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Frank Velat

Frank Velat has been an avid follower of NASCAR and other motorsports for over 20 years. He brings a blend of passionate fan and objective author to his work. Frank offers unique perspectives that everyone can relate to, remembering the sport's past all the while embracing its future. Follow along with @FrankVelat on Twitter.

Martins Motorsports Announces Switch to XFINITY Series

Martins Motorsports has announced a return to running part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with driver Tommy Joe Martins. The change comes after fielding a full-time entry in the Camping World Truck Series last season. The team will begin at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 on …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series two-stepped into the wide open spaces of Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Or, shall we say, the wider open spaces. The track was repaved since the tour last visited the 1.5-mile quad-oval, and, among other enhancements, the racing surface in Turns 1 and 2 …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Martinsville

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams rolled into Martinsville Speedway last weekend for the first short track race of 2017. As is always the case, a field of pristine, hand built cars started the race. Then, their drivers promptly beat against, leaned on and slammed into each other until …

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JTG Daugherty Racing Earns Solid Martinsville Finishes

JTG Daugherty Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Chris Buescher came into Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a combined one top-15 finish between in 2017. Afterwards, each had earned another of their own. Allmendinger was in contention on and off through the race but was moved up the running …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Martinsville & the Original NASCAR SuperTrucks

This Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at the Martinsville Speedway. For all that has changed over the 23 year history of the tour, Martinsville has remained a constant. The 0.526 mile paperclip-shaped oval in southern Virginia is one of only three tracks on the inaugural …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Fontana

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went Hollywood this weekend for its annual visit to Fontana, CA. The stars were were out and the red carpet dazzled with NASCAR’s best. But it was California’s own Kyle Larson who stole the show. Larson stuck to his script and delivered an award-winning …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Re-Emergence of Chip Ganassi Racing

ONE: Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing has gone through both spurts of ultra-competitive greatness and the lulls of being a field filler. However, the organization as a whole has almost never looked better. We’ve all heard plenty about Kyle Larson and the wondrous start he is off to in …

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Kyle Larson Scores Auto Club 400 Pole

Kyle Larson continued his impressive start to the 2017 season in qualifying on Friday, picking up his second career pole. The No. 42 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet posted a time of 38.493 seconds (187.047 mph) in the final round. Larson put up his fast lap late in the session by moving …

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