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

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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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NASCAR 101: Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano an Instant Classic?

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Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano already one of the biggest moments in NASCAR’s history when it comes to driver feuds? It’s tough to proclaim something an instant classic or already infamous in the moment or shortly thereafter. Generally, emotions and feelings run so rampant that, once the euphoria wears off, one looks back on …

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NASCAR 101: Newcomers Completely & Utterly Invade Martinsville Truck Entry List

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Martinsville Speedway’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races? Easily the best of any track on the circuit these days to both discover and watch young talent. Which is not wholly surprising. Each season, it’s the first on the schedule that allows drivers 16 and 17 years old to race, and it’s also among the first …

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NASCAR 101: The Sprint Cup Series’ Best on Restarts

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Let’s say this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway ends with a green-white-checkered finish. Not a given, but not unlikely, either. In the last five years, the Sprint Cup Series has gone over the scheduled distance of 500 miles 10 times, while others – like last year’s Aaron’s 499, which was set up for a green-white-checkered until …

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NASCAR 101: Which Chaser Can Win Kansas?

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Let’s be frank: This weekend is the last normal chance for a driver to win his way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup’s penultimate round. And you already know what I mean. Next weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will descend upon Talladega Superspeedway in the final race of the Contender Round before NASCAR lops off …

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NASCAR 101: Are the Right Drivers Out of the Chase?

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You can say a great deal of things about the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. You can say it’s a gimmick. Call it a flawed, unnecessary system. Consider it an intrigue-injecting setup that makes for an altogether exciting race to the title. Whatever the opinion – and oh, are …

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NASCAR 101: Where Have the Champions Gone?

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For years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had a bit of a problem: finding an abundance of young talent that could challenge for wins among the veterans on a weekly basis. The Rookie of the Year battles (some lack thereof) reflected it; until more recently, the series could go years without a strong class, with either …

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NASCAR 101: If You Watch 1 Xfinity Race All Year, Make It Kentucky

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Maybe you regularly follow the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Maybe you don’t. There’s no judgment either way; these days, at its best the series is an entertaining ramp-up into the Sprint Cup Series event the following day, but there’s also the fact that it is, indeed, a warmup, the race where some of the Cup full-timers …

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NASCAR 101: The History of the Chase

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It all started in 2003. That’s when RJR Reynolds announced it was no longer sponsoring NASCAR’s elite division, and soon followed was an announcement that Nextel would sponsor the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series starting in the 2004 season. There were rumors that the new company would want a playoff format, and that added with Matt …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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