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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2020?

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This is the sixth year this column has tackled the roster of drivers who didn’t race in at least one of NASCAR’s three national series in 2020, and somehow the list seems longer this year. That’s probably due in part to the ever-present elephant in the room, the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only were multiple drivers’ …

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ARCA Preview: 2020 VizCom 200 at Michigan


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a doubleheader at Toledo Speedway, the ARCA Menards Series will head to the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway for the VizCom 200. It marks the 11th race of the 2020 season and the 39th race at Michigan. Eighteen drivers are entered for this race, including defending race winner Michael Self. Last season, Self won after …

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ARCA Preview: 2020 Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In addition to being the eighth race of the ARCA Menards Series season, the 2020 Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway will be an important test for the championship contenders because the 1.5-mile track will also host the season finale. This race and its name are realigned from the since-canceled event at Chicagoland Speedway. So, which …

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ARCA Preview: 2020 General Tire 200 at Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The ARCA Menards Series is back! After three months and 14 days, its competitors will hit the race track. The series returns from its hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Talladega Superspeedway with the 2020 General Tire 200. After such a long break and only two races completed this season, what has transpired thus …

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Chandler Smith to Run 13 ARCA Races, Ryan Repko to Run 5

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Venturini Motorsports announced Chandler Smith will compete in 13 ARCA Menards Series races in 2020, and Ryan Repko will compete in five ARCA races for the organization. Repko will make his first start in the No. 20 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 8. Smith will continue to drive the No. 20 Toyota, competing …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Taking Away Wins Serve Its Intended Purpose?

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For the first time in over 20 years, NASCAR disqualified a race winner following post race inspection. Will it deter teams from pushing the envelope too much? Frank Velat: Not likely. There’s too much to be gained with a win. Al Niece had a less than enthusiastic response to the team getting bustedm but I get the …

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Ryan Repko, JD Motorsports Team for Partial Xfinity Schedule

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Daytona International Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Beginning this month at Iowa Speedway, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller will have a new driver in its stable. Ryan Repko will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut for the team, JDM announced Thursday, June 6. Repko comes to JDM with a pair of ARCA Menards Series starts since 2017, led by an eighth-place run …

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