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NASCAR Mailbox: The Next Breed of XFINITY Series Racers Is Coming

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As the 2016 NASCAR season comes to a close, the driver line-ups for each of the top three divisions are falling into place. For the XFINITY Series, 2017 will feature plenty of changes, including a handful of rookies advancing from the Camping World Truck Series. Among the new names in the will be Cole Custer …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Elliott Sadler Making a Comeback with JR Motorsports

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The Chase has finally made it to the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series, and the title battle is shaking up quite a bit. Instead of using the season-long format that has been around for decades, NASCAR opted to transition its lower divisions to a playoff system, similar to the way the one for the …

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Long Island Modified Racer Kyle Soper to Attempt Camping World Truck Series Debut

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Long Island, New York’s Kyle Soper will be getting schooled at a different level come Oct. 29’s Camping World Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 200 at Martinsville Speedway. The Riverhead Raceway regular in the NASCAR Tour Modified division has been racing since he was seven, frequently visiting Long Island’s lone NASCAR-certified racetrack. However, come October, Soper …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Future of Hendrick Motorsports Continues to be Uncertain

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Jimmie Johnson soared to the lead at Chicagoland Speedway this past Sunday, showcasing speed that hasn’t been present with the No. 48 car in nearly a year. While some speculate that Johnson has lost his magic touch with the new Chase format, he was bringing his Hendrick Motorsports car to the front of the pack …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Mike Bugarewicz Guiding Tony Stewart in Final Chase Run

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Mike Bugarewicz’s career as a crew chief in NASCAR’s premier division was one that got off to a distinctive start. The longtime engineer was named three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s crew chief for his final full-time season heading into 2016. However, after Stewart was injured over the off-season in an off-road vehicle accident, …

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Michael McDowell Rejoicing in Opportunity with Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing

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Moments before the green flag waves on any given Sprint Cup race weekend, Michael McDowell patiently sits in the pre-race prayer service with approximately two to three dozen of his fellow competitors, crew chiefs and team owners. His head bowed down, he focuses all of his attention on prayer, listening intently to a chaplain telling Bible …

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NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Heat Evolution Brings NASCAR to the Next Generation of Video Games

(Photo: Dusenberry Martin Racing)

NASCAR Heat Evolution is finally in stores. Finally.  It’s been quite some time since its predecessor, NASCAR ’15 — an update to NASCAR ’14 — was released in May, 2015. With Dusenberry Martin Racing taking over the rights to the NASCAR video game license, it’s the ultimate “Throwback Thursday.” Essentially re-creating and modernizing the old …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Richmond’s Dennis Bickmeier Implementing Fresh Ideas

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Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier is on a mission to make fans enjoy race weekends as much as possible. The man who took over operations at the 3/4-mile track in 2011 has since spearheaded an effort that makes fans the VIPs during its two NASCAR weekends. As Bickmeier, who formerly worked in baseball, transitioned from …

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Josh Berry to Make Camping World Truck Series Debut

Late Model racer Josh Berry is experiencing a variety of fresh opportunities over the past month. The two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American track champion (Hickory Motor Speedway in 2014 and Motor Mile Speedway in 2012) competed in the XFINITY Series contest at Darlington Raceway Sept. 3 for Obaika Racing. Finishing 27th, he ended the evening eight …

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NASCAR Mailbox: You’ll Like Being at a NASCAR Race – It’s Guaranteed

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NASCAR races are not just about drinking beer, getting hammered and watching cars go in ovals. OK, maybe it’s like that for some people in the grandstands, but that’s the case at every sporting event known to man kind. There is nothing like the sound of 40 racecars roaring by you, no matter how close …

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