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Entry List: 2016 Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Recently, IMSA released the official entry list for Saturday’s 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Note: This resort/presenting sponsor is located in Cherokee, N.C., approximately 119 miles away from the track).  Officially, 41 cars are listed.  However, 37 will show up. With Saturday’s race being ten hours in length, the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Round of 16 Can Hurt Race Broadcasts

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Last weekend in NASCAR was fairly interesting out on New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  For the most part, the Room of Doom didn’t play that much of a role (unless your name was John Hunter Nemechek). The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series were both in action at New Hampshire, and we saw two different …

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JDC/Miller MotorSports to Field ORECA 07 Full-Time in 2017

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, JDC/Miller MotorSports, which currently fields the No. 85 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge’s Prototype Challenge class, announced that they are moving up to the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class full-time in 2017.  The mount of choice for the team is the ORECA 07 chassis, paired up with the Gibson engine.  The …

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Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle Hit with P3 Penalties for Lugnuts

(Photo: Mike Neff)

NASCAR’s weekly penalty report was delayed on Wednesday (Sept. 21) after the decision to hold an impromptu teleconference with less than a half- hour’s notice to announce changes to post-race inspection penalties.  Despite that, there were still a number of teams to be penalized. Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle‘s cars were found to have loose …

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Tequila Patron ESM to Race 2 DPi Nissans in 2017

On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM (also known as Extreme Speed Motorsports) announced that they will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a full-time basis in the 2017 season.  They will be competing in the new DPi (Daytona Prototype International) class with two Ligier JS P217 chassis with special bodywork and Nissan engines.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Chase Kickoff Too Focused On Championship

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back to the Chase.  I’m not particularly happy that its here, but we’ll just have to deal with it.  As you all know, focus tightens ever more at this time of year, often to the point where drivers that are in the top 10 are ignored if they’re not in the Chase.  However, we …

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Taylor Brothers Win Lone Star Le Mans

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday afternoon saw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship take on the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas for a 160-minute sprint race.  Attrition wasn’t too much of an issue, but contact was early. Ricky Taylor started the No. 10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette DP from pole and escaped the scrum that is turn 1 with the …

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Joel Miller Shows Strength, Tops Practice No. 3 at COTA

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

For Mazda Motorsports, Friday was a day that they’d rather forget.  The No. 55 lost the entire first practice session when the brakes locked up on the pit straight.  Meanwhile, the No. 70 was not all that great during the first session, lapping over two seconds off the pace of the leading Daytona Prototypes. The …

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Cole Custer to Race for SHR in 2017 XFINITY Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

On Friday morning, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Cole Custer, currently racing in the Camping World Truck Series for JR Motorsports, will move up to the XFINITY Series full-time in 2017.  Custer will drive the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing.  Sponsorship will continue to be provided by Haas Automation. Custer is very pleased to …

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Multimatic on Pole Once Again at COTA

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

It seems to be a regular thing this year in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  Have a qualifying session and Multimatic Motorsports‘ Scott Maxwell plonks himself at the top of the sheets.  Thursday afternoon at Circuit of the Americas was no different. Maxwell won the overall (and Grand Sport) pole for the Circuit of …

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