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Fire on Fridays: Is The Pay To Play Era In NASCAR Ending?

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As long as racing has been in existence, money has been paramount. That will never change, but as of late, the concept seems to be morphing to some degree. When the sport was at its peak in the early-to-mid 2000s, sponsors aplenty came into NASCAR like clockwork. Heck, I can only imagine what it’d be …

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Fire on Fridays: Christopher Bell Is Ready to Close the Deal

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If the kill in his eyes was any indication, Christopher Bell is a man on a mission. Despite his dominant performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this past weekend, he wound up getting beat by strategy and his championship rival Tyler Reddick for the win. Bell led 154 laps, has …

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Matt DiBenedetto on Move to Wood Brothers, Wild Last Few Months

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Nobody has had a more emotional few months than Matt DiBenedetto. The current driver for Leavine Family Racing recently announced his move to Wood Brothers Racing for 2020, coming a year after his “leap of faith” from Go FAS Racing that led him to LFR. The support for DiBenedetto came pouring in during Bristol week, …

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William Byron Rallies From Contact and Spin For Top 10: ‘Really Frustrating. We Had A Great Day Going’

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William Byron‘s first NASCAR playoffs began with one of the more eventful races of his career. The defending Sunoco Rookie of the Year earned his 10th top 10 of the season on Sunday (Sept. 15) in the South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surviving a cut tire and subsequent spin to finish seventh, …

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Kevin Harvick Pleased With Runner-Up Finish: ‘Today, We Ground One Out’

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Despite being the ultimate competitor he is, Kevin Harvick was very happy with his runner-up result in Sunday’s (Sept. 15) South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “It was good. We had two solid stages and with the way that practice went for us, that was a miracle,” he said. “To be in contention with …

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Ryan Newman Earns Top 10 In Playoff Opener: We’re Capable Of More

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Death, taxes, and Ryan Newman somehow, someway ending up inside the top 10 when the checkered flag flies. The 16th-seeded Roush Fenway Racing driver earned his 10th top 10 of the season and in his career at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Sept. 15) in the South Point 400, gaining ground in the playoff …

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Justin Allgaier Records Top 5 in Vegas, Ready To Challenge Big 3 in Playoffs

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For the first half of Saturday night’s (Sept. 14) Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Justin Allgaier looked to be a contender for the win. He proved to be the only one that could stay in the same stratosphere as a dominant Christopher Bell without pit strategy coming into play. SEGAL: …

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Christopher Bell Relegated to Runner-Up After Tyler Reddick Stretches Fuel in Vegas

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For the third time this season, Christopher Bell led the most laps, but didn’t wind up victorious. The six-time winner this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series came up one spot short in Saturday (Sept. 14) night’s Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bell lost out to Tyler Reddick, who stretched …

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Ben Rhodes Escapes Engine Trouble, Leads ThorSport in Vegas

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After Friday’s (Sept. 13) World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ben Rhodes was ThorSport Racing’s last man standing. After all three of the team’s NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series playoff trucks saw their nights go up in literal smoke, Rhodes’ No. 99 Havoline Ford F-150 was the only one from that stable …

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Tyler Ankrum Advances To Round of 6 Amid ThorSport Engine Woes

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Less than three months ago, Tyler Ankrum was starting-and-parking for NEMCO Motorsports. The up-and-coming teenager was hoping to keep his NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series playoff hopes alive simply by showing up to the racetrack. Who knew how well those efforts would pay off for the series’ most unlikely postseason participant? After Friday night’s (Sept. …

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