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Drivers Vent Frustration Following Daytona 500 Qualifying Fracas

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Is your head still hurting? If so, you’re like much of NASCAR nation who struggled to grab a hold of the group qualifying system for the 2015 Daytona 500. Though the attention had some positives – some found the debut of the new format exhilirating – others were much more pronounced in their discontent, and …

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2015 Daytona 500 Pre-Qualifying Practice

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Pre-qualifying practice for the Daytona 500 is in the books. Two sessions took place at Daytona International Speedway Saturday on Saturday with 48 of the 49 cars entered for the 500 taking times in the first session. 42 cars were on track later in the second session. Overall, Ricky Stenhouse …

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Jeff Gordon Fastest in Final Sprint Unlimited Practice

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Just 14 of the 25 cars racing the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night logged laps in the final practice session for tomorrow night’s Sprint Unlimited. Jeff Gordon, who will run his final Daytona 500 next weekend, posted the fastest speed with a 45.740 sec. (196.764 mph) lap. Denny Hamlin was second quickest, followed by teammate Kyle Busch. …

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Kurt Busch Paces First Sprint Unlimited Practice

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The first of two practice sessions for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited completed just moments ago at Daytona International Speedway. Kurt Busch, who was the only driver to crack the 200 mph mark in the draft, ran 23 circuits and paced the field with a fast lap of 44.832 sec. (200.749 mph). Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. came in …

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Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne Lead Sprint Unlimited Lineup

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The field for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited is official. Select fans were paired with crew chiefs for the drivers entered in the race for the random draw on Friday afternoon. Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne will start on the front row. Defending Unlimited winner Denny Hamlin will start ninth. Drivers will compete for 75 laps with …

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Landon Cassill’s Hillman Racing Team Becomes Hillman Smith Motorsports

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One of NASCAR’s smaller Sprint Cup Series teams just got a boost. Mike Hillman, owner of the No. 40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet with driver Landon Cassill, has announced that he has formed a partnership with West Coast businessman Gordon Smith have formed a partnership. The team will now be named Hillman Smith Motorsports, effective immediately. …

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CSX Transportation Renews Sponsorship with David Ragan

Today at Daytona 500 Media Day, David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced an eight-race sponsorship deal with CSX Transportation. The company, which has been a sponsor the last two seasons on the No.34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, will promote its Play It Safe campaign. ““I’ve really enjoyed working with all the great people at CSX,” …

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RaceBuddy Available for All Sprint Cup Races for First Time

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced 2015 plans for RaceBuddy, the official online compliment to NASCAR’s TV coverage for the past six seasons.  The new TV deal that begins at Daytona will result in NASCAR expanding the service to include coverage of every Sprint Cup race on the schedule for the very first time.  NASCAR’s press release …

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