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Regan Smith to Fill In Again for Almirola

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Regan Smith car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

After pulling substitute duty for Richard Petty Motorsports last week in NASCAR’s All-Star Open event, Regan Smith will again drive the famous No. 43 machine at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. Smith Finished fourth in the Open event on short notice and impressed the team enough for another chance. The Cato, New York …

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NASCAR 2018 Hall of Fame Class Announced

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Each year 20 legends of NASCAR are considered for induction to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Only five are chosen for immortality. The class of 2018 was announced Wednesday with Red Byron, Robert Yates, Ray Evernham, Ken Squire and Ron Hornaday Jr. joining the ranks of a select group of legends in stock car racing. Red …

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Regan Smith to Sub for Aric Almirola in Monster Energy Open at Charlotte

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Aric Almirola’s T5 compression fracture at Kansas Speedway Saturday night left a seat to be filled at Richard Petty Motorsports. At least for this weekend, that spot will be filled by Cup Series veteran Regan Smith. With limited time to find a substitute driver, the team announced Wednesday afternoon Smith will drive the No. 43 Ford. He’ll fill …

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NASCAR Next Class of 2017-2018 Revealed

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NASCAR announced the newest group of drivers Wednesday that comprise its NASCAR Next program. Now in its seventh year, the list of nine is designed to highlight young talent throughout the 2017-2018 racing seasons. By putting out their public resumes, the hope is they next get good money and sponsorship to move up the stock car ranks. …

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Furniture Row Racing Penalized After Bristol

2017 Atlanta CUP Martin Truex Jr car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Cole Pearn, Crew Chief for Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota will have a slightly smaller bank account after Bristol’s spring event. The Barney Visser owned team based out of Denver, Co. was found to have a missing lug nut in post race inspection. Pearn was fined $10,000 for the infraction. NASCAR’s XFINITY Series …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Primary Sponsor Circle K for Matt Kenseth

2017 Fontana CUP Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a much anticipated announcement on Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing revealed a new sponsor for driver Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Toyota team. Circle K, one of the nation’s largest convenience and fuel retailers, will make the leap into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in the primary sponsorship role. …

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Martinsville TV Ratings: Slightly Down


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NASCAR Ratings Decline; Youth Participation Growing For yet another week, NASCAR Ratings were shown to decline as the Martinsville race was given a 2.1 overnight rating. That was a marked improvement overall, however, as the prior two weeks this season overnight ratings declined 17% from the previous year. Though the decrease in overnight ratings for …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Rescinds Appeal of Rodney Childers’ Suspension


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NASCAR confirmed Wednesday (March 29) that the No. 4 Stewart-Haas racing team will no longer appeal its penalty for an unapproved track bar slider assembly at Phoenix International Raceway two weeks ago, removing crew chief Rodney Childers from atop the pit box. The penalty was in the process of appeals during last Sunday’s event at …

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