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NASCAR Mailbox: Could Short Fields Hurt NASCAR?

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The start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been a roller coaster ride. Some teams have struggled, while others have sky-rocketed to the front of the field. However, the charter system that NASCAR and its team owners implemented prior to the season has shaken things up quite a bit. Originally, the starting …

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Hendrick Motorsports Crew Uninjured as Plane Makes Emergency Landing

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Heading back to Charlotte, N.C. from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an aircraft carrying multiple Hendrick Motorsports crew members experienced issues that forced an emergency landing mid-way through the trip. Making an emergency landing at Memphis International Airport after smoke filled the cabin, according to a report from WMC Action News. The plane had previously made a stop in …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Would Stewart-Haas Racing Move from Chevy to Ford?

It isn’t rare in sports for athletes to swap teams or even just brands, however, it is rare that the team swaps things around. But that is exactly the case for Stewart-Haas Racing. In 2017, the organization will make the bold move, going from Chevrolet to Ford after being with the manufacturer synonymous with apple pie since …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France, Multiple Drivers Endorse Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

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Making an appearance prior to Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walked the across a stage at Valdosta State University in Georgia attempting to sway voters to support the real estate mogul. Adding a NASCAR presence to his campaign, Trump was endorsed by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. Citing that France’s “leadership and strength are …

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NASCAR Overnight Ratings Decline for Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series television ratings plummeted. According to Sports Media Watch, overnight ratings for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway declined approximately 27 percent from 2015. Following a recent trend of decreasing ratings, the Atlanta race, which was broadcasted on Fox, featured a record-low overnight …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Daytona 500 Ratings Decrease — Why?

The Daytona 500 is in the history books. Whether it was a great race or not is debatable. However, that is not in question is the quintessential finish that Brian France and Co. were eyeing from above. In a world where technology is taking over and television is becoming an infrequent visit, ratings for most …

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Pace Laps: Hamlin’s Big Step, GMS Steps Up And ‘Off’ Weekends

Sprint Cup: Hamlin, Team Toyota Packs A Punch – The final laps of Daytona reminded me of the closing moments of a Great American Race here 19 years ago. In that one, Bill Elliott held the lead on the final restart only for the selflessness of three Hendrick Motorsports teammates to bond together and blow on by …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Winners & Losers in the New XFINITY, Trucks Chase Formats

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President Barack Obama started his presidential campaign prior to 2008 with the words “Change we can believe in.” Change occurs generation after generation, making adaptations to new technologies and resources available throughout the world. As the world continues to develop, NASCAR has been in the midst of reaching a new generation of fans for quite …

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Cole Whitt Signs with Premium Motorsports

(Photo: Mike Neff)

After purchasing the assets of Mike Hillman Racing over the off-season, Premium Motorsports announced it would be fielding two cars in 2016, with one of them competing part-time. The organization has announced it has hired Cole Whitt to pilot the No. 98 car for the entirety of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Whitt, 24, …

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Ryan Ellis to Compete at Daytona for FDNY Racing, Working on Sprint Cup Series Plans

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FDNY Racing will be back for its 17th season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Ryan Ellis, who has driven for the Jim Rosenblum-owned team since 2014, will return to the seat of the No. 28 Chevrolet for the season-opener at Daytona in February. Ellis, 26, made 11 starts in the Truck Series last …

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