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NASCAR 101: The Fluctuation of the NASCAR Calendar, by the Numbers

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NASCAR released the 2020 schedule and it’s totally different. “Martinsville is under the lights, woooo!” “Darlington is opening the playoffs?” “Oh my gosh, the Firecracker 400 is not on July 4th.” “Hmm… ISM is the championship race.” “What in the world is going on at Pocono?” Many drivers, teams, owners, officials and tracks have responded …

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Brandonbilt Motorsports to Field Mason Diaz at Richmond

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Brandonbilt Motorsports will field the team’s flagship No. 86 Chevrolet for 18-year-old Mason Diaz in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Richmond Raceway on April 12. Diaz, who cut his teeth in the late model stocks ranks across the southeast, will carry sponsorship backing from Extreme Custom Collision and Solid Rock Carriers. Happy to announce …

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Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Extend Relationship With Interstate Batteries

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Joe Gibbs Racing has renewed a partnership with the team’s long time sponsor, Interstate Batteries. Although the actual length of the extension was undisclosed, the multi-year agreement will run through at least 2022, which will mark the 30th year of partnership between the two parties. As a part of the agreement, 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR …

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AJ Allmendinger Joins Kaulig Racing for Multiple Xfinity Events

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After a brief absence, AJ Allmendinger is returning to NASCAR competition. The Los Gatos, Calif. driver will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing in select events throughout the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series calendar, the team announced Thursday (March 21). After leaving the driver’s seat as a full-time driver following the conclusion of the …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Auto Club 400 Edition

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It finally happened. After weeks of publicity and hype, Kyle Busch scored his 200th career victory across NASCAR’s three national touring series in Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Busch is looking unbeatable, but will this trend last as NASCAR moves back east? Once again, Martin Truex Jr started deep in the field at Auto Club but …

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NASCAR 101: The Revival of the Sportsman, Courtesy Ryan Sieg

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series: “Where names are made.” Right??? Over the last several years, Xfinity has been a place for young teens and 20-somethings to get experience on larger tracks and race against top competition. The same goes for NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series. Drivers with last names like Cindric, …

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Hill Motorsports to Run Partial Truck Season, Debuting at Martinsville

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Longtime NASCAR competitor and second generation driver Timmy Hill has formed a new NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team. Hill Motorsports plans to attempt a partial schedule in the 2019 season, beginning at Martinsville Speedway (March 23). Hill, along with younger brother Tyler, will share driving duties of the No. 56 Chevrolet throughout the season. …

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Jeb Burton to Compete at Martinsville for Rick Ware Racing

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Jeb Burton is returning to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. The son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton will wheel the No. 52 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing for the 2019 STP 500 (Mar. 24) at Martinsville Speedway. Muzzy Bowfishing will sponsor the effort. Last fall in a one-off race for …

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Longtime F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting Dies Unexpectedly at 66

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting, regarded as one of motorsport’s most influential figures, died unexpectedly Thursday (March 14) of a pulmonary embolism. He was just 66 years old. Whiting’s death comes three days before he was due to officiate Formula 1’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Whiting had been the chief steward of the International …

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