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Spencer Gallagher, Brad Keselowski Pace XFINITY Series Practices at Michigan

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Spencer Gallagher is taking a liking to Michigan International Speedway. The GMS Racing driver set the pace during the first NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday, clocking in a time of 37.834 seconds to lead the way. Behind Gallagher was Ryan Reed, who was 0.037 seconds off the No. 23 car’s time as practice came to …

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Kyle Larson Quickest in 1st Cup Practice at Michigan

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The drivers of NASCAR’s top division were out and about at Michigan International Speedway, flying around the 2-mile track at upwards of 215 mph late Friday morning. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson set the pace during the first practice session prior to the FireKeepers Casino 400, clocking in a time of 35.857 seconds, equating …

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Israeli Alon Day Set to Make Cup Series Debut at Sonoma with BK Racing

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Alon Day is getting the break he’s been working on for the past several months. The Ashdod, Israel native, who currently resides in Tel Aviv, will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway next weekend. BK Racing will field an effort for Day, who will drive the No. 23 Toyota Camry …

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Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Sign Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

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Jimmie Johnson isn’t going anywhere, and he isn’t hanging up his helmet just yet. The seven-time champion is returning to Hendrick Motorsports, his home since 2001, signing a three-year extension through 2020. Longtime primary sponsor Lowe’s will also be returning to the No. 48 team, sponsoring each of the 38 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Cody Ware Experiencing Back Issues After Pocono, Status Up In the Air

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This past Sunday, 35 laps into the Axalta Pocono 400, Cody Ware pulled his No. 51 Chevrolet into the garage. The official diagnosis: a DNF due to a vibration, resulting in a 39th-place result. Unfortunately we had a fuel pump go bad that ended our day early. We want to thank all our sponsors for their …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport’s New Generation is Starting to Win Everything


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Three of the last five races in NASCAR’s premier division have witnessed first-time winners pulling into Victory Lane. As remarkable of an accomplishment as that is, it marks the start of what senior NASCAR executives have been waiting for. The newest generation of the sport is arriving at the right time. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. …

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Pace Laps: Another NASCAR First-Time Winner in 2017


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Pocono, 2017 Deliver Another First-Time Winner – What a popular streak for both the sport and a racetrack to be on in 2017. After Chris Buescher’s fog-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway last August, many thought a win like that would never come again. In part, they were wrong, as Ryan Blaney …

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Martin Truex Jr. Calm, Cool and Collected as Furniture Row Racing Thrives

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Martin Truex Jr. wants to win a championship, and he is determined to do so now that he has the support of a second team at Furniture Row Racing. As Truex and FRR embark on the pairing’s three-year anniversary of their first win together come Sunday afternoon’s Pocono 400, the organization has changed distinctively. Two …

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Cole Custer Takes Control Momentarily to Lead First XFINITY Series Laps


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Cole Custer’s confidence is in town. The 19-year-old knew his cars are capable of running well, but the results weren’t what he expected. Come Dover International Speedway, that changed with a fourth-place finish after finishing seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway, breaking a streak of three finishes of 13th or worse. Following Custer’s second career top-five …

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