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Martin Truex, Jr. Penalized for 2nd Roof Flap Violation, Crew Chief Cole Pearn Suspended

2016 Atlanta Motor Speedway NSCS Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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One roof flap violation? Probation. A second one just a week later? Time to drop the hammer. NASCAR announced Wednesday it’s suspended Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota, for a race after a violation found during pre-race inspection during the Atlanta race weekend. NASCAR officials found an issue with the roof flap, …

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Entry List: Boyd Gaming 300

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Forty-two cars are entered for this weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including the previous two race winners Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski. Dillon and Keselowski highlight the list of five Sprint Cup drivers entered in the Boyd Gaming 300. Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola are also entered. Dillon will …

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Five Points to Ponder: Atlanta NASCAR Math

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Two: The amount of laps Matt Kenseth lost after failing to heed a black flag during the early stages of Sunday’s race. Kenseth was penalized for illegal fueling after the gas man placed a wrench on the deck lid of the car during a stop while the gas can was engaged, and while crew chief …

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Friday Faceoff: How Important Is Track Position?

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A quick exam of the last few seasons shows that only the best restrictor plate drivers – Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski – have been able to get to victory lane. Is it still fair to say anyone can win at Daytona or Talladega, or has NASCAR finally put fate in …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is a Move to Ford the Right Move for Stewart-Haas?

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No one saw it coming. Shocked is the reaction that immediately came to mind as the NASCAR collective woke up on Wednesday morning to news that Stewart-Haas Racing would no longer be fielding Chevrolets, and beginning in 2017, Fords. What were team co-owners Gene Haas Tony Stewart thinking? Why would he abort a partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Ben Rhodes Hit with Daytona Penalties

2016 Daytona I CUP Martin Truex Jr car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Fourteen teams from across the three NASCAR national series were either penalized or warned by NASCAR on Wednesday, including Daytona 500 second-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. Truex’s No. 78 team was given a P2 penalty for a violation regarding the roof flaps during pre-qualifying inspection. The flaps did not lay flush with the roof following …

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Jack Roush, Ricky Rudd Highlight 2017 NASCAR Hall Nominee Additions

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NASCAR announced the 20 nominees for the eighth inductee class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday, with Jack Roush and Ricky Rudd highlighting the group of first-time nominees to the list. Jack Roush is co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, which won the 2003 and 2004 Sprint Cup championship. As a car owner, he …

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Stewart-Haas Racing to Field Fords Beginning in 2017

Bye-bye, bow tie. hello, blue oval. Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday that its four teams will run Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2017. SHR has spent its entire existence with General Motors since the team’s non-Stewart inception under just Gene Haas in 2002, utilizing both the Pontiac and Chevrolet brands. The team has won two …

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