Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Places Cole Pearn on Probation Following Dover Infractions

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NASCAR’s penalized another Chase team following an infraction at Dover. NASCAR placed Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., on probation until Dec. 31, three days after finding Truex’s right-rear quarterpanel flared out during a visual inspection before Sunday’s AAA 400. While Truex’s No. 78 car passed initial inspection, it was sent back through the line and …

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2-Headed Monster: Who’s Had the Better Career – Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart?

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We all knew it was coming but it still hurt to see it happen. With just eight weeks remaining for Jeff Gordon‘s final season behind the wheel in NASCAR, friend and longtime competitor Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he’ll join Gordon in watching from afar beginning in 2017. The move, while expected given Stewart’s age …

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Clint Bowyer Appeal: Penalties Upheld

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While Clint Bowyer was being introduced as the driver of the No. 14 car starting in 2017, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard and decided on an appeal by Bowyer’s team for infractions that occurred at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago. The verdict? Upheld. Michael Waltrip Racing appealed the penalties — a P4 that brought about …

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Tony Stewart Retiring After 2016, Clint Bowyer Will Replace

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Wednesday, Tony Stewart made it official: he will retire from NASCAR Sprint Cup competition following the conclusion of the 2016 season. The announcement was made at 1 p.m. during a special press conference held at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop. “It was a choice that was 100% mine,” he said. “I had more people try to …

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4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Will Kevin Harvick Play Nice?

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1. WHO CAN BEAT JOE GIBBS RACING? Following the first race of the Chase, Joe Gibbs Racing is sitting pretty. The team’s four cars are sitting first through fourth in points, injured driver Denny Hamlin is through to the next round by virtue of his win at Chicagoland and they have won nine of the …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Ramp Up Restart Enforcement?

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Jeff Gordon drove a masterful race Sunday in Chicagoland before fading to 14th in the final few laps. However, along the way the Hoosier created a massive controversy as he appeared to jump a lap 144 restart, shooting to the front as former leader Kyle Busch pleaded with NASCAR for a penalty. Speeds from Sportvision’s …

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Sport Clips Doubles Sponsorship of Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards in the garage during Sprint Cup practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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It’s no secret that Carl Edwards is a sponsor’s dream, which also means it’s no surprise that he secured more funding on Wednesday. Sport Clips, whose commitment to Edwards stood at two races for 2015, doubled their sponsorship of the No. 19 Toyota, according to a release by Joe Gibbs Racing. The haircut salon chain, …

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Clint Bowyer’s Chase Takes Hit with Chicagoland Penalty

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Four teams were penalized following the Chicagoland race weekend and one’s Chase hopes now hinge upon winning one of the next two races. Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 team was assessed a P4 penalty for an infraction relating to the track bar. Bowyer team violated rule that prohibits beveled washers and/or other components that allow track …

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TaxSlayer Returning to JR Motorsports in 2016

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JR Motorsports sewed up more support for 2016 on Wednesday. The team announced it has re-signed TaxSlayer, longtime team partner, to a 10-race deal in 2016. The company will serve as primary sponsor for the races on the team’s No. 7 and No. 88 cars during the Xfinity Series season. No driver lineups were announced. …

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Travis Pastrana Returning to NASCAR for 2015 Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas

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Travis Pastrana is returning to NASCAR. Pastrana, an 11-time X-Games gold medalist, has signed a one-race deal with NTS Motorsports to run its No. 31 in the Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas in October, ESPN reports. The truck will be sponsored by GunBroker and will run alongside teammate Daniel Hemric in the …

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