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Blake Koch Joins New XFINITY Team for 2016

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There will be a similar look to Blake Koch‘s ride in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016, but that doesn’t mean everything behind the scenes is the same. Today (Jan. 20), Koch announced he’ll move to the newly founded Kaulig Racing in 2016, piloting the single-car operation’s No. 11 LeafFilter-sponsored Chevrolet for the balance of the XFINITY …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Kurt Busch

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For a brief moment at the beginning of 2015, it appeared that the Chase for the Sprint Cup would not include the Busch family name among its ranks. Leading up to the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch, embroiled in controversy and legal woes over allegations of domestic violence by ex-wife Patricia Driscoll, was suspended by NASCAR …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Trevor Bayne

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2011 never seemed so long ago. Back then, Tony Stewart was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Jeff Burton and Mark Martin were still active drivers. Trevor Bayne – a rookie! – was the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, bringing the Wood Brothers’ famed No. 21 back to Victory Lane for the first time in a …

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Brian Scott Takes Richard Petty Motorsports Cup Ride for 2016

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Like Chris Buescher before him, Brian Scott is moving up. Scott, formerly a competitor for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will pilot Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 9 in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016, the team officially announced Friday, Dec. 11. Sponsorship details have not been announced, though the press conference was …

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Chris Buescher Moves to Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports for 2016

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Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Chris Buescher is moving up to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016, but not with the team you might have expected. Buescher, who won the NXS title for Roush Fenway Racing in 2015 in the team’s No. 60, will drive Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 Ford full time in the Sprint …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Come Back to NASCAR This Year?

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Here’s an interesting thought: How many drivers who raced in one of NASCAR’s national series in 2014 didn’t in 2015? It’s certainly intriguing to think about. Each year, hundreds of drivers make their way through the top three series, whether it’s as a full-time competitor, a one-off racer or somewhere in between. Of those, most …

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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

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OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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NASCAR 101: Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano an Instant Classic?

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Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano already one of the biggest moments in NASCAR’s history when it comes to driver feuds? It’s tough to proclaim something an instant classic or already infamous in the moment or shortly thereafter. Generally, emotions and feelings run so rampant that, once the euphoria wears off, one looks back on …

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NASCAR 101: Newcomers Completely & Utterly Invade Martinsville Truck Entry List

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Martinsville Speedway’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races? Easily the best of any track on the circuit these days to both discover and watch young talent. Which is not wholly surprising. Each season, it’s the first on the schedule that allows drivers 16 and 17 years old to race, and it’s also among the first …

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NASCAR 101: The Sprint Cup Series’ Best on Restarts

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Let’s say this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway ends with a green-white-checkered finish. Not a given, but not unlikely, either. In the last five years, the Sprint Cup Series has gone over the scheduled distance of 500 miles 10 times, while others – like last year’s Aaron’s 499, which was set up for a green-white-checkered until …

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