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Despite Late Wreck, Zane Smith Shakes Off Rust in JR Motorsports Debut

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Zane Smith said yesterday, before he made his first start for JR Motorsports, that “to be there at the end” was what the driver wanted to achieve in his first Xfinity race. Smith accomplished just that, even if the ending wasn’t what he hoped for. Running just outside the top 10 for nearly the entirety …

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Vegas Strong: Kyle Busch, Hometown Drivers and Sponsors Sweep Xfinity Podium

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For as dominant a car as Kyle Busch had in scoring his 93rd career Xfinity win on Saturday, it did not come easy. Busch’s troubles started early, as the Cup regular was forced to pit 15 laps into the race because of a loose wheel, and then spent much of the first half of the …

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Ryan Reed’s Return Highlights Banner Evening for DGR-Crosley at Las Vegas

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Ryan Reed embracing the switch to Trucks at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Given that DGR-Crosley’s 2019 season has started off with every wrong type of outcome imaginable, it seems counterintuitive that adding a third truck to the mix would improve the situation. It did. And while Ryan Reed might not individually responsible for the turn in fortunes, the finishing order doesn’t lie…Friday night was by leaps and …

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RCR Teammates Dillon, Hemric Top Pennzoil 400 Happy Hour

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday’s happy hour Cup practice at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway ended like Friday’s first practice did, with Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric 1-2 on the speed charts. For the rest of the top 10, the biggest storyline was the improvement seen in the Ford camp, with five Mustangs posting top 10 …

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What Always Happens in Vegas: Kyle Busch Dominates in Hometown Truck Race

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Kyle Busch led early and often Friday night, winning both rounds of qualifying, the pole, both stages, and completing the sweep with the trophy in the Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch, who proved almost untouchable in the first stage, won the second stage after a pitched battle with Stewart Friesen, and then …

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Two Weeks After Dominance, Qualifying Frustrates Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas

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William Byron looked good at Daytona, but whatʻs happened since (credit: Nigel Kincaid)

The season opened at Daytona with Hendrick Motorsports sweeping the top four spots in qualifying for the Daytona 500. The organization left the Sunday time trials with Chad Knausian swagger, having stolen the headlines from rival Ford and their new-body Mustangs. That swagger was nowhere to be found following qualifying on Friday, as only one …

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1 for 1: Hometown Kyle Busch on the Pole for Friday’s Truck Race

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Friday’s qualifying session for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series was full of surprises… except for up front. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup regular Kyle Busch, who last week broke a tie with Ron Hornaday for most Truck Series wins in NASCAR history, scored the pole for tonight’s Strat 200. Defending Truck Series champ Brett Moffitt, Harrison …

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Austin Dillon, RCR Top Uneventful First Practice at Las Vegas

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Austin Dillon topped first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice charts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday morning, a session that saw cars make qualifying runs early before delving into drafting experimentation. Dillon was followed closely by teammate Daniel Hemric in a session that saw Chevrolet take four of the top five speeds. Even the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

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The Headline(s): After missing the final round of qualifying Friday and much of Saturday’s happy hour while battling the stomach flu, Brad Keselowski stormed to the front and preserved just enough of his tires to hold off Martin Truex Jr. to score the first Cup points win for the Ford Mustang. The win was the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Daytona 500

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The Headline(s): Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota took the horses out to the beach at Daytona and shot them between the eyes. The organization swept the podium as Denny Hamlin scored his second career Daytona 500 victory. It was the first podium sweep of the Daytona 500 by any team since 1997. BOWLES: Denny Hamlin …

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Pace Laps: Denny Hamlin’s 2nd Daytona 500 Win & 2 First-Time Winners

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Scores Emotional Daytona 500 Win for Coach Gibbs, JGR Organization Working with teammate Kyle Busch and surviving three major wrecks in the final 15 laps of competition, Denny Hamlin scored his second Daytona 500 victory Sunday in the Great American Race. Hamlin and Busch were followed by Erik …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Avoids Headlines, Makes Progress in JGR Xfinity Debut

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The last thing that comes to mind when hearing the words Earnhardt and Daytona is uneventful. But that’s perhaps the perfect word to describe Jeffrey Earnhardt’s debut race with Joe Gibbs Racing, a lead-lap, 15th-place finish. It’s also more valuable than it may seem on the surface. Thanks to a penalty for changing tires post-qualifying, …

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