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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Drivers On The Hot Seat

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Did You Notice? … Each of the sport’s superteams this season has a driver who’s running behind the curve? 12 races into the year, 2020 has been a year of parity across the sport. Four drivers have already won twice (and Denny Hamlin has won three times). A total of five drivers are tied for the series lead …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Playoff Paybacks Piling Up

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ONE: Bristol Takes NASCAR All-Star Race … To Thunderous Applause On paper, a June 15 announcement the NASCAR All-Star Race would move to Bristol Motor Speedway next month was due to rising COVID-19 infections. North Carolina has seen a recent spike in cases, making it near impossible a mid-July event staged for the fans could actually …

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Did You Notice?: In NASCAR, Black Lives Matter? No Confederate Flag? A Sea Change in How the Sport is Run

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR, in just the past seven days, has enthusiastically joined the Black Lives Matter movement. Bubba Wallace, in a CNN appearance Monday night (June 8), said the sport needs to ban confederate flags, for decades a symbol of its southern roots. And Kirk Price, an African-American official, was celebrated, not criticized, as he …

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Did You Notice? Nice Guy Chase Elliott Getting Short End Of NASCAR Stick

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Did You Notice? Chase Elliott‘s most famous NASCAR moments are being on the losing end of battles with two Joe Gibbs Racing rivals? NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver is finding out no amount of screaming fans can keep him from being nudged out of the way in crunch time. The second incident occurred Wednesday night (May 20) …

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Did You Notice?: Rick Ware Racing Latest Consolidation of Dwindling NASCAR Ownership

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Did You Notice? … Rick Ware Racing suddenly has more NASCAR Cup Series team alliances than Joe Gibbs Racing? The underdog operation has agreed in principle to a purchase of Premium Motorsports. FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass reported the move in a Twitter post Wednesday that consolidates the back half of the Cup garage. Had a …

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One Last NASCAR Comeback: Can Matt Kenseth Defy the Odds at Age 48?

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Matt Kenseth dropped a NASCAR bombshell Monday (April 27) by announcing another comeback. He’ll drive Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 in place of the banished Kyle Larson and run full-time once again at age 48. NASCAR typically doesn’t grant playoff waivers for drivers who voluntarily missed the season’s first four races, but chances are they’ll let Kenseth become championship-eligible.

One N-word, One NASCAR Career Self-Destructed by Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson spent much of the past decade hyped as NASCAR’s next great breakout superstar. Easter Sunday, in a matter of seconds, he broke through — as that driver who said the N-word. In just one sentence, the earthquake attached will forever rattle Larson’s career resume. Will NASCAR’s 2020 momentum wind up fractured along with …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2020 NASCAR Coronavirus Change

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1. NASCAR Coronavirus Postponements Make History The NASCAR coronavirus decision Monday (March 16) to postpone stock car racing for two months is unprecedented. It’s just the second time this century a NASCAR Cup Series race has been pushed back outside of weather delays. And after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the sport took …

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Did You Notice?: Ryan Newman Rewrites A NASCAR Nightmare… 19 Years Later

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Did You Notice? … It’s been 19 years since we lost Dale Earnhardt Sr. on February 18, 2001? Ryan Newman’s wreck in the 2020 Daytona 500 brought back the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) of that nightmare across America. It’s easy to forget an entire generation of race fans never experienced Earnhardt’s death. But for those who …

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President Donald Trump Addresses Crowd, Starts Engines For 62nd Daytona 500

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For the first time since 2004, the President of the United States has attended a NASCAR event. President Donald Trump landed at Daytona Beach International Airport, then drove his motorcade on the racetrack before addressing the crowd and giving the command to start engines for the 62nd annual Daytona 500. Trump’s Air Force One brought …

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