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NASCAR Numbers Game: Taking stock of the 2013 Sprint Cup season

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats in the Cup Series
David Smith crunches the numbers for the Sprint Cup Series in his weekly "NASCAR Numbers Game" column.

The off week prior to the race at Indianapolis serves as a welcome respite to everyone in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series except crew chiefs who might be on the hot seat. One casualty of “chopping block week” occurred Tuesday morning when BK Racing relieved Pat Tryson of his duties as the head wrench for David Reutimann’s No. 83 entry.

Daytona 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Change is in the air as the season kicks off with the 63rd Great American Race
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Daytona 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The theme of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is new heading into the Daytona 500: new drivers, new teams, new schedule, new numbers. We also have a new writer, Frontstretch.com's Zach Sturniolo, to preview the latest installment of the "Great American Race."

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway

Alex Bowman on the pole as the field is set for the 63rd Great American Race
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway

It's a new year but the same old complex qualifying mess for NASCAR when it comes to the 2021 Daytona 500. After both Duel qualifying races, the full 40-car field is locked in for the race (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX). But for new fans, the same question always comes up.

 

How'd they do it?

 

Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 (Bristol) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Kyle Busch is the defending race winner... perfect timing for a 2020 season on the skids
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Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 (Bristol) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Kyle Busch enters the NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Food City 500 (renamed the Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 for this year) as the defending race winner. He's the reigning Cup Series champion and has four top-five finishes this season (only Kevin Harvick has more). He's already won twice in the sport's Xfinity and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

 

Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead-Miami) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Four drivers battle in a winner-take-all championship finale
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Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead-Miami) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

After nine months and 35 races, it all comes down to one weekend to decide the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, an Kevin Harvick will duke it out over 267 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

 

Bluegreen Vacations 500 (Phoenix) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

ISM Raceway is the final elimination race before this year's championship finale
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Bluegreen Vacations 500 (Phoenix) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

After eight months and 34 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it's finally time to whittle down the playoff field to this year's Championship 4. ISM Raceway in Phoenix hosts the penultimate race of the season, a Round of 8 elimination which sets up the grand finale next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Which championship contenders will make their presence felt in the Lone Star State?
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AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

They say everything's bigger in Texas. But as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads into the Lone Star State for Sunday's 2019 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the number of viable championship contenders has shrunk considerably.

 

1000Bulbs.com 500 (Talladega) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The sport's most unpredictable race is primed to shake up the playoffs... again
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1000Bulbs.com 500 (Talladega) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Talladega Superspeedway sits right in the heart of Alabama, a state the hit movie Forrest Gump was based around. And, just like the main character there would say, a race here is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.

 

Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

NASCAR's Throwback Weekend headlines one of the sport's crown jewel events
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Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

It's one of NASCAR's most respected traditions, put back on the original date where it belongs. The 2019 Southern 500 marks the fifth straight on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, a spot it held on the sport's calendar from 1950-2004 until an ill-fated decision to bounce it around for over a decade.

 

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Bristol) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

NASCAR Silly Season finally takes off at a time short track racing is heating up
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Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Bristol) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Bristol Motor Speedway's August night race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is known for frayed tempers, wild wrecks and sparks flying on the racetrack. Reports of a narrower racing groove this year could bring the bump-and-runs and grinding fenders back to previous highs.

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