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NASCAR 101: Analyzing NASCAR’s First-Time Winner Count in 2020 So Far

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Last weekend was quite the weekend for first-timers, as the four NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway saw two first-time winners in their respective series, while another driver won his first oval race in the sport (followed promptly by his second). It started Thursday night, when Austin Cindric, after wins on road courses in the Xfinity …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Things to Avoid to Win a Championship

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With his fourth win of the season at Pocono, Denny Hamlin looks like the driver to beat for the 2020 championship. Still, that doesn’t mean you pencil Hamlin as your 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion. Anything can happen from now to November. Here are five examples of things to avoid if Hamlin wants to win …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Still Searching for Wins in All Three NASCAR National Series

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Last weekend, Justin Haley quietly accomplished something only 31 other drivers have done since 1995. With his win at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, June 19, Haley now has at least one win in all three of NASCAR’s national series — the Cup Series, Xfinity and the Gander RV & Outdoors …

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NASCAR 101: 8 Veteran Drivers Who Would Make Great Truck Competitors

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Over the past few years, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series has produced some of the best racing in NASCAR, and the talent within isn’t too shabby, either. With the likes of Erik Jones, William Byron and Tyler Reddick quickly ascending the ranks from pickups to NASCAR Cup Series cars, the Truck Series has …

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NASCAR 101: Most Wins By Series Without a Championship

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Denny Hamlin continues to move up a certain all-time ranking in the NASCAR Cup Series with his 2020 success, but it’s probably not a conversation he’d care to be part of. Hamlin has two wins thus far in 2020, the most recent coming in the second Darlington Raceway event of the season last month. That …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best & Worst Since Its Return

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For the first time since its extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NASCAR Cup Series is currently in the midst of its first week-long break from racing. Starting with its return at Darlington Raceway last month, the series embarked on a frenetically paced schedule during which drivers generally had no more than three …

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NASCAR 101: Who’ll Benefit Most from Doubling Up at Darlington & Charlotte?

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Gonna get back into the swing of things here with some good ol’ hypotheticals. Hooray! One of the craziest aspects of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule the next two weeks as the sport visits a pair of classic tracks — Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway — twice each. Rather than four races at four …

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NASCAR 101: The Facts On A NASCAR 2020 Return From COVID-19

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It’s official: the NASCAR 2020 season is ending its two-month hiatus. The sport announced Thursday (April 30) they’ll lift their on-track suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic and get back to racing in all three of its top divisions by the end of May. Here’s all the details you need to know before the green …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the Drivers Participating in the Kyle Busch Truck Series Bounty (So Far)

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This weekend’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race marks the first event at which drivers can potentially claim the $100,000 bounty on Kyle Busch set by Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis. For those who need a refresher: the bounty applies to full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers racing in the upcoming …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Debuts Off to Strongest Start in 6 Years

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The NASCAR Cup Series has a variety of rookies and newcomers counted as part of its ranks in 2020, but it’s not the only national series experiencing an influx of new blood. In the first three races of the Xfinity Series season alone, each event has featured at least one driver making his debut. And …

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