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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Trackhouse Racing Taking NASCAR by Storm

William Byron and the No. 24 team celebrate winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, February 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Any interesting story isn’t complete without a good surprise or two. The NASCAR Cup Series has been racing in Florida for better than three weeks, and I don’t think it’s possible for the three trophies to be going back to North Carolina with a more unexpected trio of drivers. But the statistics would support the …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Feels Like the First Time

Christopher Bell celebrates after winning the 2021 O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 Photo:NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Here’s an interesting tidbit: For the first time since 1950, the first two races of the Cup Series schedule have been won by first-time visitors to victory lane. It’s almost happened a couple times before. In 2001, Michael Waltrip picked up his first win at Daytona International Speedway, but Rockingham Speedway winner Steve Park had …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Breaking on Through to the Other Side (Finally)

Three-wide NASCAR racing action in the 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last week, I discussed the biggest and most imposing winless streaks in the Daytona 500, past and present alike. Given what transpired in Sunday’s (and partially Monday morning’s) 2021 edition of the Great American Race, it seems somewhat fitting that a winless streak of a different variety was broken. Michael McDowell is the eighth man …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: The Biggest 0-for Streaks in the Sport’s Biggest Race

Jeff Gordon Leda Terry Labonte Daytona 1994 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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In every form of sports, there is a foremost prize to be had, and the collection of triumphs becomes the most significant measure by which the best are compared. Obviously, the Daytona 500 is the biggest single event in NASCAR, and it seems impossible for successful drivers to reach top tier status without a 500 …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: A Look Back At Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR Career

Jimmie Johnson Phoenix II 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We made it! The 2020 NASCAR season is complete. Sure, there was a 10-week stoppage after the first month of the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus limited fans in attendance for most racetracks and created a dent in NASCAR revenue. The playoff itself also had a weird twist; a nine-race winner and …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Championship Favorites Squander Big Playoff Gaps at Martinsville

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martinsville Speedway has been hyped from the moment it became the cutoff race NASCAR’s Round of 8 in all three national touring series. Beginning in 2020, the track determined the Championship 4 for Phoenix Raceway’s season finale. But could the paperclip-shaped oval live up to those lofty expectations? The answer we got was yes, three …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Underfunded Josh Williams, Tommy Joe Martins Shine in Chaotic Texas Xfinity Race

Tommy Joe Martins Josh Williams Kansas 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the conclusion of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway getting postponed until Monday morning (Oct. 26), this week we’re focusing solely on the other two NASCAR national touring divisions. And man, is there a lot to unpack. The NASCAR Xfinity Series put on another action-packed event with major playoff implications. Brandon Jones …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Is Joey Logano Suddenly the Championship Favorite?

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Kansas Speedway kicked off the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Oct. 18 with the Hollywood Casino 400. And, despite some pointed criticism on social media, this 1.5-mile oval delivered with a strong finish between Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick for the victory. As usual, the current NASCAR Cup Series 550-horsepower …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: How Kyle Busch’s Championship Defense Went Kaboom

2020 CharlotteROVAL NCS Kyle Busch Crew Chief NKP

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In its first two years of existence, the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL put on some incredible races, filled with unpredictability and classic endings. This weekend showcased all of that and more from what’s quickly become one of the most exciting tracks on the circuit. Between Saturday’s (Oct. 10) NASCAR Xfinity Series and Sunday’s Cup Series …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Chase Briscoe Chasing NASCAR Cup Ride With 8th Xfinity Win

2020 Las Vegas NXS Chase Briscoe Car NKP

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Going into this weekend, everyone knew clean air would be king. Surely, that didn’t disappoint. While all three national touring races were lackluster this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there was some thrilling action throughout the races… when it wasn’t strung out. If you’ve read this column this season, you’ve seen me vent tirelessly …

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