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NASCAR 101: Top Average Finish By Xfinity Drivers at Daytona & Talladega

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Here’s the cool thing about this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway: no Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. For a while, that would have been a rarity in NASCAR, something to shock. There was a period of time in NASCAR’s secondary series when an Xfinity regular winning a race in their …

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NASCAR 101: Active Drivers Without a Cup Top 5

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156 races. That’s how many starts it took for Matt DiBenedetto to have a top five in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition. After a Cup career that began in 2015 and yielded four top 10s prior to 2019, DiBenedetto wheeled his No. 95 to a fourth-place run at Sonoma Raceway, scoring his first top …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s Who’s Honoring Darrell Waltrip This Weekend

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It’s the end of an era in NASCAR Cup broadcasting that spanned nearly two decades. Darrell Waltrip, who announced his retirement from Fox Sports in April, will call his final race Sunday, June 23 at Sonoma Raceway. Waltrip’s presence and knowledgeable analysis impacted the sport and engaged viewers in the excitement on the track. His …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Longest Streaks Between Truck Series Wins (In Years)

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You might think that Greg Biffle, who rolled into victory lane last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, has a case for the longest time spent out of the winner’s circle in the series’ history. And that’s, uh, right. Kind of. It all depends on what value you use. …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s How Ross Chastain Could Make the Truck Playoffs

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Here’s a fun one to explain: Ross Chastain‘s not running for NASCAR Xfinity Series points anymore. Instead, as of this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, he’s switching to title contention for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Cool, right? I mean, it makes sense. He’s competed in all eight races in the Truck Series in …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Current Owner-Drivers

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Where have all the owner-drivers gone? Well, it certainly ain’t the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which is probably a different story from when many who read this first started following NASCAR. The story of the owner-driver — the do-it-all wheelman who can balance a checkbook just as well as he can drive a car …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Most-Followed Drivers on Twitter

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Being a NASCAR fan over the last decade or more has brought plenty of changes, few more prominent than the integration of social media into the sport (and, well, pretty much all things). Getting to know NASCAR’s personalities on a personal level used to be left to in-person meetings at the racetrack or other appearances; …

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NASCAR 101: ‘Second Place is Just the First Loser’

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Dale Earnhardt famously once said, “second place is just the first loser.” Ironically, if this rings true, Earnhardt was the first loser 70 times in his illustrious, seven-championship career. Only four drivers have tallied more career second-place finishes than the Intimidator. Currently sitting with 45 second-place finishes, Kyle Busch has been largely vocal about his …

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NASCAR 101: The Top Debuts Among Active Drivers in NASCAR’s National Series

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At Talladega Superspeedway a few weeks ago, Justin Haley was racing like he belonged in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And that’s not to say he doesn’t; one look at the 20-year-old’s statistics in the NASCAR world, particularly the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and, more recently, the Xfinity Series, show a driver with a …

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NASCAR 101: The Most Top 10s in a Row to Start a Cup Season

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Serious question: has 2019 been anyone but Kyle Busch‘s year thus far? Consider the evidence. In four NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts, he has four wins. He has three wins and four top fives in the Xfinity Series, his only loss a runner-up run at Auto Club Speedway. And then there’s his Monster Energy …

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