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Did You Notice?: Kyle Busch Is On Pace To Make More NASCAR History?

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Did You Notice? … Kyle Busch has hit 50 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories? That number ties him for 11th all-time at just 33 years of age. So much has been made of Busch challenging Richard Petty’s record of 200 career wins when you compile his totals in all three major NASCAR series. He’s …

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Did You Notice?: Stage Points, Playoff Points Protect NASCAR Title Contenders

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Did You Notice? … How stage points, even on a driver’s worst day, can minimize the damage during the NASCAR playoffs? Brad Keselowski may have won the battle Sunday (Sept. 16) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it’s the Big Three whose efforts keep winning the war. It was a difficult day behind Keselowski for the trio …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Newest 4-Alarm Fire, Furniture Row

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Did You Notice? … The sport’s reigning NASCAR championship team won’t even exist in 2019? Tuesday’s announcement (Sept. 4) Furniture Row Racing will shut down this November should send chills down the spine of every racing owner. A sport that for years dealt with mounting financial wounds through indifference or simply covering them up suddenly had …

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Did You Notice?: BK Racing NASCAR Sale Underwhelming Compared To Other Sports

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Did You Notice? … How little a NASCAR sale of a charter is worth? After months of bids, a North Carolina court revealed the winning bid for BK Racing in bankruptcy court was $2.08 million. Front Row Motorsports will take over the charter and most other assets; two other teams purchased other, small portions to raise …

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Did You Notice?: The Odd NASCAR Career Of Jamie McMurray?

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Did You Notice? … Jamie McMurray’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career could be entering its final stages? Rumors broke this past weekend Kurt Busch could replace him in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 car next season. Both drivers refused to comment extensively, but it’s been revealed McMurray is in the last year of his current deal. …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Eerie New Sound — Silence — Post-Brian France

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Did You Notice? … The eerie silence surrounding NASCAR’s executive offices right now? 36 hours after NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced a leave of absence, there’s nothing official to digest other than a tersely worded, two-line statement installing Jim France as the sport’s interim CEO. Driving under the influence and possession of a controlled …

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Did You Notice?: A Historic Level Of NASCAR Dominance By A Select Few

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Did You Notice? … The degree to which the Big Three have dominated the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have now won a whopping 16 of 21 races thus far. That’s 76 percent of the total and the trio shows no sign of slowing down. Just how rare is …

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Did You Notice?: Bumping is Racing in 2018

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Did You Notice? … That racing is getting serious lately? In a sport that is regularly placed in a shadow of its past (then again, what isn’t?) it is always important to have a solid show on the racetrack each week. And though we have arguably seen that more times than not in 2018, nobody will …

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Did You Notice?: Loudon’s Lonely Spot On The NASCAR Schedule

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Did You Notice? … Loudon’s lonely spot within the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? The 25th anniversary of New Hampshire Motor Speedway earning a Cup date is coinciding with its schedule getting cut in half. Loudon had one date, of course, from 1993 – 1996 before owner Bob Bahre conspired in a deal that changed the …

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Did You Notice?: How Fast Are NASCAR’s Young Drivers Winning?

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Did You Notice? … The sigh of relief among NASCAR officials the second Erik Jones reached Victory Lane? Jones is just the third 20-something driver to win this year, joining Austin Dillon (Daytona) and Joey Logano (Talladega). All of them have won at restrictor plate races, known for parity and a different type of driver skill. …

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