500 AND the Brickyard 400?

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When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contested the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, it was a momentous occasion for one reason and one reason alone: it was a NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Has the novelty worn off since then? Sure, maybe a little. But the fact still remains: a track with as rich …

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NASCAR 101: First 5 Kentucky Winners? Probably Not the Same as the Next 5

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In 2011, Kentucky Speedway got what track officials had been dreaming of for a decade: a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Now it’s 2016. Five years ago, the inaugural Quaker State 400 was contested, and Saturday’s race, the 18th of the 2016 Cup season, marks the sixth in the track’s still-relatively-short history. With its addition, …

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NASCAR 101: Daytona, Talladega Become Place to Be for One-Offs

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OK, picture this: a NASCAR national series where you don’t really know who’s going to show up each week. Entries vary by track, whether it’s by type of speedway or from a regional standpoint, with, say, Michigan drivers building a car and saddling up for a race in their home state, or a Southwest-based team dropping …

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