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Spire Buys Leavine Charter, Fielding 2 Cup Cars in 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

One of the newest teams in the NASCAR Cup Series is expanding. Spire Motorsports, who currently fields the single-entry No. 77 Chevrolet, announced on Aug. 11 it has purchased a second charter, which will allow the organization to operate a second full-time entry in 2021. Spire purchased the charter from Leavine Family Racing, which recently …

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Kevin Harvick Caps Off a Near Flawless Performance With Cup Win at Michigan

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Michigan might be known for automotive manufacturing, summer tourism and college football, but the FireKeepers Casino 400 was all about Kevin Harvick. While it was not complete domination, it sure was close after the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was out front for 92 circuits of the 161 laps in the NASCAR Cup Series contest. …

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Zane Smith Nabs First Career Truck Win In Michigan Thriller

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He led one lap, but it was the one that counted. Zane Smith is officially a winner in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. The Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan International Speedway was all about survival and Smith was in the right position at the right time to collect his first …

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Driver Vs. Driver: Truckin’ — Ron Hornaday Jr. Vs. Jack Sprague

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

While the NASCAR Cup Series might be NASCAR’s most glamorous, it’s not the only game in town. And while many drivers pass through other series looking for fame and fortune, some find their mojo outside the Cup spotlight. This month, we focus on the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and drivers who have found …

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Friday Faceoff: Could Kyle Busch Actually Miss the Cup Playoffs?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Now less than 100 points above the cutoff, is it possible that Kyle Busch misses the NASCAR Cup Series postseason? Mark Kristl: With six races remaining in the regular season, all victors will make the playoffs. Kyle Busch’s odds of missing the playoffs, therefore, decrease if someone below the playoff cut line wins. That then would …

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Earl Bamber Joining Richard Childress Racing at Daytona Xfinity Event

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Earl Bamber is going NASCAR racing. The veteran IMSA driver will pilot the No. 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series entry for Richard Childress Racing, beginning at the Daytona International Speedway road course (Aug. 15) the team announced July 31. The Daytona contest will be the stock car start of any kind for the 30-year-old New Zealander. …

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Nico Hulkenberg Filling in For Sergio Perez at Silverstone

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 10: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India looks on in the garage during final practice ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 10, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg is staying put at Force India (credit: Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenburg is returning to Formula 1. Following Sergio Perez‘s positive test for COVID-19, Hulkenberg will pilot the BWT Racing Point entry in the British Grand Prix (Aug. 2) at the Silverstone Circuit, the team announced July 31. It was a last-minute effort to get a replacement in the seat, as Perez’s July 30 announcement …

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NASCAR 101: ‘Veteran’ Brandon Jones & Other Age-Related Oddities

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Can a 15-year-old really lead a NASCAR championship? Can a 23-year-old have veteran driver status? Can a 27-year-old be a NASCAR team owner? If age is just a number, why do we talk about it so much? In recent years, NASCAR has consistently billed races with a youth verses veteran mantra as day to day …

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Friday Faceoff: When Should NASCAR Unveil the 2021 Schedule?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, when would it make sense for NASCAR to unveil the 2021 schedule? Mark Kristl: There isn’t a right time.  Nevertheless, NASCAR must announce it at some point, even though there are uncertainties.  If the schedule is set by the Southern 500, why not announce it that weekend to add …

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