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Did You Notice? … The Changing Face Of NASCAR Sponsorship

Daytona 500 Cup Matt Kenseth 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Did You Notice? … The deal Dollar General had with Joe Gibbs Racing runs fewer and farther between in this sport? I took a look at the 2001 full-time Sprint Cup grid, the first year the series went to 36 races and looked at how many teams signed a primary sponsor for the same number …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Most Improved Driver of 2016… And Most Dominant

2016 Fontana CUP Austin Dillon Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Jimmie Johnson has won a Sprint Cup race at Dover in six of the past seven seasons? It’s a streak of remarkable consistency in line with Johnson’s overall dominance at the Monster Mile. In total, Johnson has won seven times at this one-mile oval since the start of the 2009 season. How …

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Did You Notice? … Steering NASCAR’s Safety Discussion Post-Talladega

2016 Talladega I CUP multicar crash John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Jim Utter’s comments on SIRIUS XM Tuesday morning expressing confusion about how more wasn’t made of steering wheels coming off race cars after Talladega? One of Motorsport.com‘s main editors made reference to the fact there was an uproar about restrictor plate racing safety, an issue that’s been front and center to various degrees for …

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Did You Notice? … Talladega Truly Is Unpredictable

2016 Daytona I CUP Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Logan whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Did You Notice? … Talladega truly is the most unpredictable race on the NASCAR circuit? OK, I know you hear that all the time. But let’s take a look at the type of upsets that have occurred here the last seven years…. Spring 2009. Brad Keselowski wins in a James Finch-owned car that’s a single-car program, only went full-time …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Homogeny & Early Racing Death

2016 Las Vegas CUP Clint Bowyer Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Only four different engine combinations are currently in position to make NASCAR’s Chase? A quick look at the top 16 gives us the following breakdown…. Hendrick Motorsports: 7 Joe Gibbs Racing (via TRD): 5 Team Penske (via Roush Yates motors): 2 Richard Childress Racing (Earnhardt Childress motors): 2 In a modern racing world where multi-car efforts have increasingly …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s 2016 Season Has A Green-Flag Feel?

Ricky Stenhouse Jr Crash Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Did You Notice? … No Sprint Cup race has had more than eight caution flags all season? The 51 laps we ran under yellow at Martinsville were the fewest for that track since 1996; overall, the number of slowdowns have dropped significantly for the first six events. TOTAL CAUTION FLAGS – FIRST SIX RACES 2007: 58 2008: 66 2009: 59 2010: 56 2011: 56 …

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Did You Notice? … Tony Stewart Could Easily Still Make The Chase

Tony Stewart Bank of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Did You Notice? … Five races into the 2016 season the door is still wide open for Tony Stewart to make the Chase? Certainly, there’s a lot that would have to happen; the three-time Sprint Cup champion isn’t even expected to return to the series until May. The sabbatical leaves him out for about 12 …

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Did You Notice? … The Death Of The NASCAR DNF

2015 Atlanta CUP Kevin Harvick engine practice credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: Getty Images)

Did You Notice? … That in the first five races more cars are avoiding mechanical failure than ever before? One of the storylines in the midst of NASCAR’s new rules, a package that has brought much needed passing and unpredictability back into racing has been the ability of cars to go the distance regardless of circumstances. …

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Did You Notice?… The Wood Brothers’ Sudden Resurgence?

2016 Phoenix I NXS Kyle Busch celebrates Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice?… Kyle Busch‘s NASCAR XFINITY Series dominance? Well, sure, you probably have, even if you haven’t actually watched any of the races, since it’s been quite the topic across social media, NASCAR forums and elsewhere. In three 2016 starts, all coming in the last three races, Busch is batting 1,000, relinquishing Victory Lane only …

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Did You Notice? … The Band’s Back Together

2016 Atlanta Motor Speedway NSCS Martin Truex Jr. credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Did You Notice? … That the old band’s back together again? That’s the hidden story surrounding Cole Pearn’s suspension this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, was issued the suspension after the team was given notice pre-race for roof-flap issues in back-to-back …

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