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Chase Elliott, William Byron to Change Car Numbers for 2018

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Two of NASCAR’s young drivers are switching numbers. For the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, William Byron and Chase Elliott will pilot the Nos. 24 and 9, respectively, for Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced Tuesday, Aug. 29. That announcement means Byron, who has driven the No. 9 in the XFINITY and Camping World …

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NASCAR 101: Michael McDowell’s Series-Leading Stat in 2017

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Kasey Kahne. Ryan Newman. Jeff Gordon. Jamie McMurray. Paul Menard. Those are the five drivers who have led a very specific statistic in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the last five seasons. Clearly it has nothing to do with the championship; none of these drivers have won one since 2001 (and Gordon’s the only one …

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NASCAR 101: William Byron’s Cup Trajectory? Not Too Irregular

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Is William Byron being rushed to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series too quickly? Nah. In fact, be surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Think about it this way: Byron, 19, comes as one of the hottest prospects in recent memory in NASCAR’s national series. He’s seemingly been well-funded, with Liberty University — the college Byron …

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NASCAR 101: How Will the Lowered Cup Driver Participation Cap Actually Affect XFINITY & Truck Series?

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It’s been a busy week in NASCAR, from the will-he-won’t-he news of Kurt Busch‘s Stewart-Haas Racing tenure to the usual Wednesday penalty report that this time bit Erik Jones following last weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway to the move of the overtime line to the start/finish line. But the talk of the town has undoubtedly …

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Ryan Preece Earns 1st XFINITY Series Win at Iowa

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NASCAR fans who watched the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season probably wouldn’t have expected Ryan Preece in Victory Lane in an XFINITY event anytime soon. That’s no knock on Preece’s driving ability, just his circumstances. In his first full-time season in a NASCAR national series, Preece finished 17th in points for Johnny Davis’ No. 01 …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Longest Winless Streaks Among Full-Time Cup Drivers

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Few things are more gratifying than breaking a negative streak. Bear that in mind if you wondered why Kasey Kahne‘s victory in the Brickyard 400 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last weekend found the driver and his team so elated in Victory Lane. Sure, it’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so a victory at the …

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Matt Crafton Conquers Eldora, Wins 1st Race of 2017 Truck Season

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Every time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Eldora Speedway, there’s talk of dirt track specialists, dirt track specialists and more dirt track specialists. But sometimes, the regulars prevail, too. Just ask Matt Crafton. In Wednesday night’s (July 19) Eldora Dirt Derby 150, the fifth held at the Ohio dirt track in the …

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Matt Kenseth: ‘As of Today, I Do Not Have a Job for Next Year’

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Matt Kenseth could be back in a car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He could not be. Right now, he’s not so sure. In a press conference at Kentucky Speedway Friday (July 7), Kenseth addressed his status for 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing, telling reporters he didn’t know what the future held. “I’m …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Who’ve Won in All 3 NASCAR National Series

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A triple-header weekend in NASCAR generally means we have to address at least one elephant in the room, one that decides to take it upon him or herself to run all three races in one weekend. Unsurprisingly, this weekend’s racing at Kentucky Speedway is no different. Kyle Busch will compete in all three national series …

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Brennan Poole Scores Daytona XFINITY Pole

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If Brennan Poole‘s looking to get his first career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, he’s off to a good start. The driver of the No. 48 won the pole for Friday’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, turning a lap of 182.949 mph in the final round of qualifying. Poole will be …

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