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NASCAR 101: Cup Invaders on the Truck & Xfinity Levels

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Kyle Busch has a bounty over his head. We all know that. We know that Kevin Harvick stirred this pot. We now know who the first driver is to take Harvick up on said bounty, followed by Kyle Larson. We also know that Busch continues to whip the Truck Series competition. What you may not know …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers With Starts in Parts of 4 (or More) Decades

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With the 2020 NASCAR season now underway, any driver who competed at Daytona International Speedway last weekend can officially say they’ve competed in a NASCAR race in the 2020s. This season marks the first in a new decade for NASCAR, officially leaving the 2010s in the dust. The ’10s saw a sizable number of drivers …

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NASCAR 101: Keeping Up With 2020 NASCAR Driver Changes

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Another busy offseason has come to a close. Let’s see what it’s wrought this time around. After kicking off the season with this column in 2018 and 2019, we’re back yet again to try to provide some clarity on the driver and team changes that occurred in NASCAR’s three national series (the NASCAR Cup Series, …

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NASCAR 101: A Brief Synopsis of the Numbers of a Decade

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It is the time of the season that many diehard race fans hope never come: the offseason. As champions are crowned under a setting south Florida sun this weekend, the engines will fall silent for almost three months. All that is left are mere memories of a season filled with excitement, jubilation and disappointment. This …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2019?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In what’s become an annual segment on NASCAR 101 (wait, this is year five? Time is a flat circle), this week takes a look at the drivers who didn’t return to NASCAR in 2019. Now, that phrase sounds a bit more absolute than it actually ends up being. Each year, we discuss the drivers from NASCAR’s …

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NASCAR 101: The Cup Rookie Battle Couldn’t Be Closer Than It Is Right Now

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The closest points race in NASCAR right now isn’t necessarily a battle for the championship. Sure, there are few clear favorites for titles in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. With two or three races to go in each series, there’s a sense that the championship …

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NASCAR 101: Related Drivers in NASCAR

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

This column was all set. Perfect, even — the idea, that is. It was timely, fitting, whatever. Then Carson Ware dropped off the Gander Outdoors Truck Series entry list for this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. But you know what? Screw it. Doing it anyway. In the event that Ware returns to the entry list (until …

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NASCAR 101: The Most First-Time Winners in Truck Series History

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a quiet year for new winners in 2018, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is having quite a year for newcomers to victory lane. Spencer Boyd‘s Talladega Superspeedway triumph made him the fifth first-time winner in the series in 2019, with three races still to go before the season’s end. He’s the first new …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Longest Active Winless Streaks in All 3 Series

Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP

It’s hard to believe that Kyle Larson had not won in 75 races. Or the fact that Jimmie Johnson still can’t find victory lane. While Larson was able to take a home a much needed checkered flag last Sunday (Oct. 6) at Dover International Raceway to end his winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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