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Beyond the Cockpit: John Wes Townley Proving People Wrong with Title Run

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Chicken is pretty good. For John Wes Townley, it has given him a career doing what he loves – racing cars/trucks for a living. But racing with his father’s company, Zaxby’s, slapped on his cars since his NASCAR debut in 2008, the Georgia native has lived a life full of harsh criticism. His wild hair and …

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Entry List: 2015 Careers For Veterans 200 at Michigan

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Two weeks after a championship swing and fireworks in Pocono, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is returning to another superspeedway. NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Aug. 15 Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The list includes 34 entries, meaning two teams will fail to make Saturday’s race. Fresh off …

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Alex Bowman to Relieve John Wes Townley in Xfinity Series Race at Indianapolis

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After filling in earlier in the season for the team, Alex Bowman will return to Athenian Motorsports this weekend. Today (July 23), the Xfinity and Truck series team announced that Bowman will drive the organization’s No. 25 Xfinity Series Chevrolet for this weekend’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bowman will replace regular driver …

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Alex Bowman Driving No. 25 Xfinity Car at Michigan

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series has always been a breeding ground for young drivers to showcase themselves in top-notch equipment, and this year’s Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway will be no different as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Alex Bowman will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet for Athenian Motorsports. …

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Did You Notice? The Key to Qualifying, Sophomore Slumps & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? Qualifying has become a point of emphasis for top teams? None other than Dover winner Jimmie Johnson spoke about his struggles in that department, one of only three drivers this season to win a race after starting outside the top 10. “Raw speed hasn’t been our strong suit,” he admitted in the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – There is domination, and then there is total domination. There have only been four drivers in the history of the sport who won 10 or more races at a single track. After Sunday that number increased by one as Jimmie Johnson rode to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway for the …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part I

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Since I’ve been away for a while, there’s a whole lot of writing to do on how each Sprint Cup driver has been performing in 2015. In this day and age of the “new” Chase, looking at the point standings to gauge a driver’s performance is often an optical illusion; once someone wins, scoring points …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Wheels Turn to Wings at Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Sometimes there’s more to racing than cars going in circles as fast as they can. That was the case on Wednesday at the Tommy Baldwin Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C., on Tuesday (May 12), where a team, a sponsor and an organization came together to give some children a special gift: freedom. Many factors can …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) It’s no surprise that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is leading this column this week. Yes, he won the race, but it was about so much more than winning for Junior. First, there was a question of whether crew chief Greg Ives might have to go home when finding out his daughter broke her arm. She …

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Tommy Baldwin Racing Announces Sponsorship for Richmond

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Tommy Baldwin Racing announced sponsorship for this weekend’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. DOC 360 will adorn Alex Bowman‘s No. 7 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Richmond. According to the team release, DOC 360 is “a growing soft drink brand that is known for its distinct taste [that] is aligned perfectly with up-and-coming …

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