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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2017, Revisited

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

NASCAR 101 dives into quite a few statistics-based stories throughout each season, with 2017 no exception. From pole winners to series debuts, drivers from outside the United States to the oldest drivers on the circuit, there’s plenty to talk about from February to November, much of which doesn’t even leave the cutting room floor. Instead …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2017?

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Time for another game of sifting through the long list of NASCAR national series drivers who didn’t make an appearance in 2017! After beginning this series in 2015 and continuing in 2016, this space will again chronicle the list of competitors who ran in one of the three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, …

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NASCAR 101: Race Winners Have Better Starting Positions (On Average) in 2017

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Talk is often made in NASCAR — or any form of auto racing, really — about winning a race from the pole position. After all, it’s part of running what could be considered a perfect race: qualifying faster than anyone else and then holding that lead to the checkered flag. Generally a driver loses the …

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NASCAR 101: How’s NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program Done So Far?

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The news of Darrell Wallace Jr.’s full-time move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 was met with a fair share of excited NASCAR fans, some of whom have been waiting for Wallace’s breakout on the national NASCAR stage since he ran his first races in the XFINITY Series five years ago. And …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make Their Cup Debut Before the End of 2017

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Chances are you’re focusing more — if not completely — on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle that’s wrapping up in a month, and rightfully so, since it seems like it could be quite the nail-biter once all is said and done. That said, five races remain in the 2017 Cup season, and …

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NASCAR 101: 25 Years In Between Cup Starts

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This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway marks the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start of the season for Mark Thompson. It’s also his first start of the decade… and his first of the century. Thompson, 66, is likely familiar to those who follow the ARCA Racing Series or even the last few seasons of the …

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NASCAR 101: The Decline of NASCAR’s Team Count

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For an extremely brief moment earlier this week, a new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team had joined the fray. StarCom Racing’s No. 00 showed up on the entry list for Dover International Speedway with Derrike Cope as its driver, becoming the 40th entry for the race. However, by Tuesday night, Cope and co. had …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Advantage of XFINITY’s Last Standalone Race of 2017

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Time’s sure flown by when it comes to the 2017 NASCAR season, and it’s possible that’s no more prevalent anywhere else than in the XFINITY Series, which runs its final standalone race of the year this weekend. The series travels to Kentucky Speedway for a night race Saturday, Sept. 23, its last event of 2017 …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Will Stand Out in the Cup Playoffs

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Last weekend at Richmond Raceway, NASCAR set the field for the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a lineup of drivers that consisted of 2017 race winners and three drivers who pointed their way in. All 16 drivers had a regular season that made them worthy of making the playoffs, but only one …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Drivers Most Likely to Win Their Way Into Cup Playoffs

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The race to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs ends up a bit more one-dimensional this year than in select past seasons in that there’s really only one story to follow: the race-winning spoiler. Entering the final regular season race of 2017 at Richmond Raceway, 13 drivers have punched their ticket into the …

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