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Friday Faceoff: Crunched Cars Crunched for Time

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Tony Stewart crash damage Nigel Kinrade NKP

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NASCAR announced Wednesday that teams that suffer crash damage during a race will have five minutes to fix it on pit road, and if they can’t get the car back on track, they must park for the day.  Good move? John Douglas, Contributor: I am actually a fan of this rule. It’s a complex variation …

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NASCAR Announces Rule Changes for Damaged Vehicles

2016 Daytona II CUP packr acing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Today NASCAR announced more changes to on track competition for the 2017 season. The changes, which will cover all three national touring divisions, will mostly be noticed on pit road. Teams will now be on a five-minute clock to fix any repairs that NASCAR deem unsafe for continued competition. Additionally, NASCAR must deem the car …

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Friday Faceoff: How About All These Changes?

2016 Chicago CUP CArl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

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NASCAR issued several changes to race formats Monday. What was your instant reaction to the changes? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I really like the new points format. I like how bonus points carry throughout the Chase — whoops, I mean playoffs — and that you actually get something for running well in the first two stages of …

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Hamlin Receives Written Warning at Martinsville

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The list of infractions NASCAR had to deal with during the Martinsville weekend was one of the shortest of the season to date. Denny Hamlin‘s No. 11 FedEx team was issued a written warning for failing template inspection twice prior to qualifying. This was the team’s third written warning, but will not result in any …

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Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Extend Cup Deal

2016 Chicago CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr Trevor Bayne racing Russell LaBounty NKP

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Trevor Bayne looks to be sticking around at Roush Fenway Racing for a few more seasons. The team announced Wednesday that Bayne will continue to pilot the AdvoCare Ford for another three seasons, signing the driver through 2019. “AdvoCare has been an outstanding partner to work with, and I am really excited to continue this relationship and …

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No Major Penalties After Talladega

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A short list of post-Talladega infractions was released by NASCAR on Wednesday, with the teams of Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. failing the Laser Inspection Station twice. It was noted that their penalties were served during the race weekend at Talladega. Two teams were also issued written warnings for failing template inspection twice during …

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Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon Among Teams Named in Latest Penalty Report

2016 Kansas II CUP Alex Bowman pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

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No major issues arose after the fifth round of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The worst infraction was incurred by Greg Ives and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, who were hit with a (P2) penalty during post race inspection. A loose lug nut will cost Ives, the crew chief, $10,000. Matt …

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Litany of Infractions Post Charlotte

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The NASCAR inspection crew had a busy week in Charlotte, as many teams failed different aspects of the grueling inspection process NASCAR puts teams through each and every weekend. No fewer than 20 infractions among 18 teams were handed out. Paul Menard’s No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team failed LIS three times in pre-qualifying inspection, …

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Ryan Reed to Make Sprint Cup Debut at Talladega

2016 Chicago NXS Ryan Reed Brett Moist NKP

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Ryan Reed will make his Sprint Cup series debut at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 23, as the driver of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 99. The slated return of the No.99 to Sprint Cup competition will include Reed’s current sponsor Lilly diabetes. Reed, a 23 year old from Bakersfield, Ca., qualified for the inaugural XFINITY Chase this …

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NASCAR Announces Changes in Laser Inspection Penalties

2016 Kentucky CUP Martin Truex Jr Cole Pearn Nigel Kinrade NKP

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NASCAR announced late Wednesday afternoon, in a last minute teleconference, a change in the Laser Inspection penalty procedure. The P2 and P3 levels will be removed, while the P4 penalty level will remain. The penalty, according to NASCAR’s statement, will remain “encumbered.” The teams of Martin Truex, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson will not be issued …

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NASCAR Announces Rule Changes Prior to Chase

2016 Pocono I CUP Chase Elliot Inspection Anthony Lumbis Sr.

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On Wednesday, NASCAR made the announcement that rule changes will come for all three top series, as they head into their prospective Chases for the Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. The changes come as part of a revision to the handling of lug nut and laser inspection penalties. The rule changes will allow …

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