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NASCAR 101: Who Can Win with 3 to Go Before the Chase?

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Let’s talk about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase to the Championship, because there’s only three more races before it begins. Yeah, for 2016 there are three different Chases across the three national touring series, with the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series also closing in on setting their fields for their inaugural post-season situations. …

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NASCAR 101: First-Win Fever, Or 5 More Possible Victory Lane First-Timers

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Two races. Two first-time winners. That’s the case in NASCAR’s national series its last two events. On Wednesday (Aug. 17), Ben Kennedy pulled into Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series, emerging victorious for the first time in his career. Just four days prior, Justin Marks was the winner in …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Road Courses That Once Had Cup Races

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NASCAR has never visited many road courses in its near 70-year history. In fact, archival website Racing Reference has recorded only 11 road courses ever visited for the Sprint Cup Series, and there hasn’t been a new one since 1989. Think about that: almost 30 years of racing at just the same two tracks, once a …

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NASCAR 101: Geoff Bodine Helps Make Olympic Dreams Come True

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The 2016 Summer Olympics begin this week (well, began, since certain events’ preliminary stages started Wednesday), which is, of course, yet another sport with which NASCAR must contend for sports fans’ TV-viewing habits, especially given NBC’s rights to the games coupled with its current airing of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY series races through the end …

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NASCAR 101: How Often Does the Same Driver Win Both of a Track’s Races?

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Make no mistake: Kurt Busch has a resonant history at Pocono Raceway. After winning at the track last June, the elder Busch brother now has three wins in 30 starts, along with 13 top 5s, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 14.7. Those stats place him in the upper echelon among active drivers; in …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Run the Indy 500 AND the Brickyard 400?

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When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contested the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, it was a momentous occasion for one reason and one reason alone: it was a NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Has the novelty worn off since then? Sure, maybe a little. But the fact still remains: a track with as rich …

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NASCAR 101: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Season Isn’t Over

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be missing the race at New Hampshire this weekend due to concussion symptoms. But thankfully for members of Junior Nation, not all hope is lost. Sure, Earnhardt is currently 13th in points before missing any races, but NASCAR history is littered with stories of drivers coming back from injury just as good, …

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NASCAR 101: First 5 Kentucky Winners? Probably Not the Same as the Next 5

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In 2011, Kentucky Speedway got what track officials had been dreaming of for a decade: a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Now it’s 2016. Five years ago, the inaugural Quaker State 400 was contested, and Saturday’s race, the 18th of the 2016 Cup season, marks the sixth in the track’s still-relatively-short history. With its addition, …

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NASCAR 101: Daytona, Talladega Become Place to Be for One-Offs

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OK, picture this: a NASCAR national series where you don’t really know who’s going to show up each week. Entries vary by track, whether it’s by type of speedway or from a regional standpoint, with, say, Michigan drivers building a car and saddling up for a race in their home state, or a Southwest-based team dropping …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Road Ringers Who Actually Made An Impact

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It’s been a slow descent for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from having bona fide, competitive road course ringers entered in its events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, to continuing to buy into the illusion that said ringers still had a shot at a top five, let alone a win, at one of …

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