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TV Ratings Down for Sprint Cup Indianapolis Race, Up for Nationwide

Jeff Gordon does a burnout after winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.

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The TV broadcast of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought in a 3.4 U.S. Rating, averaging 5.196 million viewers. The viewership is down from the 2013 race, which boasted an average 5.46 million viewers. Indianapolis marked the biggest market with a rating of 15.0, which is up from 13.7 last year. …

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NASCAR Not setting Sights on Taking Nationwide and Cup to Eldora

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With the success of the Eldora Truck Series event, could a Cup race at the facility be on the horizon? Credit: Mike Neff

Last week, riding on the success of another strong showing at Eldora Raceway for the Camping World Truck Series, Tony Stewart expressed interest in bringing the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series to Eldora in the future. While Stewart may have those hopes, NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell said discussions of those nature haven’t happened. …

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Hal Martin to Run Iowa Speedway for TriStar Motorsports

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Hal Martin returns this weekend at Iowa Speedway / (C)Jerry Markland/Getty Images

TriStar Motorsports announced on Monday that Hal Martin will be behind the wheel of the No. 44 American Custom Yachts Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway. “It’s an honor to represent American Custom Yachts again this season behind the wheel of the No. 44 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports,” Hal Martin said. “I can’t …

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Hermie Sadler to Make Two Nationwide Series Starts for TriStar Motorsports

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TriStar Motosrprots announced that Hermie Sadler will drive the No. 19 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd and at Richmond International Speedway on September 5th. It will marks the first Nationwide Series start for the FOX Sports 1 analyst since 2010. TriStar added that Virginia Lottery will serve as …

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Maaco to Serve as Associate Sponsor for Jeff Gordon at Pocono Raceway

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Jeff Gordon carries the checkered flag after winning the 2014 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. (Credit: CIA)

When Jeff Gordon takes to the Tricky Triangle this weekend, he will have Maaco on the rear quarter panels of his No. 24 Chevrolet SS as they will serve as an associate sponsor for the 400. Gordon will have Axalta in the hood, as normal. Gordon is looking for his second straight victory after …

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Jason White to Run Part Time Truck Series Schedule for NTS Motorsports

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Jason White set to make Camping World Truck Series return / (C)Sean Gardner/Getty Images

NTS Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Jason White will run a part time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, beginning with this weekend’s Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday. “Jason is a great driver and always has an upbeat attitude and that is what we strive to build NTS Motorsports around,” NTS Motorsports Vice President of …

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Denny Hamlin and No. 11 Team Penalized Following Indianapolis Race

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Could Denny Hamlin be on the move after the 2015 season?

NASCAR announced on Tuesday that the No. 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team of Joe Gibbs Racing has been penalized for a rule infraction that was found during post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past weekend. NASCAR has suspended crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill for the next six races and …

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Mobil 1 to sponsor Kevin Harvick at Pocono Raceway

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Kevin Harvick during All-Star Qualifying in May / (C)Yvonne Leopard/

ExxonMobil announced on Monday they’re expanding their partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing, adding another primary sponsorship race to their schedule. However, it’s not with Tony Stewart, who they back consistently as part of a multi-year deal with the No. 14 Chevrolet. Instead, they will be the primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 for the …

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Report: Costs Around $1.5 million Per Race Weekend for Four-Car Team

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Late last month, Sports Business Daily writer Tripp Mickle followed Stewart-Haas Racing for the Kentucky Speedway race weekend to determine the cost of being a competitive race team in the Sprint Cup Series. The findings are startling, to say the least. Team expenses including flights, hotels, pit box transport, food, drinks and other expenses total up …

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Nationwide Series Sponsors: Larson welcomes Nashville Outlaws; Harvick reunites with Jimmy John’s

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that a new Big Machine Records album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, will adorn the quarter panels of Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in this weekend’s Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The new CD will feature some of country’s biggest stars, such as …

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