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Daniel Hemric Wins Pole Award for the Spark Energy 300 at Talladega

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Daniel Hemric has had quite the past eight days. One week ago, Hemric made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Richmond Raceway, and Saturday afternoon (April 28), he won the pole award for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Hemric’s speed of 189.402 mph was enough to earn the top spot, marking …

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Joey Logano Falters, Finishes 4th After Early Richmond Dominance


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If real life worked like a Hollywood movie, then Joey Logano would have won at Saturday night’s (April 21) Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, the site of his last win. Instead, he finished fourth. After the race last year, Logano failed the postrace inspection, and the penalty for it prevented him from using that …

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Matt Tifft, Austin Cindric Qualify for Dash 4 Cash with Top 5s

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When the green flag waves for the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 28, the two favorites for the Dash 4 Cash will be Christopher Bell and Elliott Sadler. But two there will be two dark horses going for the $100,000 as well: Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric. Both …

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Christopher Bell Wins the Race, Elliott Sadler Wins the Cash at Richmond Raceway

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Christopher Bell‘s 2018 season so far can best be summarized as “checkers or wreckers.” One week after his fast No. 20 was caught up in a wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bell won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway on Friday night (April 20). “Obviously, this is a very important race for Toyota,” Bell said. …

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Denny Hamlin Holds Off Kyle Busch to Win Charity Race


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Denny Hamlin cut his teeth racing at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.; he won a mini stock track championship there in 1997. More than 20 years later, Langley hosted the return of 2016 Daytona 500 winner’s charity race — the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown (DHSTS) — after a two-year hiatus on Thursday night (April 19). …

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Ryan Blaney’s Dominant Car Exits Early at Bristol

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Ryan Blaney (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For most of Sunday (Apr. 15), the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was Ryan Blaney’s to lose. Unfortunately for him, that’s exactly what happened. In a race delayed several times for rain, Blaney’s car was a fixture up front for most of stage one. He led 100 of the first 117 laps and was just …

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Ryan Preece Wins the Race and the Cash in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Preece is now $100,000 richer. The part-time driver of Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (April 14), his second career win. Preece also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Dash 4 Cash prize of $100,000 by beating out Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Christopher …

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Kyle Larson, David Ragan Fastest in Saturday Practices at Bristol

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Kyle Larson and David Ragan split the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday morning (April 14). Larson’s speed of 129.004 miles per hour put his No. 42 Chevrolet at the top of the scoring pylon in Saturday’s opening session. All three manufacturers occupied the podium in the first session, …

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How to Make NASCAR Bearable While We’re Stuck With This Stale Schedule

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

NASCAR released its new schedule for the 2019 season on Tuesday (April 3), and I say the word “new” so loosely that it has most crew chiefs calling for a couple major turns of wedge. The term copy-and-paste is much more applicable to what we are getting next season, as it is nearly identical to …

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