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Kyle Busch Sneaks by Martin Truex, Jr. for Texas Sweep

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Get out the broom because Kyle Busch has done it again. Following a late-race pass on Martin Truex, Jr. on the final restart, Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after leading just 34 laps. Busch wins for the second straight week in the Sprint Cup Series and fourth straight race …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Final Duck Commander 500 Practice

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The Sprint Cup Series took to Texas Motor Speedway early Friday evening for the final practice session for tomorrow night’s Duck Commander 500. Martin Truex, Jr. topped the charts for the entire session with a fast lap of 192.390 mph (28.068 sec.). Truex, who will start third tomorrow night, ran 51 laps. Polesitter Carl Edwards …

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Charlotte Motor Speedway Announces Coca-Cola 600 Pre-race Plans

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Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the festivities for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. From ground exercises, rope teams, vintage warbirds and even a 21-gun salute, the military-packed show will also feature 600 U.S. Army soldiers marching through the grandstands before they hold two large American flags in the infield. …

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Kyle Busch to Lead O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Field to Green

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For the fifth straight race, Joe Gibbs Racing has swept the top 3 starting positions for tonight’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch scored his fifth straight pole with a lap of 188.475 mph, ahead of teammates and XFINITY Series regulars Erik Jones, who won this race last year, and Daniel …

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Carl Edwards Snags Duck Commander 500 Pole

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Posting a lap of 194.609 mph (27.748 sec), the driver of the No. 19 Toyota scored his first pole of the season and second at Texas. Edwards led the final two rounds of qualifying after posting …

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Kyle Busch Warned Following Martinsville Victory

Two teams were warned following the Martinsville race weekend, including Sprint Cup Series winner Kyle Busch, for issues found during inspection. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team was warned for failing pre-race inspection twice. He failed the laser inspection portion of the process. Busch started seventh and led 352 laps en route to his …

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Martinsville Overnight TV Ratings Decline During First FS1 Broadcast of 2016

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Sunday’s STP 500 continued the downward trend for Sprint Cup Series TV ratings this season as the race scored a 2.2 overnight rating. According to Sports Media Watch, this is a 12 percent drop from the event one year ago that scored a 2.5 rating. Last year’s event was the first time the Martinsville Speedway …

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Brian Vickers Happy to Be Back in Contention After Rough Road

Zach Catanzareti

Brian Vickers captured a strong seventh-place result in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway after showing stellar pace all weekend long at the Virginia short track. Following the opening six races of the Sprint Cup Series season, Vickers, subbing for an injured Tony Stewart, now has four starts in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. …

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Kyle Busch Dominates Toward Martinsville Win

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kyle Busch took his first victory at Martinsville Speedway in dominating fashion, leading a race-high 351 laps in Sunday’s STP 500. Holding off AJ Allmendinger in the final 11-lap run, Busch scored his 35th career Sprint Cup Series win and first of 2016. “To be able to finally put it all together is pretty cool,” Busch …

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