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NASCAR Mailbox: Four Drivers Are Out, But Does It Matter?

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AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Aric Almirola … we hardly knew ya. Not that seeing these four drop from Chase contention after the first round was any surprise, of course. In fact, for those of us who filled out our Chase Grid, this round was probably the easiest selection (though I’ll admit I …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Calling All Armchair Crew Chiefs!

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It’s moments like this one that I really wish I understood cars better. Like, I know NASCAR issued changes to the car that will reduce horsepower and downforce, with changes to the spoiler and the addition of a tapered spacer. I know that these changes are meant to emphasize passing and better racing, making the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Grand Jury or Grandstanding?

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The news we have all been waiting for finally broke on Wednesday in regards to the Tony Stewart / Kevin Ward, Jr. story. With the investigation complete, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has decided to present the case to a grand jury, despite the fact that those handling the investigation had previously said that they saw …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Jimmie Johnson Is Human? Who Knew!

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With Richmond over and the very first Chase Grid upon us, the excitement and tension is in the air now more than ever. Brad Keselowski is atop the standings, surprisingly enough. If someone would have predicted that Keselowski was going to have the most wins at the end of the regular season, I don’t know …

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Nationwide Insurance, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Unveil New Paint Scheme

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series may be turning into the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season, but don’t say goodbye to Nationwide Insurance just yet. The Columbus, Ohio-based insurance company will become one of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s primary sponsors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015. On Wednesday, just prior the XFINITY announcement, Nationwide Insurance unveiled …

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NASCAR To Be Represented in ‘Dancing With The Stars’

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After 19 seasons on the air, ABC’s ultra-popular series Dancing With the Stars will feature a NASCAR star as one of their representatives. According to a report from New York Daily News, two-time Daytona 500 and current Fox Sports analyst Michael Waltrip will be a contestant, the first time NASCAR has a driver on the show. The …

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Xfinity Series To Be The Official Name of NASCAR’s Secondary Series in 2015

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Nationwide is on your side? Not anymore – at least not when it comes to title sponsorship at the end of this season. Say good-bye to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and look ahead to 2015 for a new title sponsorship for NASCAR’s secondary series: The NASCAR XFINITY Series. NASCAR and Comcast’s XFINITY have reached a 10-year …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

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Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public …

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Tony Stewart Granted Waiver for Chase Eligibility

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If Tony Stewart wins one of the final two races before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, he will be allowed to compete in the Chase, despite the fact that he hasn’t met all the criteria. NASCAR President Mike Helton announced the waiver during a press conference on Friday afternoon following a statement from …

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Tony Stewart Gives Verbal Statement on Ward Incident, Returning to the Racetrack

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For the first time since a tragic sprint car accident took the live of 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr., Tony Stewart will return to the racetrack to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Prior to the beginning of Friday’s practice sessions, Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Executive VP Brett …

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Nationwide Insurance Will Sponsor Dale Jr. at Richmond

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Nationwide Insurance is joining Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor in 2015, but that doesn’t mean they will be absent from those racecars until then. Next weekend at Richmond International Raceway–the final race of the 2014 regular Sprint Cup Series season–Nationwide Insurance will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sponsor on the No. 88 with a preview …

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Helio Castroneves: NASCAR Drivers “Chubby”

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In a recent interview with TMZ, IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves dissed on NASCAR drivers and their physical fitness. When the reporter mentioned Helio Castroneves’ and other drivers slim figures, Castroneves went to the tried-and-true method of talking about things like G-forces, the endurance qualities of the races, and the grueling demands inside the racecar. …

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