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The Underdog House: Potential 2021 Daytona 500 Cinderellas

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The Dark Horse Field When the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the 2021 version of the Great American Race, 36 teams walk in breathing easy. The charter they own guarantees them an automatic spot in the Daytona 500 no matter how slow their car is or if they wreck in their …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Spire Motorsports

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When the 2021 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway in February, Spire Motorsports will be entering its third full-time season as a team in NASCAR. Yes, you heard that right. 

 Their first two years in the NASCAR atmosphere have been interesting, to say the very least. 
After the unfortunate collapse of former championship-winning …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Justin Haley Stays Perfect on Superspeedways

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR realigned the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to Talladega Superspeedway. The venue change benefitted Justin Haley most as he led the final two laps en route to winning the 2020 Ag-Pro 300 on Saturday (Oct. 3). It is Haley’s third straight win on a superspeedway as …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Goes for 2 in Pocono, Gets Exhausted

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Oh man! If I had the ability to prevent rain delays, this season would be so much less exhausting. After Sunday’s Pocono 350, I noted that covering Sunday’s tripleheader was more tiring than covering Petit Le Mans on-site. Having covered that event for the last four years, I can tell you that (for me), it …

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Entry List: Hooters 250


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The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have 37 cars on track for the first of two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, with the Hooters 250 running Saturday, June 13, 2020. Up to 40 cars can be on the starting grid, meaning all of these teams entered will make the race. The most notable name is …

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Entry List: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action just three days after Sunday afternoon’s race in Atlanta, heading north to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for a Wednesday night event on June 10, 2020. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be the first ever race held under the lights on the .533-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. It’s the …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best & Worst Since Its Return

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For the first time since its extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NASCAR Cup Series is currently in the midst of its first week-long break from racing. Starting with its return at Darlington Raceway last month, the series embarked on a frenetically paced schedule during which drivers generally had no more than three …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte


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The Headline(s): Opening night jitters be gone. Fast all night again at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott bested Kevin Harvick for the lead on lap 181 and never looked back, holding off hard charges from Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney to score his first Cup win of 2020, seventh career Cup win and 15th victory …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2020 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte


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In a Nutshell: Despite the best efforts of Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series regulars Johnny Sauter and Zane Smith, Tuesday’s (May 26) return to competition came down to the much-hyped battle of NASCAR Cup Series regulars Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch. And with a bow Bubba Wallace deemed “savage,” Elliott came out on top, …

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Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley to Compete for Niece Motorsports at Charlotte

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Niece Motorsports will field four trucks when the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series returns to competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 26. Garrett Smithley will make his debut with the team in the No. 40 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Trophy Tractor. Additionally, Ross Chastain will drive a fourth truck in his …

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