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Pace Laps: A Sonoma Snoozer, While Ross Chastain Takes NASCAR by Storm

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: New Track, Same Sonoma Story Sonoma Raceway added its famed Carousel for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But the new 2.52-mile course led to an unexpected challenge, not for the drivers but the fans. A caution-free race, except for stage breaks, became dominated by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex …

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2 Ford GTs Disqualified from Le Mans Due To Fuel Capacity Issues

(Photo: Keating Motorsports)

The Automobile Club d’Ouest announced early Tuesday morning (June 18) that Keating Motorsports has been stripped of their GTE-Am class victory from last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and disqualified from the race altogether.  The action is based on two post-race penalties having to do with the fuel system. The first violation was that …

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Pace Laps: Christopher Bell Puts on a Clinic, Truck Series Drama Unfolds In Iowa

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Xfinity Series: Christopher Bell Show in Iowa  Heading into Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 at Iowa Speedway, Christopher Bell was the favorite. The No. 20 team lived up to expectations in the race, leading 186 laps en route to its fourth victory of the season. The victory is Bell’s second in four starts at the 7/8-mile short …

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Punctures Allow Toyota GAZOO Racing’s No. 8 To Claim Le Mans Honors

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s No. 7 completely dominated the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, leading for 23 of 24 hours. But with a little more than an hour to go, the No. 7 Toyota with Jose Maria Lopez at the wheel got punctures on two consecutive laps, handing the victory to their Toyota teammates. Puncture …

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Toyota Dominates 1st Quarter of 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans; Corvette No. 64 Out

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Through six hours at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Toyota GAZOO Racing has dominated the competition at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Mike Conway led the field away from the drop of the French Tricolore and effectively has not been usurped.  In an in-race interview, Fernando Alonso noted that the No. 8 Toyota …

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Toyota Sweeps Front Row For 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Toyota GAZOO Racing didn’t even need the final qualifying session Thursday (June 13) to claim overall pole for Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Kamui Kobayashi turned in a lap at 155.916 mph during the second session.  That held up to win the pole. Qualifying Practice No. 2 Conditions were nearly perfect during the second …

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Kamui Kobayashi Earns Le Mans Provisional Pole

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Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi didn’t waste any time Wednesday (June 12) putting the No. 7 Toyota on top of the scoring pylon.  On only the third lap out of the pits, Kobayashi turned a lap at 154.601 mph.  That lap was good enough to claim the provisional pole for Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le …

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Scott Hargrove, Patrick Long Win Sonoma Blancpain GT Race No. 2

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After a somewhat disappointing race on Saturday, Wright Motorsports’ Scott Hargrove and Patrick Long were able to claim victory Sunday (June 9) in Race No. 2 for Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Sonoma Raceway.  It’s the perfect medicine for a team that’s been down in the dumps lately. “I feel like it’s been a …

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Murillo Racing Wins Pirelli GT4 SprintX Race No. 2 at Sonoma

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Murillo Racing’s Christian Szymczak and Kenny Murillo were the beneficiaries when Stephen Cameron Racing’s Sean Quinlan had a drive-through penalty late.  Once Quinlan pitted, Szymczak took over the advantage and held on for an easy win. “The car was really good,” Szymczak said after the race.  “[Sonoma Raceway] is really hard on tires, so we …

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Pace Laps: Michigan Monsoon Makes For Monday NASCAR Racing

NASCAR officiating under a rain delay at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo: NKP)

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Monday Race At Michigan Michigan International Speedway faced Mother Nature’s wrath a second straight year. Sunday’s (June 9) 2019 FireKeepers Casino 400 was postponed by rain and rescheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. ET. All the action will be covered live after Women’s World Cup Soccer action on FOX Sports …

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