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Underdog Ryan Ellis Set for Sprint Cup Series Debut at Phoenix

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For the first time in his NASCAR career, underdog Ryan Ellis is scheduled to compete in the Sprint Cup Series. Ellis, 25, will make his NSCS debut in the No. 33 for Circle Sport Racing in the Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The Virginian announced the news on …

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Pace Laps: Bad Blood and Close Battles

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Sprint Cup Series: Just as the No. 20 team thought its driver was set to make a trip to Victory Lane and notch a spot in the Eliminator 8, leader Matt Kenseth went spinning off of Joey Logano‘s front bumper on lap 267, dashing his hopes of heading into Talladega with nothing to worry about. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Keys to Winning the Series Championship

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There are just four Xfinity Series races left in the 2015 season. Come Homestead in just over a month, a first-time champion will be crowned. Currently, it’s a four-driver race for the title, although Chris Buescher holds a healthy 18-point lead over Ty Dillon. Buescher, while not controlling his own destiny, likely needs to finish …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Diabetic Ryan Reed Looking to Make His Mark in NASCAR

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Life has thrown Ryan Reed many curveballs over the years. A diagnosis of diabetes in 2011 could have put a halt on his career. Instead, it has been the backstory to his success, propelling him to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Roush Fenway Racing starting in 2013. Since being told he could never …

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Pace Laps: Elated 8th, Cup Moonlighters, F1 and More

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Sprint Cup Series: Gordon and His Elated Effort – A blatant fact for the 12 remaining drivers in the Chase or the Sprint Cup is the importance of avoiding issues; or in other words, the hunt for consistency. Though no victory for Jeff Gordon Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a eighth-place finish in the Bank of …

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Eyes on Xfinity: What Does the Future Look Like for Regan Smith?

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A headache the morning after a win is usually a good thing. Celebrating a solid, hard-earned victory is what life is all about in NASCAR. But then again, who actually likes having a hangover? Regan Smith does not know who he will be racing for in 2016, or in what series he will compete within. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: The Struggle to Find Funding with Michael Lira

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In the world of the ARCA Racing Series, full-time teams are far and few between. The division, a small step in the ladder to climb up the NASCAR rankings, has been the stepping stone for several stars in the world of stock car racing.  For Michael Lira, he hopes to follow in that path. Driving …

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Pace Laps: The Closer Does it Again, Safety 1st, and NHRA Keystone Nationals

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Sprint Cup Series: The Closer is Back in It – Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway was simply Kevin Harvick’s day of reckoning. Between the unscheduled stop for fuel with two laps to go last week at New Hampshire to the drop of the green flag at the Monster Mile, the story became ever-so simple for …

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Mechanical Issue Prevents Jimmie Johnson from Advancing to the Contender Round of the 2015 Chase

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The day began with plenty of energy around the No. 48 car. Photographers circled around Jimmie Johnson, celebrating his 500th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. However, amidst the gray sky and heavy winds, Johnson’s day went from promising to abysmal. Returning to his best track – Dover International Speedway – the expectation was for …

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Jamie McMurray Ties with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Narrowly Misses Round 2 Cutoff

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Battling door-to-door on the final restart, a pair of friends battled for the final spot for the Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff. Attempting to tame Dover International Speedway, an intense duel for the third position during the final 24 laps created a mixture of emotions for two men who have raced against each other …

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