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Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Blaney Bringing Success Back to the Wood Brothers

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The Wood Brothers have been around since 1953, when the iconic No. 21 car first began circling a racetrack. Ever since then, NASCAR’s oldest team has fought through adversity time after time. Since scaling back to a part-time schedule in 2009, five drivers have piloted the red and white Ford. But after Ryan Blaney sped …

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Kaz Grala, Claire Decker, Spencer Boyd Attempting Truck Series Debuts at Martinsville

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field will feature three new faces at Martinsville Speedway this upcoming weekend. As the Truck Series returns from a five-week hiatus, a handful of teams are taking advantage of returning to short track racing at the “paper clip.” Leading the way for drivers attempting their debuts at Martinsville is Kaz …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Todd Parrott Using Experience to Lead Ty Dillon

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The pit box is where this man belongs.  Todd Parrott’s career as a crew chief in NASCAR’s premier series started in 1995,  paired with Ernie Irvan. For the overwhelming majority of his career, the veteran leader worked for Robert Yates Racing, guiding now NBC commentator Dale Jarrett to the 1999 Sprint Cup championship. Working with the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Developing Rivalries Creates Positive Vibes for NASCAR

It has been way too long since NASCAR had a rivalry. You cannot consider Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano’s month-long battle a rivalry. The same can be said about Kenseth and Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski, having a duel at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. NASCAR’s lack of rivalries has a lot to do with camaraderie within …

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Danica Patrick Facing Possible Penalty for Walking on Hot Track

Following a hard hit entering Turn 1 at Auto Club Speedway, Danica Patrick is in line for a possible penalty from NASCAR. Patrick made contact with Kasey Kahne with 80 laps remaining in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon, slamming the outside wall on the frontstretch. The impact was hard enough to send her No. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR & Politics?

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The start of the NASCAR season has been wild to say the least. But in the lower tiers of NASCAR, things are just getting started. As the K&N Pro Series East finally completed its second event of the year, its young drivers are poised at a title run. Looking to make a name for themselves, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kasey Kahne’s Optimistic Approach with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016

As soon as he made it to “the show,” Kasey Kahne made headlines week-in and week-out. At the time, there may not have been a driver considered to be as hot on and off the track. Heck, he even won a contest on Fox for being the sexiest driver. After Ray Evernham partnered with George Gillett, …

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Up to Speed: Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney Impress at Phoenix

Rookies aren’t supposed to be competing for top fives and wins with the veterans, right? At most, they should barely be running near the top 10. Eh, try again. This year’s class of “super rookies” have already begun to make their mark in NASCAR’s premier division. A mere four races into the season, two young …

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