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NASCAR Schedules Michigan Test for New Rules Package

Cars on track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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The new NASCAR rules package for 2016 will be featured in an Oct. 20 test at Michigan International Speedway. Three teams are expected to participate in the test session: Denny Hamlin for Joe Gibbs Racing, Chase Elliott with Hendrick Motorsports and Chris Buescher for Roush Fenway Racing. NASCAR has run four races in the 2015 season with the intent …

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Kevin Harvick Unveils 2016 Busch Paint Scheme

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NASCAR fans have known for some months that the No. 4 car, driven by defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, would have sponsorship from Busch Beer next season as the company takes over from Budweiser (both brands fall under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella) for 2016 and beyond. And on Thursday (Oct. 8) at Charlotte Motor Speedway, …

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Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart Among 6 Hit with Post-Dover Penalties, Warnings

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NASCAR warned six Sprint Cup teams on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Dover race weekend, including the Chase-contending teams of Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Busch’s No. 41 team was posted for rear bumper tubing found during pre-race inspection. The No. 14 team of Busch’s teammate and owner Tony Stewart was warned for …

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Michael Waltrip Plans to Race 2016 Daytona 500

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While Michael Waltrip Racing may be shutting down at the end of 2015, fans can still expect to see Michael Waltrip in the Great American Race. As reported by ESPN, Waltrip plans to compete in the 2016 Daytona 500, with support from Maxwell House that was announced in April. The announced plans come despite MWR closing its doors following this …

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NASCAR Places Cole Pearn on Probation Following Dover Infractions

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NASCAR’s penalized another Chase team following an infraction at Dover. NASCAR placed Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., on probation until Dec. 31, three days after finding Truex’s right-rear quarterpanel flared out during a visual inspection before Sunday’s AAA 400. While Truex’s No. 78 car passed initial inspection, it was sent back through the line and …

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Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford Re-Up for 2016

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Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its partnership with Ford Performance in 2016. Petty and Ford, which have been partners stretching all the way back to 1969 and most recently since 2010, will continue to field cars in NASCAR’s top series next year. The racing team currently fields two full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entries with Sam …

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David McGrath Named General Manager, Executive VP of New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) announced Monday that David McGrath has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McGrath will take over the position after Jerry Gappens recently resigned. Gappens served in the position since Speedway Motorsports Corporation purchased the facility in 2008. Marcus Smith said he chose McGrath because of …

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Axalta, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Partner for 2016

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Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports announced on Tuesday a contract extension that will continue through 2018. The extension will feature the company’s logo as the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 13 Sprint Cup Series races each season. It will also serve as a major associate sponsor in the other 23 …

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Entry List: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

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After a wet, wild end to the first round of the Chase, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is heading home. NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for October 10 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The list includes 45 entrants, meaning two will fail to make the race. Timmy Hill and Michael McDowell …

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Top-10 Effort for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Though the Chase drivers took the spotlight at Dover International Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. showcased his familiar concrete pace in the AAA 400 on Sunday with a solid eighth-place effort. Last hitting the top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in April – a track with a similar concrete surface – Stenhouse ran consistently in the …

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