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NASCAR 101: 5 Former Drivers Who Traded the Helmet for the Microphone

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This weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway marks the first for newly retired NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the broadcast booth as he makes his debut for NBC Sports. Even though he has been in the booth at times before, such as in 2016 when he was sidelined due to a concussion suffered mid-season, this …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the 4 Drivers Making Their Truck Debuts at Gateway

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It’s summertime, which means the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will occasionally split from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and run some races on its own here and there. The third-tier series’ latest Cup-less edition comes this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, and as expected, the race’s entry list is full of some interesting …

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NASCAR 101: The Best at Each Cup Track (Without a Win)


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Last week, this space covered the NASCAR drivers who’ve won at the most tracks on the national series schedules. It was a largely Kyle Busch-dominated affair — and with good reason; after all, he’s won at all tracks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has competed on to date, with the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Who Have Won at the Most Tracks, 2018 Edition

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#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Red White & Blue wins

When Kyle Busch exited Charlotte Motor Speedway victorious in the Coca-Cola 600, it not only gave the driver of the No. 18 a victory in one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ crown jewel events that had long eluded him. It also meant he was finally a Charlotte winner. That’s important because prior to …

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NASCAR 101: Talking About Triangles

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series go to the Pocono Mountains this weekend for a weekend racing at Pocono Raceway, a 2.5-mile superspeedway in Long Pond, Pa., which has hosted many different racing series over the years. Unlike the vast majority of other stock-car race weekends, the shape cars will be …

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NASCAR 101: Kevin Harvick & the Quest for 10 (At Least!) Wins

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Guess it’s time to start reckoning with Kevin Harvick‘s 2018 season as a potential part of NASCAR history. The veteran’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season pre-All-Star break has been nothing short of spellbinding. Entering this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he’s won two straight races — three if you count his All-Star …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s How the All-Star Race Works This Year

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Look, I get it: you don’t know every little rule for this year’s All-Star Race. It’s not like they’re easy to remember. Sure, there were little alterations to the format here and there in the early days of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ annual all-star event, but these days, it can be tough to …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Winners, 10 Races


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10 races, 10 winners. That’s the case thus far in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season as the field begins its two-week break following last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Each race in 2018 has seen a different winner in Victory Lane, a combination of series regulars and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ringers …

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NASCAR 101: Racing on the Silver Screen

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About a month ago as part of the weekly Friday Faceoff, the Frontstretch staff debated about the best racing movie ever made. That got me thinking: What movies were part of fans’ first exposure to NASCAR as kids/teens/young adults? Maybe families members watched races and it was a family thing. Video games likely played a part, as …

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NASCAR 101: Kyle Busch & the 4-Race Cup Winning Streak

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For the 49th time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history, a driver has won at least three races in a row. That’s not meant to diminish the accomplishments of Kyle Busch, who is now on a three-race winning streak after pacing the field at Richmond Raceway. Instead, it’s worth pointing out the amount of …

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