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Noah Gragson, JR Motorsports Roll To 2020 Daytona NASCAR Xfinity Series Victory

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Noah Gragson took his lumps during a winless rookie season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. But it took just one race at Daytona International Speedway to ensure that wouldn’t become a sophomore slump. Gragson’s first NXS win came in Saturday’s (Feb. 15) 2020 NASCAR Experience 300 at Daytona. He took the checkered flag under caution …

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Grant Enfinger Holds Off Jordan Anderson To Win 2020 NASCAR Truck Series Opener


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Grant Enfinger won the 2019 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series regular season points title. But he never could win a race, failing to advance past the first round of the playoffs. He entered Friday’s (Feb. 14) season opener at Daytona International Speedway winless since September 2018 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Not anymore. …

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Joey Logano, Fords Forge to the Front in First 2020 Bluegreen Vacations Duel


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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the fastest Chevrolet in Thursday’s (Feb. 13) first 2020 Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona. Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney caused the race’s only caution. But Joey Logano blasted by both of them, using a push from Aric Almirola to forge to the front and win the first Daytona 500 qualifying race. …

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Did You Notice? The Key to NASCAR 2020: Looking Fetch

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR remains an aging demographic? At a time when all sports are trying to retain that crucial audience of 18-to-34-year-olds, getting younger remains racing’s biggest challenge. As recently as 2017, 57% of NASCAR TV viewers were over the age of 55. In the sport’s championship finale that year, just 22% of viewers …

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Erik Jones Wins NASCAR Demolition Derby Turned 2020 Busch Clash


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Erik Jones spent most of the 2020 Busch Clash languishing outside the draft after missing his pit box. Then, as the laps wound down, he was a pinball in multiple wrecks. But when the curtain closed on NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition turned Demolition Derby, Jones was somehow the last man standing. Jones crossed the finish line …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earns Pole Position For 2020 Daytona 500


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New team for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.? No problem. The former restrictor plate ace continued his strength Sunday (Feb. 9) at Daytona and Talladega while putting his car on the pole for the 2020 Daytona 500. Stenhouse spent much of the session as much as a half-second faster than the rest of the field before some …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Aric Almirola


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2019 was supposed to be the year Aric Almirola shed his Cinderella label for a different identity: blue-chip contender. One of 2018’s biggest surprises, Almirola took over a car piloted to years of mediocrity by Danica Patrick and left it on the doorstep of the Championship 4. A win at Talladega Superspeedway catapulted him into …

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Did You Notice?: For Jimmie Johnson, 2020 Was the Right Time for NASCAR Retirement


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Did You Notice? … For Jimmie Johnson, 2020 is the right time to call it quits. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion announced Wednesday (Nov. 20) on Twitter next season will be his last. #Chasing8 one final time — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019 Speculation about Johnson’s retirement has run rampant since primary …

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