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Matt DiBenedetto Signs with Go FAS Racing for 2017

Matt DiBenedetto will remain in NASCAR’s premier series in 2017, albeit with a different team. After announcing earlier this month that he was departing BK Racing, DiBenedetto revealed Thursday (Dec. 15) that he will pilot Go FAS Racing’s No. 32 in the series full-time in 2017, according to a team release. “I am very excited …

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David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto Leaving BK Racing

Two more NASCAR premier series seats have opened up for 2017. Neither David Ragan nor Matt DiBenedetto will return to BK Racing in 2017 after driving for the organization full-time in 2016, it was reported this week. Motorsport.com initially reported the news Friday (Dec. 9) of Ragan’s departure, while DiBenedetto announced he would no longer be …

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Monster Energy Named NASCAR Premier Series Sponsor

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NASCAR has found its title sponsor for its premier series. The sanctioning body announced Thursday (Dec. 1) that Monster Energy will assume the role of title sponsor for the series, which was previously called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, in 2017. An official name of the series was not available at press time. Historically, the …

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Chris Buescher Moves to JTG Daugherty Racing for 2017

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Chris Buescher will move to a new NASCAR Cup Series team in 2017. The 2016 rookie, who made the Chase for the Sprint Cup with Front Row Motorsports after winning at Pocono Raceway, will move to a second JTG Daugherty Racing team in 2017, according to Roush Fenway Racing, which is leasing Buescher to Cup …

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Ty Dillon Moves to Germain Racing for 2017

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Ty Dillon has found a home for his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie season in 2017. The driver, younger brother of current Cup Series regular Austin Dillon, will pilot Germain Racing’s No. 13 in the series beginning in 2017, the team announced in a press release Monday, Nov. 28. Dillon will replace Casey Mears, who …

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NASCAR 101: A Chase Game of ‘What If?’

Time to play an incredibly pointless but vaguely interesting game of ‘what if?’ Oh, good, already lost half of you. Whatever, it’s the end of the season. We’ll get through this. So, entering this Sunday’s conclusion to the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, four drivers are vying for a chance at …

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Kyle Larson Leads Lone Friday Cup Practice at Phoenix

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Kyle Larson led the way in the lone NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday (Nov. 11), pacing the field with a speed of 139.524 mph. Larson was followed by two Chase competitors in the top 5, with Joey Logano coming in second at a slightly slower 139.492 mph, while Denny …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2016?

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Last year before the season-ending NASCAR action at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this space chronicled the stories of a few drivers who, after coming to the track and racing in 2014, did not, for whatever reason, do so in 2015. Interesting enough concept, so why not try it again? With just races at Homestead and Phoenix International …

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Brian Scott Announces Retirement

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Brian Scott will no longer be a NASCAR driver after 2016. The driver, who is in the midst of his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports, announced Thursday (Nov. 10) he will retire at the end of the season. “This was a difficult decision, but one that I made myself …

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NASCAR 101: William Byron & the 77th-Place Points Finish

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77th. That’s probably not a number or position on the mind of William Byron — or, really, anyone else — in 2016. Instead, it’s been more like the number one. Or first. You get the idea. Because that’s where Byron, a rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been …

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