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NASCAR 101: The First Race at Texas Motor Speedway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Thursday, April 6, marked the 20th anniversary of the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway. As the circuit travels to the Fort Worth track this weekend, here is a look back at the inaugural Texas race in 1997. The Jim Carrey movie Liar Liar topped the box office charts …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the Teens Running This Weekend’s Martinsville Truck Race

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

Storylines abound when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Martinsville Speedway, whether it’s the first or second visit of the season. Each has its own allure. The spring date is the first race back after a multi-week sabbatical for the series that used to see the circuit dormant from the season-opening event at Daytona …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best on the West Coast Swing


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Let’s talk about NASCAR’s West Coast swing. Or NASCAR Goes West. Or, I dunno, Excuse to Get Some Better Mexican Food Than the East Coast Can Offer. Is that last part right? Asking for a friend. Anyway, jump back in time briefly to 2015. That year, NASCAR introduced its string of three races on the West …

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NASCAR 101: Who Wants to Be a Dash 4 Cash Millionaire?

The XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday kicks off the series’ Dash 4 Cash program, which consists of four races each season and awards the highest finishing XFINITY regular $100,000 for being the top finisher amongst regulars in that event. It marks the first time Phoenix is participating in the program. Any driver …

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NASCAR 101: Ford’s Won The Clash, the Daytona 500 & Race 2 — Has That Ever Happened?

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(Photo: Lesley Ann Miller/NKP)

Ford has been on fire to start the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season. Joey Logano kicked the season off by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona for the Blue Oval. Then, Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 in nail-biting fashion in his first race for Ford since 2005. Most recently, new Ford driver …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Drivers Who Won the First 2 Cup Races of the Season


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When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ventures to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, everyone will be chasing Kurt Busch, who leads the point standings after pulling into Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening Daytona 500. That’s not just because of early-season momentum the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing bunch undoubtedly has after …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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NASCAR 101: A Chase Game of ‘What If?’

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(Photo: Matthew T Thacker / NKP)

Time to play an incredibly pointless but vaguely interesting game of ‘what if?’ Oh, good, already lost half of you. Whatever, it’s the end of the season. We’ll get through this. So, entering this Sunday’s conclusion to the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, four drivers are vying for a chance at …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2016?


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Last year before the season-ending NASCAR action at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this space chronicled the stories of a few drivers who, after coming to the track and racing in 2014, did not, for whatever reason, do so in 2015. Interesting enough concept, so why not try it again? With just races at Homestead and Phoenix International …

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NASCAR 101: William Byron & the 77th-Place Points Finish

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

77th. That’s probably not a number or position on the mind of William Byron — or, really, anyone else — in 2016. Instead, it’s been more like the number one. Or first. You get the idea. Because that’s where Byron, a rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been …

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