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Friday Faceoff: Can NASCAR Sustain Southern 500 Success?

Kurt Busch goes for a spin during the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

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The Bojangles’ Southern 500 was by most counts a success with the new aero package and tires matched to it; ratings were the best for a Labor Day weekend show since 2007. Can NASCAR sustain the success of the Southern 500 and in general, and what could be done differently? Summer Bedgood, Senior Editor: I …

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Austin Dillon Leads Way in 1st 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Practice at Richmond

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NASCAR has always been known for its dynasties, and one of the top families currently in NASCAR is the Dillons. And on Thursday, the brothers Dillon were on top of the practice chart in the first NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Richmond International Raceway. Austin Dillon was quickest, followed by his brother, Ty Dillon. The former is a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why No New Rule Package for Chase Races in 2015?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Cars circle Darlinton Raceway under caution in the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500

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What a weekend we had at Darlington, huh? The racing was a drastic improvement from what we’ve seen in 2015 and the throwback weekend was a lot of fun. My highlight of the weekend was watching Ken Squier, my idol as a child, calling a race again with Ned and Dale Jarrett. Squier just has …

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Denny Hamlin Takes the Pole for 2015 VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington

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Joe Gibbs Racing has shown strength in the Xfinity Series in past years and on Saturday the team proved its strength in qualifying as it’s an all JGR front row for the VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin took the pole for Saturday’s event. It’s his 20th career NXS pole and …

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Friday Faceoff: Panic Time for Jeff Gordon?

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The summer stretch is coming to a close and Jeff Gordon still hasn’t won a race. Is it time for the No. 24 team to click the panic button? Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: No, the No. 24 team shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet. Despite its struggles, the team is sitting in position to make the Chase …

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Advocare Adds Chris Buescher Sponsorship for 6 Races

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A successful season can get some recognition for a team, and Chris Buescher‘s run a the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship has done just that as Roush Fenway Racing announced Thursday that Advocare will be the primary sponsor of the driver’s No. 60 Ford for six NXS races this season. The partnership will start this weekend …

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Michael Waltrip Racing Planning Layoff of Over 200 Employees

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Michael Waltrip Racing filed a notice this past week with the North Carolina Department of Commerce that the team will lay off 217 employees effective Nov. 1, FOX Sports reports. In North Carolina, where the team’s shop is located, a company is required to file Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), paperwork when laying off …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt to Attempt Cup Debut at Richmond

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There has been only one fourth generation driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. That happened when 20-year-old Adam Petty made his NSCS debut at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2000. On Sept. 15, that may change as the second fourth generation driver in NASCAR history will attempt to make his Cup debut. Go FAS Racing …

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Leavine Family Racing, Monitronics Announce Partnership, Giveaway

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Leavine Family Racing made headlines earlier in the 2015 season after the team had a fire in its shop, causing damage and destroying equipment and machinery. However, there wasn’t all bad news that came out of the fire. Shortly after the fire the team the team partnered with Monitronics Security, who outfitted its new shop with …

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Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth Among Drivers and Teams Penalized After Bristol

Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin compare notes before the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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NASCAR issued warnings to 11 teams following the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will lose 15 minutes of practice time for next Sunday’s race due to multiple infractions during inspection. Busch’s team failed pre-race inspection four times and Kenseth’s team failed pre-race inspection …

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