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Did You Notice?: Hendrick Motorsports is the New Face of NASCAR Youth Movement

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon retired in November 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup Series championship. He was 44 years old. Just five years later, William Byron trounced the field at that same track Sunday (Feb. 28) to take Gordon’s former No. 24 car to victory lane at …

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Did You Notice?: A Cautionary Tale on NASCAR Road Courses

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Did You Notice? … This year’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course ran 12 of its 70 laps under caution? It adds up to 17% of Sunday’s race (Feb. 21), with only one green-flag run lasting more than 10 laps. The eight cautions were more than any road race outside of …

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Did You Notice?: Daytona’s Last-Lap Disaster for Team Penske

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Did You Notice? … How quickly the last lap of the Daytona 500 fell apart for Team Penske? 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champ Joey Logano crossed the line leading. Brad Keselowski was second, in position to end an 0-for-11 streak at a race he so badly wants knocked off his bucket list. The organization was staring …

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Did You Notice?: A NASCAR 2021 Push for Unity, After Division

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR is in position to grow exponentially as the 2021 season dawns, sitting four days before its biggest race, the Daytona 500. After an off-track push for new investors, racial justice and unity, the question is whether people with very different opinions can come together, embracing change as the sport reaches a …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR 2020 Tidbits And Loose Ends… It’s Not Just About The Championship 4

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR wasn’t just about the Championship 4 and Chase Elliott‘s first NASCAR title at the ripe old age of 24? Certainly, Elliott’s back-to-back wins to finish the year were impressive; he’s the third-youngest champion in NASCAR history. Elliott’s surging popularity should serve the sport well heading into a time of transition next …

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Did You Notice?: Martinsville Brought Chaotic Season to a Head

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Did You Notice? … As if the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season (and 2020 as a whole) hadn’t been chaotic enough and there wasn’t enough around the corner with the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday’s (Nov. 1) race at Martinsville Speedway injected a dose of adrenaline into the season and its playoffs. Let’s start …

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Did You Notice?: All-Time Weirdest NASCAR Rain Delays

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Did You Notice? … The rain delay at Texas Motor Speedway is extending into record-setting territory? As I write this column, we are on our third postponement of a race scheduled to run Sunday, Oct. 25. A misty light rain has fallen seemingly forever, pushing back the start to at least Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Diversity Takes Giant Leap Forward During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Did You Notice? … How far NASCAR diversity has come in just a few short months? Flash back to April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, and the viability of single-car teams (think: Richard Petty Motorsports / Bubba Wallace and Gaunt Brothers Racing / Daniel Suarez) was in doubt. Kyle Larson had just been …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Winless Droughts, How Jimmie Johnson’s Final Season Stacks Up & Anxiety Awareness

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Did You Notice?… With four races left in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, four drivers remain winless who won a race in 2019. That’s a relatively small number from year-to-year as the sport’s strongest teams and drivers have remained stable. Some of that could be due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting practice time for …

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Did You Notice?: Matt DiBenedetto Missing Modern-Day NASCAR Ingredients — Money & Connections

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Did You Notice? … Matt DiBenedetto will spend 2021 racing for his NASCAR survival… again? An Oct. 8 announcement DiBenedetto will remain with Wood Brothers Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021 was paired with the reality he’ll be kicked out by 2022. Ford made the decision to keep the 29-year-old driver in the iconic …

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