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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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DEWALT Expands Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Partnership

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Matt Kenseth and DEWALT Tools continue to expand their partnership in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as the company and Joe Gibbs Racing announced a sponsorship extension today (June 30) for 2016 and beyond. DEWALT will now adorn Kenseth’s No. 20 for four additional races in 2016 and will expand its primary sponsorship to 15 races …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Road Ringers Who Actually Made An Impact

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It’s been a slow descent for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from having bona fide, competitive road course ringers entered in its events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, to continuing to buy into the illusion that said ringers still had a shot at a top five, let alone a win, at one of …

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NASCAR 101: The New(ish) Faces You’ll See This Weekend at Iowa

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There was a time in NASCAR when a standalone race in the XFINITY or Camping World Truck series wasn’t an oddity in the sport. Back then, there was a healthy split between race weekends where the lower series joined the Sprint Cup Series at the same track and those when either series might race elsewhere …

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