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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Tracks That Should Have Standalone Events

There are multiple factors that dictate what tracks receive a date on the NASCAR calendar, in particular a standalone event in the sport’s Xfinity or Camping World Truck Series. The surface has to be in good condition, the stands need enough seats to fit a respectable crowd and safety, in the form of SAFER barriers …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Looking to Renew Chase Hopes with Richard Petty Motorsports

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Walking around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, it is pretty difficult to miss seeing an Indianapolis 500 champion. With long sideburns and a new fire suit, this former Team Penske driver has finally landed back in NASCAR’s premier division. Prior to this season, Sam Hornish Jr. had not raced in the Daytona 500 since …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Allgaier on Expanding, Graphic Design & Fatherhood

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The journey to success took a while for the 2008 ARCA Series champion, a young stock car racer who fought hard to scale his way to the peak of NASCAR’s mountain. Justin Allgaier first worked his way into Team Penske’s development program, rising up into then-Nationwide Series Victory Lane with an eye on a Sprint Cup seat …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Owens Corning AttiCat 300 at Chicagoland

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Lean, mean, black and green for the second straight weekend. The No. 54 Toyota raced back into Victory Lane once again. At Michigan, it was Kyle Busch earning the victory, but this weekend’s standalone event at Chicagoland Speedway belonged to rookie Erik Jones. The 19-year-old driver for Joe Gibbs Racing led a race-high 94 laps …

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Pace Laps: Hot Streaks, New Faces, Contenders & Jumping Series

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Sprint Cup Series: “Slugger’s” New Assignment: Swing For The Fences To End Sophomore Slump – Swept under the rug during a week where NASCAR announced a new rules package is an important crew chief change at Richard Childress Racing. It’s a strange time at RCR, an organization whose trio of teams are so-so despite their …

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Erik Jones Quickest in Lone 2015 American Ethanol 200 Practice at Iowa

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Coming off another dominating performance that turned into a disappointing finish last weekend at Gateway, Erik Jones is back at it. The 19-year-old was quickest in final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, clocking in a time of 23.153 seconds (136.051 mph). Jones edged out new Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell by …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Viva Motorsports’ Closing is a Warning Sign for the Xfinity Series

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All it takes is one to start a trend. Just one, and all of a sudden you have a whole bunch following in your path. It is not something to be proud of, but that is just the state of racing in 2015. Doors close. Employees are sent to the unemployment line, and few are …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ray Black Jr. on the Truck Series, Growing & Scuba Diving

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Plenty of NASCAR drivers are athletic outside of their comfort zone. Ray Black Jr., 24, is not your normal racer in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Before he even thought about racing cars for a living, the Palm Coast, Fla. native was scuba diving with his father. Daring to enter the sea with many …

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Pace Laps: Stop & Go at Michigan, Kyle Busch is Back, Champions Prevail

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Sprint Cup Pace Laps: Raining On NASCAR’s Parade… But Not Kurt’s – You’ve got to feel for NASCAR, who was damned if they did and damned if they didn’t Sunday at Michigan. With a forecast that called for “pop-up showers” it was silly to postpone the Sprint Cup race until Monday; the easy decision was to …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Great Clips 250 at Michigan

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Well, that was fast. Back with a vengeance, Kyle Busch returned to the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. The new father was victorious at the 2-mile oval, edging out reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott with less than five laps to go in the Great …

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