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NASCAR 101: Ranking the 22 Cup Organizations in 2019 So Far

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After a week-long break, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is set to return to the track at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. For the first nine weeks of the season, Cup teams sprinted from Daytona International Speedway to Richmond Raceway, laying down the framework for their 2019 seasons with early-season triumphs and setbacks. Some drivers …

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NASCAR 101: Martin Truex Jr. Finally Won a Short Track Race — Who’s Next?

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Apparently all it took for Martin Truex Jr. to win on a short track was to switch teams. Last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway saw Truex, in the midst of his first season for Joe Gibbs Racing in its No. 19, emerge victorious, snapping a losing streak at short tracks …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make the Transition to NASCAR Broadcasting

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If you haven’t figured out by now, longtime driver-turned-broadcaster Darrell Waltrip recently announced his retirement from TV later this season. For 19 years, Waltrip carried the torch as Fox Sports’ lead driver analyst, bringing expertise from the race track and a quirky wit along with him. Despite recent criticism for awkwardness and booth tension, Waltrip …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Relief Drivers in Unlikely Places

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So, do you remember when you were in middle school and that one kid got a sniffle, and all of a sudden, the entire school was running rampant with sick students? The NASCAR community might just need to be quarantined, because those pesky middle school germs have invaded and incapacitated the garage in full force. …

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NASCAR 101: The Fluctuation of the NASCAR Calendar, by the Numbers

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NASCAR released the 2020 schedule and it’s totally different. “Martinsville is under the lights, woooo!” “Darlington is opening the playoffs?” “Oh my gosh, the Firecracker 400 is not on July 4th.” “Hmm… ISM is the championship race.” “What in the world is going on at Pocono?” Many drivers, teams, owners, officials and tracks have responded …

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NASCAR 101: The Cup Series Returns to the Short Tracks

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The Paperclip. The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Action Track. Three very distinct short tracks, yet some drivers in the 2018 season conquered each track’s challenges. Though the races at Martinsville, Bristol, and Richmond resulted in three different winners, quite a few drivers placed in the top 10 in at least four out of the six …

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NASCAR 101: The Revival of the Sportsman, Courtesy Ryan Sieg

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series: “Where names are made.” Right??? Over the last several years, Xfinity has been a place for young teens and 20-somethings to get experience on larger tracks and race against top competition. The same goes for NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series. Drivers with last names like Cindric, …

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NASCAR 101: Is the Xfinity Regular a Winner Again?

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And now for some good news in NASCAR’s lower ranks: it took a really long time for a non-Xfinity Series regular to win a race in that series this year! Well, uh, comparatively long. As in, three races. That’s when Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing into Victory Lane at Las …

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NASCAR 101: Top 10 Most Wins in Truck Series History

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All right, we can quit wringing hands over whether or not Kyle Busch will top Ron Hornaday Jr.’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win count. It’s done. He did it. After last weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Busch moves into sole possession of the most wins in Truck Series history, dating back the circuit’s …

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NASCAR 101: Ross Chastain Ran Every Lap in Daytona — Yeah, All of Them

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You might have missed the following statistic in the hustle and bustle of Speedweeks, which tends to have so many storylines throughout the week(s) that certain developments feel like ages ago once NASCAR arrives at Atlanta Motor Speedway, even if it’s only been about a week or less. Denny Hamlin‘s win? Check. Michael Annett? Check. …

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