Ryan Reed recently won his second NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona, but to understand how he got to this point, you have to know more about Ryan Reed, the person, not just the racecar driver.

Backtrack six years to 2011. Reed, a California native, is getting ready to move to foreign lands, otherwise known as Charlotte, North Carolina, a hub of NASCAR racing. Beforehand, Reed heads to his doctor to have some symptoms checked – among them weight loss and fatigue.

For years, NASCAR viewership and attendance have seen a decrease. Part of these problems stem from the aging fan-base and the unique sameness that the sport offers.

If last week's Daytona 500 was any indication, NASCAR might be in for a good year.

Ratings were up 5% from 2016's race, which saw the closest finish in NASCAR history, and viewership peaked at 11.9 million. 

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-five years after winning a championship in NASCAR’s top series, Hooters has announced a deal with 2016 Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott and the #24 Hendrick Motorsports team.

The restaurant chain has spent multiple seasons in NASCAR, appearing as a sponsor in over 150 races on the top circuit. Most notably, Hooters was the primary sponsor on Alan Kulwicki’s car during his 1992 championship season, but it was also featured last year when Greg Biffle’s #16 Ford featured a Hooters scheme similar to Kulwicki’s.  

Questions remain, but NASCAR fans now know one thing: the sanctioning body announced significant changes to its race and playoff format for all of its national series for the upcoming season.

The announcement, which featured several key personnel in NASCAR, including team presidents and current and former drivers took place in Concord, North Carolina. 

2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski was highly in favor of the changes and attempted to calm the nerves of anxious fans, stating, “…please trust us. When you see this on the racetrack, this is going to be the best racing you've ever seen."

NASCAR is not like any other sport when it comes to looking like a team. In fact, teams with multiple drivers do not have the same color cars, nor do they have the same sponsors on their Chevrolet, Toyota or Ford machines. 

Hendrick Motorsports, located in small town Concord, NC, is home to some of NASCAR’S most elite drivers. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and 21-year-old Chase Elliott all call HMS home. 

Twenty-four-year old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Rico Abreu has announced that he will not return to full-time NASCAR truck series racing due to sponsorship issues.

Abreu, who ran 25 truck races over two seasons, posted career bests during the 2016 season. He finished in the top five on two occasions, including a third-place finish at Eldora, the dirt track owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.