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Kaz Grala Earns Top-5 Finish in XFINITY Series Debut

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Kaz Grala didn’t enter Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway with any expectation other than to finish the race. That he did. But the JGL Racing rookie exceeded his expectations, saying multiple times he didn’t have the speed he hoped to have this weekend. Grala maneuvered his No. 24 …

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Germain Racing Extends GEICO Partnership Through 2020


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The GEICO gecko will be wandering around NASCAR races for at least the next two years. Germain Racing and its No. 13 Cup Series Chevrolet has extended the partnership with its longtime sponsor through 2020. The Friday (Feb. 16) announcement comes five months after re-signing Ty Dillon to a multi-year deal. “We have been honored …

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Erik Jones Survives Can-Am Duel After Early Spin

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For a hot minute, it didn’t look like Erik Jones would survive Thursday night’s second Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway. The handling wasn’t there on the No. 20 car, making his second start with Joe Gibbs Racing in a less than a week quite the difficult one. When eventual winner Chase Elliott got underneath Jones, …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: I Feel Like I Can Be Aggressive


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The blue and white No. 17 machine was dipping and diving around Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening. Its fresh coat of paint, though, wasn’t what made it notable during the first of two Can-Am Duels. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wanted to make it known that he is a force to be reckoned with come Sunday’s …

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Grant Enfinger Paces Opening Truck Series Practice at Daytona

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Grant Enfinger is off and running right off the bat for ThorSport Racing. The No. 98 team set the pace during the opening practice session for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway, clocking in a time of 46.867 seconds. ThorSport Racing switched manufacturers over the off-season, partnering with Ford to become …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Happens If Danica Patrick Wins the Daytona 500?

The NASCAR season is finally here. Yeah, it took long enough; it’s been nearly three months since the conclusion to the 2017 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But now, 2018 has arrived. In what was an unusually busy offseason for teams, featuring many last-minute changes, the time has finally come for stock car racing to hit …

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Todd Gilliland to Run For Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year With KBM

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Todd Gilliland is set to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the Camping World Truck Series in 2018, fresh off back-to-back NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championships. The 17-year-old will run the No. 4 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 19 events, skipping four of the first six races due to not being …

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Parker Kligerman Returning to Henderson Motorsports in 2018

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Parker Kligerman wears multiple hats these days. Not only is he a racecar driver, but he also frequently plays the role of analyst for NASCAR on NBC. Kligerman is still hanging onto his original hat, though. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner will be returning for a part-time schedule with Henderson Motorsports in …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: JTG-Daugherty Racing


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It is no easy feat for a NASCAR team to add an additional entry to its lineup. But that was the challenge JTG-Daugherty Racing signed up for when it hired 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chris Buescher to pilot its second Chevrolet. The acquisition of a second charter took place prior to the season, and …

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Chip Ganassi Racing Adds John Hunter Nemechek to XFINITY Series Lineup

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John Hunter Nemechek will no longer be a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor. Instead, the five-time Truck Series winner is moving up in 2018 to the XFINITY Series. Chip Gannasi Racing is adding the North Carolina native to its driver lineup next year. The move will mark the first time he has participated …

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