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Sam Hornish Jr. Will Not Return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016

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As Sam Hornish Jr. indicated to Frontstretch at Dover International Speedway in October, he will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016. The three-time IndyCar Series champion joined the organization this season, piloting the No. 9 car after a stint in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the greater portion of four years. At Dover, …

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Practice No. 1 at Phoenix

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On Friday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series teams took to Phoenix International Raceway’s 1-mile tri-oval for 85 minutes of practice. Unlike last week in Texas, the trend during the session was that drivers could still pump out fast laps on tires that had as many as 15 laps on them. Late in the session, Jimmie …

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Ernie Cope Named JTG Daugherty Racing Competition Director

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Veteran crew chief Ernie Cope will leave JR Motorsports at the end of the season and move to JTG Daugherty Racing and become the team’s competition director. Cope’s career started as a driver, running several seasons in K&N Pro Series West prior to becoming a crew chief. His crew chief career started in 1997 and …

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Casey Mears Re-Signs with Germain Racing Through 2018

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It’s been a slow silly season so far in the Cup Series but today business picked up a little bit when it was announced that Casey Mears has signed a multi-year extension with Germain Racing. Mears will be with the organization, driving the team’s No. 13 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, through the 2018 season. The …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Headlines List of Post-Texas Warnings

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Seven NASCAR teams were warned for infractions occurring during last weekend’s Texas race weekend, including that of the Sprint Cup Series’ most popular driver. The No. 88 team of Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of five Cup teams hit with a warning. His team failed pre-qualifying inspection twice and, in addition to the warning, was …

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Atlanta Motor Speedway to Add SAFER Barrier for 2016

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By next February, Atlanta Motor Speedway will join the ranks of tracks that have added safety modifications to its facilities. The track announced in a release that it will be adding over 4,700 feet of the SAFER soft wall technology to its facility. Areas of the frontstretch, backstretch and the inside walls of the turns …

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Entry List: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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With only two races remaining, the Chase for the Sprint Cup makes its way to Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500(k) at PIR. The list includes 43 entrants, meaning every team will make Sunday’s race. Ryan Ellis will look to make his …

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Jimmie Johnson Pounces To 2015 AAA Texas 500 Victory, 6th at TMS

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Jimmie Johnson spoiled a Chase clinching win for Brad Keselowski as he made the winning pass with three laps to go to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The victory for Johnson is the fifth of the season and third in a row at Texas. “I kept working on him, working on …

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Martin Truex Jr. Sometimes “Frustrated” at Underdog Label

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After being displaced at Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the 2013 season in the wake of spingate, Martin Truex Jr. landed at single-car team Furniture Row Racing the following year. In a ride that Kurt Busch took to its best results at that point – 11 top fives, 15 top 10s and 12th in …

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Brad Keselowski Sees Value in Double Duty Race Weekends

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The Sprint Cup Series took to Texas Motor Speedway Friday for a single practice session before qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, and many teams spent only short bursts of time on track, tweaking their setups for the afternoon, knowing Saturday morning brought two more chances to adjust the race trim. But when early mornings rains …

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