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Jeb Burton, Ray Black Jr. Lead Thursday XFINITY Daytona Practices

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Jeb Burton’s making just his second NASCAR XFINITY Series (or NASCAR national series as a whole) start of 2017, but he’s off to a good start. The part-time driver for JGL Racing’s No. 24 led first practice for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday (June 29) at a speed of 190.215 mph. …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the 5 Drivers Making Their Cup Debuts at Sonoma

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Remember the beginning of this month, when this column covered Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts and how they were up in 2017? Turns out we were just getting started. At that point, four drivers had (or were about to) make their series debuts in 2017, with the addition of Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Youngest First-Time Cup Winners

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When Ryan Blaney won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last Sunday at Pocono Raceway, he did so at the ripe old age of 23 years old. Which has to put him among the youngest winners ever in the series, right? …right? Well, yes, but also… not totally. I mean, look, with his win, …

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Ryan Newman Adds Velveeta Sponsorship

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing and Velveeta have announced a partnership that will continue through the remainder of the 2017 season. The company will adorn Newman’s No. 31 in select races this season as a primary and associate sponsor, beginning June 18 at Michigan International Speedway. The No. 31 will feature Velveeta in a primary …

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NASCAR 101: Cup Debuts Off to a Good (OK, Better) Start in 2017

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

There are two drivers making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts this weekend! No, listen. This is kind of cool. When the green flag falls at Dover International Speedway this Sunday in the Cup Series, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg will be part of the starting lineup for the first time in their racing …

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NASCAR 101: The 4 Drivers Attempting to Make Their 2017 XFINITY Debuts at Charlotte

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

Well, this sure hasn’t happened lately. For the first time since toward the beginning point of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, there are quite a few new faces filling out the entry list for this weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not that the series has been hurting for different blood. In each race …

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NASCAR Reveals 2018 Cup, XFINITY & Truck Schedules

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

If you were hoping some changes would be made to NASCAR’s national series with regards to its 2018 schedules, you’re in luck. Today (May 23), the sanctioning body announced the schedules for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series for the 2018 season. One of the …

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NASCAR 101: 2009, the Sprint Showdown

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade, USA Autostock)

The last time a Carl Long-owned team ran a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was 2009. Back then, Long, then 41, was on a part-time schedule in the series and in NASCAR as a whole, making intermittent starts in the XFINITY Series in addition to his Cup program. That year, he had …

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