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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Will Be the Regular Season Cup Series Champion?

(Photo: Mike Neff)

One race down, 35 to go in the NASCAR season. It seems like just yesterday Jimmie Johnson and Co. were tossing champagne and eating Domino’s pizza at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But that is already three months in the past; the 2017 season is underway. Kurt Busch, with that Daytona 500 victory is the first driver to lock himself …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Daniel Hemric Describes Dream Ride With RCR

(Photo: Joseph Wolkin)

2017 is all about hitting the marks on a new playing field for NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Daniel Hemric. After two full-time seasons in the Camping World Truck Series, he graduated to the sport’s second-tier division with high expectations thanks to a high level of consistency on the racetrack. Hemric, 26, is competing with Richard Childress …

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AJ Allmendinger Starts 2017 Season with Podium Finish at Daytona

(Photo: Joseph Wolkin)

AJ Allmendinger was all smiles and jokes after the 59th running of the Daytona 500. The charismatic racer couldn’t contain himself on pit road following a third-place finish in NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. “It was just a solid day,” Allmendinger said. “Resilient. We didn’t have a great car. We tried to figure out …

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Michael Waltrip Ends NASCAR Career With Daytona 500 Top-10 Finish

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“It’s just a nice way to say thank you.” As Michael Waltrip attempted to catch his breath and wipe the sweat off his face on pit road at Daytona International Speedway, he took a moment to look around, reflecting on his 32-year career in NASCAR’s premier division after finishing it off with a top 10. …

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Elliott Sadler Determined to Compete for Win in Daytona 500 Return

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Elliott Sadler wants to make the most of his latest opportunity in NASCAR’s premier division. At this point, he never knows if it will come around again. The 41-year-old NASCAR veteran, once a Cup full-timer is quite familiar with the sport’s emotional roller coaster. He’s spent the last six years toiling in the XFINITY Series, fighting …

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Massive Crashes Take Out Multiple XFINITY Drivers Early in Daytona

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Wreck 1 Even before the field finished the first stage in the season-opening Powershares QQQ 300, they were wrecking at Daytona International Speedway. Big time. On Lap 23 of the 120-lap XFINITY Series race, chaos broke out in Turn 3 when rookie Tyler Reddick was turned into the pack while racing inside the top 10. …

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Stephen Leicht Excited to Return to XFINITY Series Thanks to Obaika Racing

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Stephen Leicht will not give up on his racing dream. He was a personal trainer. He was even a car salesman. Whatever it took to make ends meet. But now, five years since his last NASCAR start, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year has an opportunity. The one-time XFINITY winner is …

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Team Penske Extends Contract with Joey Logano and Shell Through 2022 ‘And Beyond’

(Photo: Joseph Wolkin)

“Greatness. There is no other way to put it.” Joey Logano is not leaving Team Penske anytime soon. Logano, 26, announced an extension with the team he has called home since 2013 through 2022 “and beyond.” “We are so proud of the driver Joey has become since joining our team in 2013 and all the success he …

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