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Talladega Superspeedway to Add New SAFER Barriers

Talladega Superspeedway announced on Thursday that they will be adding additional SAFER barriers at the 2.66-mile tri-oval ahead of the spring NASCAR weekend at the beginning of May.  According to Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch, the new SAFER Barriers will be located on the inside of turns 1 and 3, in addition to at the …

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NASCAR Unveils 2015 Sprint Fan Vote, Makes Sprint All-Race Eligibility Rule Change

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On Thursday, NASCAR unveiled the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote, where race fans can vote a driver who otherwise would not have qualified into the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For 2015, the rules are similar, but a little different. As in past years, fans can vote by either going to NASCAR’s special website …

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Premium Motorsports Withdraws No. 66 from Fontana, Will Only Return with Sponsorship

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Motorsport.com‘s Lee Spencer reported on Wednesday that Premium Motorsports has withdrawn the No. 66 entry from this weekend’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. The reasoning for the withdrawal can be traced directly to funding. “The No. 66 is not a sponsored team,” team owner Jay Robinson told Spencer on Wednesday. “And if you’re …

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Michael Waltrip Racing Responds to Lawsuit by Former Employee

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Michael Waltrip Racing is being sued by a former employee with allegations of wrongfully terminating his contract, a suit filed in January. Brandon Hopkins, who served as a tire changer for MWR’s No. 15 car, is suing the team for unspecified damages. Hopkins was a pit crew member for Clint Bowyer’s car during the first part …

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Team Penske Named Finalist as Sports Team of the Year

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Team Penske Racing has been named as a finalist for the Sports Team of the Year award by The Sports Business Journal. Team Penske is the only racing team going for the category this year. Other finalists in the running for the award include: the Charlotte Hornets, Las Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Seattle Seahawks …

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Kevin Harvick Lives up to Hype, Wins at Phoenix for 7th Time

Kevin Harvick is undoubtedly the strongest man in NASCAR today, especially at Phoenix International Raceway. Let’s see here: a defending Sprint Cup championship, back-to-back wins in the 2015 season, four consecutive at Phoenix, seven straight finishes of second or better to join his seventh career win at Phoenix along with becoming to first driver to …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Blows Right Rear, Crashes Hard in Phoenix

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On lap 181 of Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. blew a right-rear tire and backed into the turn 2 wall. It came following a similar incident with Sam Hornish Jr. in the very same spot on the track earlier in the race when the No. 9 Ford also lost a …

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Opening-Lap Crash Brings Brian Vickers to Garage at Phoenix

Coming to complete the opening lap of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Brian Vickers got turned into the outside wall by the front bumper of Jimmie Johnson. In just his second race back after missing the opening two races of the 2015 Sprint Cup season due to heart surgery back in December, Vickers …

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Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick Pace 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Saturday Practice Sessions at Phoenix

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The 43 Sprint Cup series teams running at Phoenix International Raceway tomorrow afternoon had two sessions today to prepare for tomorrow’s running of the CampingWorld.com 500. The one constant throughout both practice sessions was that a Stewart-Haas Racing car was leading the pack. Making his first start of the season after having his suspension lifted, Kurt …

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