Beyond the Cockpit

Jon Wood Reunites Family Team & North Wilkesboro, Preps for Greater Role in NASCAR’s Return

iRacing Executive Vice President and Executive Producer Steve Myers knew you couldn’t have a return to a legendary track without a certain legendary car. Jon Wood didn’t think it would be possible to field his family’s legendary Wood Brothers entry. But when all was said and done… he’ll be the …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones Likes That Old Time Rock &… Country

There’s no question that Erik Jones‘ passion for racing runs deep. But what some may not know is that the fourth-year NASCAR Cup Series driver is almost as equally passionate about music, particularly oldies in the rock and country genres that came out long before the 23-year-old was born. But …

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Bobby Labonte Putting Years of iRacing Experience to Use in Fun, Non-Weird Return to Joe Gibbs

After four years of retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, Bobby Labonte is back. Well, kind of. Since the NASCAR season was suspended due to COVID-19, Labonte has been competing in the Pro Invitational Series on iRacing. “Well, my first thought was, whenever racing Atlanta [Motor Speedway] got shut down …

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Cinderella Slipper Cracks: NASCAR iRacing Star Ty Majeski No Longer Able To Battle Cup Series Competition

Prior to a recent change to the NASCAR Pro Invitational Series on iRacing, Gander Outdoors RV & Truck Series rookie Ty Majeski was getting his chance to shine on a national stage. In the first two NASCAR Pro Invitational races, held at the sport’s virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway and Texas Motor …

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Todd Gilliland Refuses to Give Up in ‘Most Important Year’ of His Career at Front Row Motorsports

There may not have been a driver who received more criticism last season than Todd Gilliland, who failed to make the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series playoffs in Kyle Busch Motorsports equipment and went winless through his first 40 starts. He even had his then-boss Kyle Busch publicly chastise …

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Austin Hill Hungry for Truck Title & Respect, Getting Feet Wet in Xfinity

Austin Hill started last year with a lot of doubts and criticism after he replaced 2018 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt at Hattori Racing Enterprises. At the time, Hill only had one top-five finish and eight top 10s in 51 career Truck races. Granted, all of …

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Johnny Sauter: A Remnant Short Track Racer From ‘An Era That’s Gone By’

Just prior to the start of the 2019 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season, Johnny Sauter was let go of his ride at GMS Racing in favor of Brett Moffitt. In the 11th hour, Sauter, the 2016 Truck champion, and his longtime crew chief Joe Shear Jr. returned to …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Dalziel on LMP2, A Disaster of a 2019 Season and Starworks

Ryan Dalziel is a veteran presence in the IMSA paddock, having competed off and on in major sports car races here in the United States since 2005. In that time, Dalziel has raced everything from GT cars to Prototypes, in addition to a short stint in Champ Car back in …

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One Race To Go In David Ragan’s Full-Time Career: “Everything Just Came To A Head”

This weekend’s 2019 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the end to David Ragan‘s full-time driving career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A career spanning almost a decade and a half at the top level of North American motorsports has included plenty of ups and downs, as Ragan …

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