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Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch Determined to Win in 2017 for Son Carter

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Racing is life for Blake Koch. But until Matt Kaulig started Kaulig Racing, he was circling around the XFINITY Series garage, searching for any opportunity he could get. However, until 2016, Koch never earned a top-10 finish. Now, with his career beginning to reach what could be the start of something special, he has high …

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Clint Bowyer Ecstatic with Runner-Up Result in First Race with Stewart-Haas Racing

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Clint Bowyer has never been so happy to speak to the media after a race. The eight-time Cup Series winner had not finished in the top five since Aug. 2015. However, that changed on Thursday evening during the Can-Am Duels as the newest driver of the No. 14 Ford was energized as ever. “Right off …

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Reed Sorenson’s Heart Breaks as Corey LaJoie Wrecks Him for Daytona 500 Spot

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Reed Sorenson felt he had a solid shot at making the Daytona 500. Following a two-tire stop, his No. 55 Premium Motorsports car surged inside the top 10. He kept it there for the latter stages in the first of two Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway Thursday evening. But with 12 laps remaining in the …

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Denny Hamlin Signs Contract Extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx

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The package has been delivered. Inside sits a document quite important to a driver who has never raced for another team in either of NASCAR’s top-two divisions. That driver is Denny Hamlin, who was discovered by Joe Gibbs Racing approximately 14 years ago. The 36-year-old will continue to call JGR home for the foreseeable future, announcing Thursday …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Dodging the Dodge Return in NASCAR?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR is back, but there is something that isn’t. Hint: Legendary crew chief Ray Evernham helped spearhead its last foray into the sport in the early-2000s. Yeah, Dodge. Remember the days of the Intrepid and the Charger? Well, and of course, the Avenger that never happened. Sometimes, if you look really close at the XFINITY …

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Joey Gase Returning to Jimmy Means Racing Full-Time

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Several weeks after announcing a multi-race deal to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Joey Gase revealed to Fronstretch he will be returning to full-time competition in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The 24-year-old will be back for his fourth straight season driving Jimmy Means Racing’s No. 52 car on a full-time basis. “I’ll …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Noah Gragson Energized Joining Trucks, Kyle Busch

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Noah Gragson is set to take on the biggest opportunity of his career. The Las Vegas native joins Kyle Busch Motorsports after spending three years developing in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series divisions. Gragson has big shoes to fill, replacing William Byron, who dominated the Camping World Truck Series field throughout the 2016 season. But expectations …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Brennan Poole Gunning for Championship Run with Chip Ganassi Racing

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Driver Brennan Poole is determined to win a championship for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017. For a second season, the white (sometimes black) and blue No. 48 Chevrolet will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series. With primary sponsor DC Solar renewing its contract with the organization, Poole and crew chief Chad Norris return after finishing …

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Rick Ware Racing Moving to Cup Series Full-Time in 2017

There will be another new full-time entry in NASCAR’s premier series come 2017. Rick Ware Racing will field the No. 51 Chevrolet starting at Daytona International Speedway come February, with several drivers taking the helm of the team’s entry. Timmy Hill will be the first to attempt to make the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Parker Kligerman to Compete for Henderson Motorsports, Expand Role with NBC Sports in 2017

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Parker Kligerman will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017, but with a different look. The part-time racer is going old-school, partnering with Henderson Motorsports to compete in the organization’s No. 75 truck for at least eight to 10 races. Kligerman attempted to make his debut with the organization at Talladega Superspeedway …

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