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NASCAR 101: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Hendrick Motorsports Legacy

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season last Tuesday (April 25), it was no surprise it came with Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick by his side, since that’s the team for which Earnhardt currently drives in the Cup Series. However, here’s …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Oldest Drivers on the NASCAR Circuit

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

There was this very dumb, extremely unfounded story going around the Internet earlier this week claiming that Matt Kenseth was going to be retiring, either immediately or at the end of the season, depending on who you asked. It was debunked almost immediately, with the actual press conference Wednesday (April 19) being some actual good …

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NASCAR 101: Is An Early Week Off Good or Bad for Your Points Leader?

(Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Seven races in, Kyle Larson is looking like the driver to beat in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This weekend should be yet another notch on his belt on the way to a playoff berth and potential first title. Or… it would be, if the series wasn’t off this week. The week of April …

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NASCAR 101: The First Race at Texas Motor Speedway

(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

(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

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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?

(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

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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

(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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