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NASCAR 101: Meet the 40 Starters of the Daytona 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The biggest day in stock car racing is right around the corner. This Sunday (Feb. 14), 40 of the world’s best drivers will strap into their respective racing machines as they prepare to tackle the 63rd running of the Daytona 500. But who exactly are these 40 NASCAR Cup Series competitors who will hit the …

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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2020, Revisited

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For the fourth year in a row, the final NASCAR 101 before the NASCAR season finale takes a look back at the columns written here throughout the year to see if any updates to the storylines tackled are warranted. It’s a bit of an odd one this year, given the lack of columns for a multi-week …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2020?

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(Photo:Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This is the sixth year this column has tackled the roster of drivers who didn’t race in at least one of NASCAR’s three national series in 2020, and somehow the list seems longer this year. That’s probably due in part to the ever-present elephant in the room, the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only were multiple drivers’ …

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NASCAR 101: The Youngest Active Owners in NASCAR

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We finally know the name of Michael Jordan’s long-anticipated team: 23XI Racing. Of course, Jordan won’t be the first superstar athlete to make the plunge into NASCAR ownership, nor will he be the first multi-billionaire. However, at age 57, Jordan will be a significantly younger face than many of his counterparts competing in the NASCAR …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Racing Women of the Last Decade

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(Photo: Jay Alley)

In this weekend’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, Hailie Deegan becomes the latest in a line of women to race in NASCAR’s national series. Deegan, a full-time competitor in the ARCA Menards Series in 2020 for DGR-Crosley, will strap into DGR’s No. 17, making her Truck debut. She’s not …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity, Truck Debuts May End Up the Worst They’ve Ever Been in 2020

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The day is March 6, 2020. This column posits that the NASCAR Xfinity Series is off to its best start in six years when it comes to debuting drivers, thanks to an influx of newcomers that saw six racers make their first Xfinity starts in the first four races of the 2020 season. “…it’s a …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s What Changes on the 2021 Cup Schedule

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 schedule is here, and if you’ve been a vocal advocate for change in the series the last few years, you should check this one out. Is it a wholesale upending of the status quo? No. Are there still some problems folks are probably debating on social media as we speak? …

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NASCAR 101: Most Wins in a Cup Season in the Modern Era

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With nine wins in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season after his Bristol Motor Speedway victory last weekend, Kevin Harvick stands at the precipice of accomplishing something no driver has in well over a decade: a win column that breaks into the double digits. And with the way 2020 has gone for Harvick and the …

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NASCAR 101: First-Time Cup Series Winners at Richmond Raceway

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(Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The NASCAR Cup Series heads into Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 this weekend. The race is the second of the 10-race postseason format. Multiple drivers, whether in the playoffs or not, will be looking to earn their first career win at the top level. The list includes Matt Dibenedetto (a playoff driver), …

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