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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement Following 2017 Season

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver, is retiring following the 2017 season. Hendrick Motorsports announced the decision Tuesday morning, shortly after Earnhardt himself addressed his No. 88 team with the news. A press conference will be held later this afternoon with Earnhardt and team principals. Health has become a major question mark for …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Food City 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Matt Kenseth’s day looked about done when the 2003 champion ran afoul of a speeding penalty on pit road on lap 386 and had to start at the tail end of the field on the ensuring restart. Kenseth ended up racing back up to the front over the …

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The Big 6 (Actually 4): Questions Answered After The Start Of The NASCAR Season

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Who… gets my shoutout of the season so far? Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson have both just been on it all season. Keselowski isn’t that surprising. But with Hendrick Motorsports struggling a bit last year and Toyota prone to maybe taking a step back after dominating the last two seasons, the time was ripe for …

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Monster Energy All-Star Race Format Revealed

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On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR announced the new format for this season’s Monster Energy All-Star Race. The race will once again be held in stages. The first three will consist of 20 laps, and the final stage will be 10 laps. However, for the first time since 2003, there will be eliminations in the All-Star Race. …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 STP 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The Martinsville Speedway has been a great racetrack for JTG Daugherty Racing. AJ Allmendinger finished second in the spring race last season and 10th in the fall race. It shouldn’t be surprising that both Allmendinger and teammate Chris Buescher both performed well on Sunday. Allmendinger finished sixth, coming back after …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Daniel Suarez was a non-factor for most of the day at the Auto Club Speedway, but he made it count in the final stage of the race. The No. 19 Toyota went down a lap during the caution-free second stage of the race. But the rookie took the …

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Kyle Larson Beats Joey Logano In Wild Fontana Shootout

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Kyle Larson emerged victorious in the Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway after a near 20 lap duel with Joey Logano ended in a wild restart. Logano was arguably the best driver in the field, coming back from pit road problems twice to lead the race. The first time was for speeding on pit …

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Joey Logano Wins XFINITY Series Pole At Fontana

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Joey Logano will start on pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. Logano ran a blistering fast lap at 39.440 seconds (182.556 mph) for the 32nd career pole and his third at the Fontana oval. Daniel Hemric had never even turned a lap at the track until Friday’s first …

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NASCAR TV Ratings Drop for Cup Phoenix Date

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Another week, another downward-trending television rating for the NASCAR Cup Series. This week, however, there is a good reason for it. Sunday’s race at the Phoenix International Speedway was watched by 5.4 million viewers and attained a 3.3 rating, as reported by Sports Business Daily, down from 6.6 million viewers and a 4.0 rating last season. …

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