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Miguel Paludo Returning to JRM for 3 Races

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Miguel Paludo is back with JR Motorsports in a part-time role in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022, JRM announced Dec. 1. Paludo will drive the No. 88 in three races in 2022, at Circuit of the Americas, Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. BRANDT will sponsor the effort. “We are back …

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Tyler Ankrum Joins Hattori

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Tyler Ankrum will drive the No. 16 for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2022, HRE announced Dec. 1. Ankrum joins former GMS Racing teammate Chase Purdy in coming to HRE from GMS; Purdy was announced as HRE’s second driver Nov. 30. With the addition of both Ankrum and Purdy, …

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Menards Expands Penske Cup Sponsorship for 2022

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Menards will expand its sponsorship of Team Penske to two NASCAR Cup Series cars in 2022, Penske announced Nov. 30. Menards’ colors will adorn Austin Cindric‘s No. 2 in the series in addition to continuing its sponsorship of Ryan Blaney‘s No. 12. Additionally, Menards will sponsor Harrison Burton‘s rookie effort with Wood Brothers Racing in …

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FRM Promotes Todd Gilliland to Cup, Adds Zane Smith to Truck Team

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Todd Gilliland will move to the NASCAR Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports in 2022, the team announced Nov. 30. Gilliland will compete in FRM’s No. 38, becoming the third rookie in a row in the seat, following Anthony Alfredo in 2021 and John Hunter Nemechek in 2020. He moves up from FRM’s No. 38 …

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Erik Jones Adds FOCUSfactor Sponsorship for 2022

Erik Jones walking at 2021 Richmond fall NASCAR Cup race

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Erik Jones has added FOCUSfactor sponsorship to his No. 43 for 2022, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Nov. 23. The brain health supplement company will adorn RPM’s No. 43 for 26 races in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022. “We are looking forward to the 2022 season – part of that excitement is the rollout of …

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Mike Harmon Docked Points for 2022, Caesar Bacarella Suspended

Caesar Bacarella at Daytona 2021 Xfinity race, NKP

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NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers and team owners Mike Harmon and Caesar Bacarella have been docked points and suspended, respectively, NASCAR announced Nov. 22. Harmon lost 75 driver and owner points for violating a section of the NASCAR rule book pertaining to vehicle testing. Additionally, crew chief Ryan Bell was fined $50,000 and has been suspended …

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NASCAR Announces Return of Practice, Qualifying in 2022

NASCAR Playoff drivers Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead the field at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Practice and qualifying will return to NASCAR’s national series in 2022, NASCAR announced Nov. 19. Though the formats of each session will vary by track and series, NASCAR plans to hold practice and qualifying for all of its races in 2022. “NASCAR is excited to return practice and qualifying to its race weekends,” Scott Miller, …

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