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Did You Notice?: 4 NASCAR Winless Drivers With 4 Races Left in 2021

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Did You Notice? … With four races left, there’s a handful of NASCAR drivers who won a race in 2020 that have yet to win in 2021? Just three are in the Cup Series, where a wave of parity and some upsets have produced 16 winners in the first 33 races, the most at this point …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Double-Duty IndyCar & NASCAR Drivers

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Those who strictly follow NASCAR’s national series may not recognize RC Enerson‘s name, but those who also watch other racing disciplines — such as the NTT IndyCar Series — will. Enerson, a 23-year-old from Florida, will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Road America, piloting the No. 07 for SS-Greenlight Racing. He’s …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Drivers Who Haven’t Lived Up To The Hype (Yet)

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Last week, we brought you a collection of the most underrated drivers in NASCAR in this space. These were prospects, from Brett Moffitt to Tyler Reddick, who often don’t seem to get the spotlight they deserve. This week, our staff goes the other direction. We examine some NASCAR veterans who, at least to this point, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2011 Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Kurt Busch started Sunday’s race in the 11th position. By lap 13, the elder Busch dove under Denny Hamlin in turn 7 and took the lead. Short of pit stops cycling through, the lead was not a position Busch relinquished for long.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

“Finally!” exclaimed Boris Said as he emerged in NAPA Auto Parts 200 victory lane after scoring his first career Nationwide Series victory, moments after a drag race to the checkers with Max Papis that hit the highlight reels as the fifth-closest finish in series history. More importantly, this was finally the type of ending the …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Bucyrus 200 at Road America

Carl Edwards appears to have this whole road racing thing figured out. On the Nationwide Series side, anyway. In what was a dominant performance from the pole, Edwards led 35 of the 50 laps run in NASCAR’s debut race on the Road America road course with this division, stealing the lead for good from Jacques …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225/NAPA Auto Parts 200 Edition

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

2008 Sprint Cup Rookie Report Cards: Economic Woes & Poor Performances Leave Their Mark

After a successful freshman campaign by Juan Pablo Montoya which included a win at Infineon, that trend set the tone for the freshman class of 2008, as four out of the six Rookie of the Year candidates were open-wheel converts. Just nine months later, there is a very real difference for those open wheelers that debuted in ’08 as compared to ’07 – just one of them appears ready to survive for a second season. What went wrong, and could their mistakes have been corrected? It’s now time for Professor Lumbis to grade their performance throughout the season, and take a look at the other new faces that emerged onto the scene and what the future may hold for them.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

Marcos Ambrose led 27 consecutive laps and built an eight-second lead over Max Papis, maintaining the lead even after slipping off course under green. Pit lane, however, snakebit Ambrose and the No. 59. Ambrose nearly spun in the pits while leading, and then received a speeding penalty to boot. That handed the lead to Ron Fellows, who had short-pitted earlier in the event, allowing the native Canadian to lead until the race was finally red-flagged for heavy rain and a lack of visibility. For Fellows, it was his fourth career Nationwide Series win, and the first at any level for him on the Montreal road course named after his racing hero Gilles Villeneuve. Fellow road-ringers Patrick Carpentier and Boris Said scored top-five finishes.

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