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Truckin’ Thursdays: A Look at How the Truck Series Was Born

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The 2019 season marks the 25th year for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. While it’s arguably the best racing each and every weekend it races, the series is far less tenured than both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own rich history. As I did some …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Remembering 11 Years of Truck Series Racing at Richmond

Richmond Raceway. Those two words can easily bring a smile to your face if you’re a NASCAR fan. And for good reason. Last week, when NASCAR revealed the 2020 Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule, it had few surprises. With just 23 races, multiple off-weeks in a row are inevitable, though the longest break doesn’t come …

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Kaz Grala’s ‘Last-Ditch Effort’ That Landed Him a Ride With Richard Childress Racing

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

After making his 2019 Xinity Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway with Richard Childress Racing a couple of weeks ago, Kaz Grala will once again pilot the No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet when the series hits Richmond Raceway this weekend. In mid-February, RCR and Grala announced a partnership that put him in the No. 21 Chevrolet …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: NASCAR Reveals 2020 Truck Series Schedule

NASCAR released the 2020 Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule on Wednesday afternoon (April 3). The series still features 23 races and will open the season at Daytona International Speedway as part of the usual tripleheader with the NASCAR Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. And just like the Cup Series, the season finale has …

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Team Penske Falls Flat at Texas Motor Speedway, Fails to Finish in Top 10

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Team Penske has been one of the two dominant NASCAR teams of 2019. They’ve snagged three wins in the first six races, including last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. But once the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hit Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, that changed. Joey Logano was the highest-qualifying driver in …

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Jimmie Johnson Inspired by 5th-Place Texas Finish: ‘This is What We’ve Been Looking For’

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Jimmie Johnson walked away from the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon (March 31) with a smile on his face and his best finish since a third-place result at Bristol Motor Speedway last April. A fifth-place performance was also his first top-five result since Charlotte Motor Speedway last May. And …

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Texas Runner-Up Tyler Reddick Leads 1st Dash 4 Cash Field to Bristol

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The drop of the checkered flag over Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon set the first of four NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash fields. The top four finishing series regulars will battle it out at Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend for a $100,000 bonus. Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe and Michael Annett comprise …

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Denny Hamlin Leads Final Cup Practice in Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Denny Hamlin led a thrilling final practice at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday morning (March 30) with a 186.987 mph lap. Rainy conditions canceled the first of two scheduled sessions, giving teams just a single shot at the track in temperatures that are more than 20 degrees cooler than they were Friday. Hamlin was followed by …

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Kaz Grala Has “Realistic” Goal of a Top 10 in 1st Start with Richard Childress Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kaz Grala will make his 2019 Xfinity Series debut Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. Piloting the No. 21 Hot Scream Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, the 20-year-old is running a part-time schedule that stemmed from the quick success FURY Race Cars saw last season. Even though he hasn’t been on track yet this season, …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Busch Snags Win in Wild Texas Truck Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch scored his fourth straight win in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Several drivers, including runner-up Stewart Friesen, made a run at the lead during the final green flag run but just didn’t have enough to mount a challenge that stuck. “It was …

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