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Kurt Busch Fastest in Final 2015 STP 500 Practice at Martinsville

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Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch was fastest in the final 50-minute practice session for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, the defending winner of the race, ended the session with a fast time of 19.502 seconds. Runner up in this race one year ago, Jimmie Johnson was second in practice with a 19.560-second lap time. …

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Denny Hamlin Fastest in Morning 2015 STP 500 Practice at Martinsville

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Four-time Martinsville Speedway winner Denny Hamlin topped the opening Saturday practice (19.499 sec.) for Sprint Cup team at Martinsville Speedway for this weekends STP 500. Hamlin was one of two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the fast five, with Carl Edwards completing the session in fifth. Hendrick Motorsports, the dominant team at Martinsville as of …

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Joey Logano Claims 2nd Pole of 2015 at Martinsville

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No matter the type of track, Team Penske keeps finding ways to shine. A week after teammate Brad Keselowski’s win at Auto Club Speedway, Joey Logano ran a 19.232-second lap to claim the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Logano’s second pole of the season. Following Logano was Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman, …

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Ryan Newman Tops Rain-Delayed 2015 STP 500 Practice at Martinsville

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While one Richard Childress Racing teammate struggled, the other was the quickest on the track. Ryan Newman ran a lap time of 19.355 seconds to top the charts for the Sprint Cup Series’ lone Friday practice session. He was joined by RCR affiliates AJ Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr. in second and fifth, along with Hendrick Motorsports …

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Team Xtreme Racing Withdraws From Martinsville, Worker Reports Unpaid Work on Reddit

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The problems for Team Xtreme Racing extend beyond the owner. A worker for the team, which competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the No. 44 Chevrolet, took to Reddit to accuse team owner John Cohen of going two weeks without paying his employees’ salaries. Using the name Daegoba, the worker indicated that this problem is not …

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NASCAR Issues Penalties for Auto Club Infractions

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The No. 33 Circle Sport Sprint Cup team and crew members from the No. 8 Xfinity Series team have been penalized for infractions taking place during this past weekend’s events at Auto Club Speedway. According to NASCAR, the No. 33 Chevrolet SS driven by Brian Scott in the Sprint Cup Series was found to have …

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J.D. Gibbs Undergoing Treatment for Impairment of Brain Function

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Wednesday that the company’s president, JD Gibbs, is undergoing treatment for “symptoms impacting areas of brain function.” The announcement comes after Gibbs underwent a series of tests administered after the onset of speech and processing issues. According to the JGR press release, “Gibbs’s doctors believe the complications he has experienced were …

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Qualifying Round 1 Lengthened, While Plate Format Could Change Again?

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On Tuesday, NASCAR sent a bulletin to teams indicating that the length of the first round in group qualifying will be extended from 15 to 20 minutes at short and intermediate tracks, starting this Friday in Martinsville. The move is designed to make it easier for teams (especially at short tracks) to be able to …

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Entry List: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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Jeff Gordon‘s successor is about to see his first Sprint Cup Series action. NASCAR released the entry list for the March 29 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway earlier today (March 23). The first short track race of the season will have 46 entrants, meaning that three teams will fail to qualify for Sunday’s race. 2014 …

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