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Waid’s World: Surprise, Unheralded Winner Is Just 1 Part of All-Star Race Lore

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Graphic: Jared Haas

The NASCAR Cup Series’ All-Star Race scheduled for Texas Motor Speedway this weekend is an exhibition event that is designed to produce a combination of excitement and mayhem. To that end, it has undergone many format and rule changes to make it more challenging for the drivers and teams and more interesting for the fans. …

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Waid’s World: Charlotte Motor Speedway Is Product of a Visionary & ‘The P.T. Barnum of Racing’

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Graphic: Jared Haas

Early in my motorsports career, I used to confuse Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Howard A. “Humpy” Wheeler with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Cale Yarborough. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But consider this: They were about the same height, had similar stocky builds and sandy blonde hair. At a function where both wore suits and ties, I …

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Waid’s World: From Rebirth Through ‘Throwback,’ Darlington’s Tradition Lives On

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Graphic: Jared Haas

At the end of the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series season, Darlington Raceway was stripped of its tradition. The next year it would stage only one event – and it was not the venerated Southern 500, the classic stock car race that was born at Darlington in 1950. It is the oldest superspeedway race in NASCAR …

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Waid’s World: Hope One of NASCAR’s Old ‘Spring Fling’ Might Rise From Rubble

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Graphic: Jared Haas

For decades, about this time every year – when the Dogwoods and Azaleas are in full bloom throughout the South – the NASCAR Cup Series schedule consisted of three short track races and one that was at its oldest superspeedway, Richmond Raceway, sometimes either the second or third race of the year, was the season’s …

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Waid’s World: Old Martinsville Is, Again, Part of New NASCAR Look in 2021

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Graphic: Jared Haas

I freely admit I have an affinity for Martinsville Speedway, simply because it was the track at which I covered my first NASCAR Cup Series race. Additionally, it was the track’s principal officers who took me under their wings. They made sure my first steps as a motorsports journalist were positive ones headed in the …

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Waid’s World: It Took a While, but NASCAR is Going Dirt Track Racin’ One More Time

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Graphic: Jared Haas

In my estimation, the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 28 is the most anticipated event of the 2021 season. Heck, make that the most anticipated race of just about any season. I think you know why. Bristol, a high-banked, half-mile beast of a track — and one of the fans’ …

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Waid’s World: The Lure of 1st Vegas Race Wasn’t Competition, It Was Money

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Graphic: Jared Haas

The next stop for NASCAR is Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which always sparks images of clanging slot machines, crowded roulette tables and cards flopping down repeatedly at blackjack tables. Well, it does for me, anyway. When the media learned prior to the 1998 Winston Cup (now NASCAR Cup Series) season that NASCAR was going to …

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Waid’s World: Daytona 500 May Have Been Good Race, But Not Like Ones Many Remember

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Graphic: Jared Haas

This year’s Daytona 500 had many of the elements found in several of the past season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway. Excitement? Surely. Drama? Undeniable. Unpredictable events that altered the course of the race? Yes. Like it or not, multicar wrecks are always a part of any 500. A riveting finish? Oh, certainly. And as …

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Waid’s World: Daytona Experiences – A Harrowing Trip, Great Racing & A Lesson Learned

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Graphic: Jared Haas

When the Daytona 500 rolls around each year, I’m pretty much like everyone else. I eagerly anticipate what may happen and how it might well make a spirited debut to the new season. For 2021, things are tempered a bit. The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us, and as it was last year, everything is …

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Waid’s World: Yes, It’s Been a Strange Year for NASCAR, But Not the First One

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Graphic: Jared Haas

In my mind, there has never been a more changed, convoluted or stranger NASCAR season – across all its three major series – than in 2020. And I don’t have to tell you why. It can be explained simply: COVID-19. Schedules were altered like never before. Some races were not open to any fans and …

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