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Heinricher Racing Continues Shank Partnership, Fields Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg for 2020

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Heinricher Racing announced Monday (Dec. 9) that they will continue their relationship with Meyer Shank Racing for a second straight year.  The team will not continue with their all-female driver lineup, though.  Replacing Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will be Alvaro Parente and Misha Goikhberg for the full season in the No. 57 Acura NSX …

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Starworks Motorsport Shifts To LMP2 in 2020

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Starworks Motorsport announced Monday (Dec. 9) that they will move away from the GT Daytona class (seen above) and return to the prototype ranks in 2020.  The team has acquired an ORECA 07-Gibson and will race it in at minimum the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in 2020.  The team hopes to add the three …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: TV Ratings Up for 2019

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After a full season of NASCAR coverage in 2019, NASCAR has something to hang its hat on, as ratings for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series increased ever so slightly over 2018.  The increase was very slight, but hey, every little bit helps. It’s nowhere near where they were in 2014 (outlined here on Frontstretch‘s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR on NBC Needs Coverage of More Than Just the Championship 4

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Well, the NASCAR season is now complete.  Kyle Busch is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.  Out of the five of us from Frontstretch that worked the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, I was the only one to pick him to do it.  Ultimately, Busch was the only one to not screw up Sunday.  Sometimes, …

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GRT Grasser Racing Team Joins IMSA With Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen

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A part-time operation will go full-time in IMSA in 2020.  GRT Grasser Racing Team has partnered with GEAR Racing to field a No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will team up for the full season in the GT Daytona class. GEAR stands for …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Some Quick Thoughts

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The season is now complete. You’re probably wondering what I thought of the broadcasts this past weekend from Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truth is, I was in Homestead last weekend covering the event for Frontstretch. I wrote articles, interviewed drivers, tweeted and took over 3,000 photos. Pretty busy weekend, don’t you think? That said, I haven’t been …

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Paul Menard, David Ragan End Full-Time NASCAR Careers

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While the focus on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway was clearly on the Championship 4, there were other stories in play.  For both Paul Menard and David Ragan, Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 marked their final races as full-time drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Menard had a relatively quiet race and mostly ran around …

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Austin Cindric Has Up-and-Down Run To 7th, Finishes 6th In Points

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For Team Penske’s Austin Cindric, Saturday was a day to simply do the best he could.  Getting eliminated from the playoffs at ISM Raceway meant that he entered Homestead tied for fifth in points with Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe.  The goal for Saturday was simply to outscore Briscoe. Early on, it appeared that he was …

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Tyler Reddick Wins Ford EcoBoost 300 Pole

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Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick fired the first salvo Saturday afternoon (Nov. 16) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  With a lap at 167.069 miles per hour, Reddick will start from the pole in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale. Reddick’s lap was seven-hundredths of a second faster than fellow championship contender Cole Custer. …

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Austin Hill Wins Ford EcoBoost 200; Matt Crafton Claims 3rd Truck Championship

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Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill took advantage of slightly fresher tires on the final run of the race to run down Matt Crafton and take the lead with 23 laps to go.  From there, Hill opened up a gap and held on to take his fourth win of 2019.  However, Crafton kept Hill in sight …

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