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Kurt Busch Takes Pole for O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Kurt Busch scored his first pole of the 2018 season and second straight at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday when qualifying was shortened for lightning in the area after just one round. “It was a unique situation with just having the one round,” Busch said. “The thought that weather was in the area hadn’t crossed our minds …

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Ryan Truex, Daniel Hemric Lead Pair of NXS Practices at Texas Motor Speedway

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Ryan Truex and Daniel Hemric led the pair of NASCAR XFINITY Series practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. A mock qualifying run late in the opening practice vaulted Truex to the top of the leaderboard shortly before time expired. The 187.266 mph lap was the fastest posted by any NXS driver in both …

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Kurt Busch Leads Opening MENCS Practice in Texas

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Kurt Busch led the first practice session for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams at Texas Motor Speedway Friday (April 6) afternoon with a 196.200 mph lap. Stewart-Haas Racing swept the top three positions with Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, who won at the 1.5-mile oval last November, second-quickest. Clint Bowyer, who broke a …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 5 Memories to Help You Through the Downtime

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Norm Benning Races into 2013 Eldora Feature Through LCQ This video has to be one of my favorites from recent years. Here you have Norm Benning who, despite having very limited funding, spent each week plugging along multiple laps down. But as the series hit Eldora Speedway for the first time, a miracle happened for …

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Truckin’ Thurdays: 3 Takeaways from Martinsville Headed into the Extended Break

Timothy Peters certainly would have some thoughts on the Trucks schedule (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The schedule is still inherently broken Despite the changes NASCAR has made to the schedule, giving us three Camping World Truck Series races before Martinsville Speedway, the long breaks early in the season are still a major problem that needs addressing. After opening the season with three-straight races at Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas, the …

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Tracking the Trucks: John Hunter Nemechek Wins Snow-Delayed Martinsville Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a Nutshell: After a nearly 45-hour snow delay, John Hunter Nemechek emerged victorious by a slim 0.106-second margin over Kyle Benjamin, who made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway. The part-time driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet took the lead with 31 laps to go in a thrilling three-wide move and …

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Pace Laps: Snowing on NASCAR’s Parade

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Snowing On Martinsville’s Parade Martinsville has always been a must see on the NASCAR schedule. A month of cookie-cutter ovals have left fans ready and waiting for the shortest track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Drivers and teams were ready to put on a show to jumpstart the …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 4 Drivers to Watch Headed into Martinsville

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After spending the last two weekends sitting idle, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets back on track this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Typically a place where survival is part of the game, the Virginia short track usually brings in multiple one-off drivers, attempting to make their place in the sport. Of course, once the …

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Daniel Hemric to Make Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Debut at Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daniel Hemric will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut next month. Piloting the No. 8 Chevrolet with backing from Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, the 27-year-old is set to make two Cup starts this season, with the first coming at Richmond International Raceway April 21. Additionally, he’s scheduled to run Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval Sept. …

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Jimmie Johnson Scores 1st Top 10 of 2018 at Auto Club Speedway

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Jimmie Johnson scored his first top-10 finish since Charlotte last October Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. It wasn’t easy, but the ninth-place run was much needed in a hometown race for the El Cajon, Ca. native. “Each week we have been getting a little bit better,” Johnson said after the race. The performance snapped …

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