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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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Did You Notice? There’s No I in Team, But There Is in Driver

(Photo: Randy Lanning)

Did You Notice? How the Next Gen car’s change to single lug nuts for its wheels is just the latest example of how stock car racing is deviating further and further away from being a “team” sport?  Let’s just ignore for a second that going to a single lug nut removes one of the very …

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Did You Notice?: Jacques Debris Has Gone Missing in 2020

Las Vegas Cup 2020 race

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Did You Notice? …That while specific new venues have remained in the realm of speculation regarding the much-anticipated 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, perhaps the most significant development yet was publicized quietly earlier this week? The Sports Business Journal‘s Adam Stern reported Monday (Feb. 24) that a number of current NASCAR Cup venues will be …

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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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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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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 pic.twitter.com/ZoldabKy9M — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019 Speculation about Johnson’s retirement has run rampant since primary …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Championship Leaves Non-Playoff Teams Fighting For Scraps

Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto are solid picks for the 2021 Busch Clash Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … The focus on the NASCAR championship has made non-playoff teams more irrelevant than ever? Over 15 years into the concept of a postseason and six years into the current format, drivers failing to make the playoffs are struggling to gain any momentum once the final 10 races begin. We saw this development …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Parity Producing a Tiresome Championship 4?

Kevin Harvick while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Did You Notice? … The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 could be an exact replica of 2018? Two of last year’s drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, have already qualified by winning in this year’s Round of 8. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, meanwhile, hold at least a 20-point edge over their …

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Did You Notice?: Joey Logano’s Historic Martinsville Mayhem & 2020 is Austin Dillon’s Make-or-Break Year

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Did You Notice? … Joey Logano has had season-defining moments at Martinsville Speedway in four of the past five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fall races? The latest occurred Sunday (Oct. 27) in the First Data 500 with his late-race contact turned shoving match with Denny Hamlin. The incident has resulted in a suspension of a …

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