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James Small Named Martin Truex Jr.’s Crew Chief for 2020

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Joe Gibbs Racing has chosen to promote from within to replace the recently departed Cole Pearn as the crew chief of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry team. James Small will serve as the crew chief for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. in 2020, the team announced Thursday, Dec. …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Gaunt Brothers Racing

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Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Gaunt Brothers Racing reduced the number of races they ran in 2019 in the NASCAR Cup Series, as well as the number of drivers. In return, Parker Kligerman and Drew Herring helped bring more consistent results and improved performance to the No. 96 Toyota Camry. The 2019 campaign started with jubilation and record finishes for …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Landon Cassill

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Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fan favorite Landon Cassill returned to the NASCAR Cup Series as a full-time driver for StarCom Racing in 2019, racing with a charter that had been acquired from Richard Childress Racing. In addition to the charter, StarCom received technical support from RCR and engines from ECR. It came to no one’s surprise when Cassill was …

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Busch, Coca-Cola, GEICO & Xfinity Are NASCAR’s Premier Cup Partners for 2020

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NASCAR revealed the premier sponsorship partners beginning in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Cup Series shifts from a title sponsor series to a tiered sponsorship model in 2020, and the four cornerstone brands, called premier partners, will be Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO and Xfinity. “In addition to the establishment …

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A Rare Gut Feeling Tells Jimmie Johnson ‘It’s Time’ to Retire

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The feeling Jimmie Johnson had been waiting for to decide on his future as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver arrived as the calendar flipped from September to October 2019. And it was a feeling that he hadn’t experienced in many years. “It was such a profound moment that I really take it back to …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Kyle Busch Have a Championship-Caliber Season?

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Did Kyle Busch have a championship-caliber Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Matt McLaughlin: Yes; his second title was more legitimate than the first one. I’m still a fan of a champion being crowned for a full season’s worth of points, but that’s not how the rulebook reads anymore. Kyle Busch‘s second half of the season …

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Tyler Reddick Fastest in Rain-Shortened Xfinity Homestead Practice

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Mother nature did not cooperate for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Friday (Nov. 15). The first of two scheduled practices for the Ford EcoBoost 300 was red-flagged 13 minutes into the session and never restarted after it was declared complete with four minutes remaining. The rain continued to fall, and final practice for the Xfinity …

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Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen Lead Homestead Truck Series Practices

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Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen turned the fastest laps in their respective practices on Friday (Nov. 15) at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 200. Following first practice, Enfinger topped the charts, clocking in at 168.010 mph. Brett Moffitt was second with a speed of 167.639 mph and Austin Hill was third at 167.162 mph. …

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Friday Faceoff: Is ISM Raceway a Better Finale Venue Than Homestead?

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Is moving the NASCAR championship races from Homestead-Miami Speedway to ISM Raceway beginning in 2020 an improvement, downgrade or lateral move? Adam Cheek: Lateral move. I preferred the championship being at a track the series only visits once per year, but I enjoy ISM and think it’s a decent venue for the season finale. There are …

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