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Chase Elliott Snags Geico 500 Pole

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When it comes to superspeedway qualifying, Chase Elliott‘s two-for-two in his rookie season. Elliott’s 49.704-second lap late in the second round of qualifying was good for the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway, his second pole on the season. Elliott also claimed first on the grid for the season-opening Daytona 500. The Dawsonville, …

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Joey Logano Paces Final Sprint Cup Practice at Talladega

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If weather rains out Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, then fall 2015 winner Joey Logano will sit on the pole. Logano’s 48.785-second circuit around the Alabama track was enough to lead final practice for the Cup Series. Rookie Ryan Blaney (48.798) and Chase Elliott (48.811) followed in second and third, with …

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Jamie McMurray Tops Quiet Talladega Practice

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The opening practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway could be described with one word: Uneventful. Jamie McMurray‘s 47.943-second lap topped the opening practice for Sunday’s Geico 500. The lap, set during an early pack run, held throughout the session as most teams focused on single-car runs. Chase Elliott (47.941), Kurt Busch (48.022), …

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Eldora Truck Race Adds Aspen Dental as Presenting Sponsor

Eldora Million

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The only NASCAR-sanctioned race on dirt has a new presenting sponsor. The July 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway will be sponsored by Aspen Dental, speedway owner Tony Stewart confirmed on Friday (April 29) at Talladega Superspeedway. The Rossburg, Ohio, track confirmed the news in a release. “During our five year …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Receives P3 Penalty for Richmond Infraction

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Three teams had infractions during the Richmond race weekend, with one team receiving a P3 penalty. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team was found to have an illegal steering system during opening inspection and the team was levied a P3 penalty on Wednesday. Stenhouse’s crew chief Nick Sandler was fined $20,000, placed …

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Overnight Ratings Decline Slightly for Richmond

Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 marked another drop in television viewership this season for NASCAR. According to Sports Media Watch, the race came in posting a 2.9 Nielsen rating, down 6% from last year’s 3.1 for the rain-delayed Richmond event a year ago. That race was run on Sunday as well following a rainout. After that event, the racetrack petitioned …

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Entry List: GEICO 500

Following two weeks of short track action, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the biggest track on the schedule at Talladega Superspeedway. For the second consecutive race, there are 41 cars entered and one will go home following qualifying on Saturday. Tony Stewart made his return to competition last weekend and is entered again for …

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NASCAR Changes Lug Nut Policy Amidst Controversy

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Five days after fining Tony Stewart $35,000 for comments made about NASCAR’s lug nut policy — or the lack there of — NASCAR has announced a series of mandates for pit stops. NASCAR will begin policing teams this coming weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, as pit crews will be forced to put on and tighten all …

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Kasey Kahne Grabs ‘Encouraging’ Fourth-Place Effort at Richmond

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Returning to the sight of his first Sprint Cup Series win back in 2005, Richmond International Raceway seemed to bring out the best in Kasey Kahne on Sunday afternoon. Grabbing a much-needed fourth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, Kahne was excited to be back racing in the front of the field. “We …

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