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Trackside Tweetups Enhance Race Day Experience

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Photo credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

I think I got an early start on Twitter, relative to many in the NASCAR community who’ve only recently discovered the social media platform. I joined Twitter on January 4, 2009 – nearly seven years ago – and my first tweet was, not surprisingly, about NASCAR. “I am doing a phone interview Monday with Aric …

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Phoenix Native Cassie Gannis Tries NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

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Cassie Gannis, a 24-year-old Phoenix racer, was a friendly face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage at Phoenix International Raceway, attempting to make the field for the first time in front of her hometown fans. Gannis and a determined team of local crew members and sponsors gave it all they had in practice Thursday and qualifying …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kurt Busch Tackles His 2015 Chase Chances

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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, pilot of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, made a pit stop in Phoenix Wednesday to help kick off the Chase for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup. The 2004 Cup titlist held a Q&A session with fans at the second annual “Breakfast With Champions,” part of NASCAR’s “Chase Across North …

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Actor John Schneider Discusses New Racing Film “Adrenaline”

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Award-winning actor John Schneider is a perennial favorite among NASCAR fans thanks in large part to his iconic role as ex-stock car driver Bo Duke in the classic ‘80s television series The Dukes of Hazzard. A multi-talented entertainer, Schneider’s career has spanned more than 35 years as an actor, singer, director, producer and writer; he …

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The Unofficial Official Rabbi of NASCAR

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“The Official Rabbi of NASCAR.” That title caught my attention recently when I heard it used in reference to Rabbi Daniel Lapin, a noted rabbinic scholar and best-selling author. Curious, I contacted Rabbi Lapin to learn more. “It is entirely a self-bestowed title,” Lapin told me in an interview this week. “It flows from my …

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Martin Truex Jr. On Top of NASCAR Stats – Except the One that Counts

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Last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was the 13th of the 2015 season, marking the official halfway point to the start of Chase for the Championship. There have been nine different winners so far in the first 13 races, including now four-time victor Jimmie Johnson, who scored the win at …

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Jeff Gordon Showing Heart of a Champion in Final Season

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Back in January, when Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last year competing full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he expressed high hopes for the season that was about to begin. “I’m going to pour everything I have into this season and look forward to the challenge of competing for one …

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Balance a Key to Kevin Harvick’s Success

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Who’s the best NASCAR driver without a Cup Series championship trophy? It’s one of those provocative questions that NASCAR fans love to debate. The driver most often mentioned in this category is Mark Martin. He competed in the Cup Series for 31 years and finished second in points five times, but never achieved a championship. …

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