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FRM Promotes Todd Gilliland to Cup, Adds Zane Smith to Truck Team

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Todd Gilliland will move to the NASCAR Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports in 2022, the team announced Nov. 30. Gilliland will compete in FRM’s No. 38, becoming the third rookie in a row in the seat, following Anthony Alfredo in 2021 and John Hunter Nemechek in 2020. He moves up from FRM’s No. 38 …

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NASCAR Announces Return of Practice, Qualifying in 2022

NASCAR Playoff drivers Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead the field at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Practice and qualifying will return to NASCAR’s national series in 2022, NASCAR announced Nov. 19. Though the formats of each session will vary by track and series, NASCAR plans to hold practice and qualifying for all of its races in 2022. “NASCAR is excited to return practice and qualifying to its race weekends,” Scott Miller, …

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Friday Faceoff: What Were the Biggest Surprises & Disappointments of 2021?

Hamlin, NKP

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Another year, another near miss for Denny Hamlin. Will he ever win a NASCAR Cup Series title? Luken Glover: Denny Hamlin absolutely has the talent to get the job done. So, can he do it? Definitely a yes. Will he do it? I’m leaning towards no. We may be seeing the equivalent of Mark Martin, who …

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Tanner Gray Adds Jerry Baxter as Truck Crew Chief at David Gilliland Racing

Tanner Gray NO. 15 David Gilliland Racing truck

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Jerry Baxter will be Tanner Gray’s crew chief next year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, David Gilliland Racing announced Nov. 11. Baxter returns to the Truck Series after spending the last two years in the Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports. Erik Jones earned six top 10s under Baxter in 2021. Dave Elenz …

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Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton Staying With ThorSport in 2022

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2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes and ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton will remain with the team next year, Allison Thorson said on SiriusXM NASCAR radio per a tweet from Alan Cavanna. Rhodes secured the championship after passing Zane Smith within the final 10 laps at Phoenix Raceway last weekend. He earned …

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Ben Beshore Suspended, 10 Teams Fined in Phoenix Penalty Report

Kyle Busch car 2021 fall playoff Kansas race NKP

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Ben Beshore, crew chief of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch, has been suspended from the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after two lug nuts were found unsecured after the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway. In addition to the suspension, Beshore has been …

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Ben Rhodes is a NASCAR Champion and Feelin’ Good

Ben Rhodes at Phoenix Raceway

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“It’s really quiet in here, I just came from a party.”

Thus began the most memorable post-race press conference in recent NASCAR history.

As he entered the deadline room of the Phoenix Raceway media center draped in a decorative towel, self-admitted lightweight Ben Rhodes was four Bud Lights and a “decent” amount of champagne deep into his celebration as the newest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.

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