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Did You Notice?: Bubba Wallace, NASCAR, Toyota & The Denny Hamlin-Michael Jordan Bromance

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Did You Notice? … Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan are teaming up to form a NASCAR Cup Series team in 2021? They’ll run Toyotas with Bubba Wallace as the driver, announcing the move and the purchase of Germain Racing’s charter on Monday night (Sept. 21). It’s a move rumored for weeks, and its reality creates the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Ross Chastain Plus Chip Ganassi Equals What in 2021?

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1. Ross Chastain Secures a Second Chance Ross Chastain‘s career has finally come full circle with Chip Ganassi Racing. Almost two years after his career nearly collapsed, the team announced Sept. 21 Chastain will drive its No. 42 full time in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning with the 2021 Daytona 500. The move ends a …

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Germain Racing Sells NASCAR Charter, Will Close After 2020 Season

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Germain Racing announced Monday (Sept. 21) it has sold its NASCAR Cup Series charter for 2021. The move means the No. 13 team will close at the end of the year after more than a decade at the sport’s top level. The move was first announced through the team’s Twitter page. Statement from Bob Germain …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Prospects Need Patience… & Potential Rides

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Did You Notice? … Brandon Jones won his third race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season at Darlington Raceway? Jones capitalized on a wreck in front of him, when the top two cars driven by Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain hit the wall heading to the white-flag lap. But Jones put himself in position to win …

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Late Contact Allows Brandon Jones to Sneak Past, Win NASCAR Xfinity Race at Darlington

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Brandon Jones put himself in position to win Saturday afternoon (Sept. 5) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Lady in Black combined with Lady Luck to take care of the rest. Jones charged past Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin to win the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway. He was the beneficiary when …

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Did You Notice?: 3 NASCAR Legends Forever Stuck at 7 Titles

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Did You Notice? … Jimmie Johnson’s 2020 playoff miss means he’ll officially end his NASCAR Cup Series career without an eighth championship. The 44-year-old Johnson, retiring at the end of the season, will remain tied with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty at seven. This trio of NASCAR Hall of Famers had one thing in common: …

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Did You Notice?: Remaining NASCAR Silly Season Questions for 2021

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Silly Season is heating up as the 2020 Cup Series regular season winds down? Corey LaJoie announced last week he won’t be returning to the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, opening up another ride in a rapidly evolving NASCAR garage area. Let’s take a look at where each Cup team …

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Did You Notice?: Monster Moment For Jimmie Johnson in Final NASCAR Season

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Did You Notice? … This coming weekend feels like Jimmie Johnson’s last stand? Three races remain in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, and Johnson still sits on the outside of the postseason looking in. The future Hall of Famer, who once had 15 straight postseason appearances, sits 25 points below the cutline in his last …

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Did You Notice: Old Dog, New Tricks? Kevin Harvick Rewriting NASCAR History at 44

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Did You Notice? … Kevin Harvick is on pace for a historic year? Harvick, who turned 44 years old in December, is rewriting the NASCAR history books for a driver his age. Consider how rare it is to begin with for an athlete to peak at this point in their career. Only one golfer older than …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Early Stages Turning Into Snoozers, Plus… Christopher Bell

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ONE: Christopher Bell’s Big Step Up The worst-kept secret in the NASCAR Cup Series was made official Monday (Aug. 10): Christopher Bell is getting promoted to Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20. The move was considered a mere formality after NASCAR owner Bob Leavine announced the sale of the No. 95 Toyota team Bell currently drives …

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