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Odds & Ends Around the Track: NASCAR Fans Love Crashes Edition

Thank you FOX Sports for such touching tributes to Darrell Waltrip. After last week’s article, I know I am in the minority who already misses DW. Whether you love or hate the man, there are not many opinions in the middle on old DW. If you weren’t moved by Stevie Waltrip’s “Letter to DW” segment, …

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The Underdog House: Like Taking Candy From an Underdog

Top of The Class With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series enjoying a rare week off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series moved into the spotlight, running the CircuitCity.com 250. Yes, that Circuit City. Turns out it does still exist and it appears ready to rise from the brink of extinction back to consumer relevance. Much like …

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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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Eyes on XFINITY: Reduction to 38 Cars in 2019 Worrisome for Some Team Owners

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In late August, NASCAR announced it was reducing the NASCAR XFINITY Series field to 38 cars per race in 2019, reallocating the purse money previously awarded to the 39th- and 40th-place finishers to the rest of the field. But that has some teams on pins and needles. Mike Harmon and Morgan Shepherd are two veteran NASCAR drivers …

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Massie’s Minute: XFINITY Field Cap Another Wrong Turn by NASCAR

On Thursday afternoon (Aug. 23), news broke that the NASCAR XFINITY Series will trim its field size next season from 40 cars to 38. On the surface, that change doesn’t seem like a huge deal. After all, no one is watching races to see who finishes positions 38-40. But upon a closer look, this change …

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Entry List: Lucas Oil 150

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One race remains in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 6 to decide who will race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That elimination race sends the series west to Phoenix International Raceway for the 23rd annual Lucas Oil 150. There are 30 trucks on the penultimate preliminary entry list. That includes no …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Oldest Drivers on the NASCAR Circuit

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

There was this very dumb, extremely unfounded story going around the Internet earlier this week claiming that Matt Kenseth was going to be retiring, either immediately or at the end of the season, depending on who you asked. It was debunked almost immediately, with the actual press conference Wednesday (April 19) being some actual good …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Series Getting Into Throwback Spirit, Too

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Much of the hullabaloo over this weekend’s racing at Darlington Raceway revolves around the sheer girth of throwback events and paint schemes that will populate the Southern 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series come Sunday night. As the race re-assumes its historic Labor Day weekend date, the sanctioning body and its teams are celebrating …

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Mike Harmon and No. 74 Team Penalized Following 5-Hour Energy 200

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NASCAR announced on Tuesday Sept. 30 that the No. 74 team with driver Mike Harmon have been penalized as a result of a rule infraction during practice for the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway. Crew chief Gary Ritter was fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until December 31 as a result of …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NorthernTool.com 250 at Milwaukee

Déjà vu. Last year, Carl Edwards shook off a disastrous run at Kentucky and a weak start to his defense of the 2007 Nationwide title with a breakthrough win at the Milwaukee Mile. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night, again. Edwards, who stalked the race leaders for much of the event, finally got past …

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