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Hermie Sadler Back at Home with Cup Start at Martinsville

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After more than five years, Hermie Sadler will start a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. And like the last time he raced against the sport’s best in 2012, it comes at his home track of Martinsville Speedway. “I’ve been coming up here since I was five years old,” Emporia, Virginia native Sadler told Frontstretch. “My …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Martin Truex Jr. Grab First Short Track Win in Martinsville?

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Will Martin Truex Jr. Grab First Short Track Win? Though we’ll later discuss whose best shot at advancing to the Championship 4 at Martinsville Speedway, here’s one guy whose best opportunities come but every week in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Martin Truex Jr. has lit the sport on fire since 2015, …

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Ryan Vargas Overcoming All Odds Toward NASCAR Career


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Evel Knievel, the late, great stunt performer, once said that bones heal, pain is temporary and chicks dig scars. For 17-year-old Ryan Vargas, these are words to live by. While he competes in the 2017 Drive for Diversity Combine hosted by K&N Pro Series East team Rev Racing, Vargas stood out even before he hit …

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Martin Truex Jr. Overcomes Troubles for 7th Victory at Kansas

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After a chaotic day that seemed to surprise everyone — drivers, crew chiefs, fans, etc. — a familiar sight ended the day: Martin Truex Jr. pulling into Victory Lane, as he won Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway. Overcoming a lap-36 restart violation and a loose wheel on lap 92, the Furniture Row Racing …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Consistency Be Enough for Playoff Bubble Drivers in Kansas?


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Will Consistency Be Enough for Playoff Bubble Drivers in Kansas? There seems to be no time for these poor drivers to relax this time of the season. We’re less than two weeks removed from one of the most humid races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, followed by the insanity of Talladega Superspeedway. Now? Elimination at Kansas …

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Gray Gaulding Blown Away by First Top-10 Finish at Talladega

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Many stories may have ended in the garage Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, but one prevailed. Gray Gaulding may have crossed the finish line with more tape than visible sponsor logos, but a finish was enough to earn the 19-year-old his first top 10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, ending the day ninth. “We …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bids Farewell to Talladega With Powerful Drive

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The anxiety was higher than usual for the initial start of Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started from pole and raced for the lead early. It was only lap 8, but this was a big day. In Earnhardt’s final season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he checked off another …

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Brad Keselowski Simply Survives for Talladega Victory

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If you finished Sunday’s Alabama 500, you came home happy. With only 14 cars running at the finish at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski topped them all after winning off a last-lap pass on Ryan Newman. Keselowski, who led only seven laps on the day, passed the No. 31 through turns 3 and 4 and cleared …

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Playoff Driver Jamie McMurray Crashes Out Early in Talladega

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Talladega Superspeedway’s first hit on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs occurred early and violently Sunday on lap 25 of the Alabama 500. Jamie McMurray, who slowed to enter pit road under green, got hit from behind by Erik Jones, spinning into the path of Jeffrey Earnhardt. The Nos. 1 and 33 made …

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Furniture Row Racing Unveils 30-Race Partnership with Bass Pro Shops, 5-hour ENERGY for 2018


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For the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Furniture Row Racing will be fully sponsored. Following a season that has seen Martin Truex Jr. score six wins and the championship points lead with six races remaining, Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY ahs stepped up, jumping onboard for 30 races in 2018. In a …

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