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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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Ryan Ellis Returns To BJ McLeod Motorsports at Iowa, Road America

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Ryan Ellis will return to the NASCAR Xfinity series for two events this season. The 29-year old will strap behind the wheel of the No. 99 car for BJ McLeod Motorsports at Iowa Speedway (June 16) and Road America (Aug. 24), Ellis announced Monday (April 8). A veteran of 48 career NXS starts, Ellis currently …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kyle Busch the Best Truck Series Driver Ever?

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Hendrick Motorsports didn’t have a car finish in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since 2010. Is HMS simply making gradual improvement, or is the team getting worse? Mark Kristl: Hendrick has been gradually improving. If this package provides better racing, the team will further improve. Jimmie Johnson showed obvious …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Time To Repave Atlanta Motor Speedway?

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Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for its abrasive racing surface. Most NASCAR drivers appear to love that about the track because it gives it character and a uniqueness, as well as making it one of the most challenging races of the year. But Atlanta hasn’t been repaved since 1997, so it brings about this week’s …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kez Goes Jordan

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On June 11, 1997, the Chicago Bulls were in Salt Lake City facing the Karl Malone-John Stockton Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, and Michael Jordan had the flu (or food poisoning). He couldn’t get out of bed until the bus left for the arena, but wound up scoring 38 points that night, sparking the …

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Forget The Flu: Brad Keselowski Fights To Folds Of Honor 500 Victory

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Friday night (Feb. 22), Brad Keselowski got sick, bedridden with the flu. Two days later, it was the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field down for the count. The 2019 Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway became an honorable drive for a champion who couldn’t even practice the day before. …

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Entry List: Atlanta 200

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The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns to action this Saturday (Feb. 23) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 33 trucks are currently on the entry list, meaning one team will go home early. Reigning Truck Series winner Austin Hill looks to make it two in a row in his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota, after notching his …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Daytona 500

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The Headline(s): Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota took the horses out to the beach at Daytona and shot them between the eyes. The organization swept the podium as Denny Hamlin scored his second career Daytona 500 victory. It was the first podium sweep of the Daytona 500 by any team since 1997. BOWLES: Denny Hamlin …

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Entry List: NASCAR Racing Experience 300


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The NASCAR Xfinity Series opens the 2019 season Saturday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway. 38 cars are entered with many drivers in different rides from the end of the 2018 season. New faces have also come to NASCAR’s second-tier division. JR Motorsports has four drivers entered this weekend.  Michael Annett moves from the No. …

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