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NASCAR 101: Jimmie Johnson’s 2 Wins to Start the Season Put Him in Good Company

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Jimmie Johnson has two of the first six wins of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and that’s something to which he’s quite accustomed. After all, in the last five seasons, he has the most wins of any driver during that time span. Beginning in 2012, Johnson has accrued five wins during the first …

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NASCAR 101: First-Time Wins Among Active Drivers

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Things this week started off innocently enough: who of NASCAR’s current active drivers (for these purposes, those still competing in one of the three national series) had scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway? You’d think it’d be a decently sized number. After all, recent races at the track in the …

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NASCAR 101: Open Wheel Drivers Who Made the Leap to NASCAR

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A report by Autoweek this week brought to light an intriguing rumor in the NASCAR world: Kimi Raikkonen, one-time Formula 1 champion, may be mulling a move to American stock car racing for 2017, departing from the open wheel racing series in which he has competed for what is now his 14th season. It’s all speculation and rumors …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Won with Movie or TV Show Sponsors

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

What’s your favorite movie? Do you like comedies, dramas, sitcoms, chick flicks? OK, not that it really matters; all movies are great. But, have you ever noticed how often a movie-sponsored racecar goes to Victory Lane in NASCAR? Whenever one is entered in the field it seems like there’s a good chance it’ll cross the finish line …

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NASCAR 101: When’s Your Favorite NASCAR Driver’s Birthday?

And now, among the heavier aspects of 2016’s NASCAR like certain CEOs endorsing presidential candidates, much to-do made over a driver who just can’t get enough of dipping down into the XFINITY Series and a driving package that has received mostly positive reviews despite often declining TV ratings, here’s a bright spot for your week …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Teams Who Were Sponsored by Presidential Candidates

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So, who are you voting for?! OK, no need to actually let us know. But you can probably find out other NASCAR fans’ opinions on the matter if you search the comment sections of news articles on NASCAR CEO Brian France’s very public endorsement of presidential hopeful Donald Trump at a rally earlier this week. …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the 5 New Nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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By now, you’ve probably seen the list: 20 NASCAR personalities, ranging from drivers and owners to crew chiefs and TV broadcasters, are under consideration for the 2017 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame following the 2016 induction last month. All told, five will be admitted entrance into the Charlotte shrine, joining everyone from Dale …

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NASCAR 101: So, What Else Is New?

Silly Season practically begins halfway through the previous season every year, and chances are you’ve heard the narratives of drivers like Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer and Brian Scott (and more!) plenty by now, so much so that you’re practically an expert when it comes to the driver and team changes that have permeated the discussion …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Come Back to NASCAR This Year?

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Here’s an interesting thought: How many drivers who raced in one of NASCAR’s national series in 2014 didn’t in 2015? It’s certainly intriguing to think about. Each year, hundreds of drivers make their way through the top three series, whether it’s as a full-time competitor, a one-off racer or somewhere in between. Of those, most …

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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

(Photo Credit: Beth Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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