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Darrell Wallace Jr. to Run for Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Shuts Down No. 6 XFINITY Team

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The news that Darrell Wallace Jr. wanted to hear is finally here: a call up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Roush Fenway Racing XFINITY Series driver will become the first African-American to race in NASCAR’s premier division since Bill Lester did so in 2006. Wallace, 23, will replace the injured Aric Almirola in the …

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Regan Smith Gaining Familiarity with Richard Petty Motorsports

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Following a savage crash by Aric Almirola at Kansas Speedway three weeks ago, Richard Petty Motorsports’ lone driver was out of the picture. His replacement? Regan Smith. That was the choice as the 33-year-old Almirola heals from a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra. Smith, without a full-time ride got the nod to return to the Monster Energy …

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Regan Smith Remains Aric Almirola’s Substitute for Dover

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Regan Smith gets to enjoy another week in the King Richard Petty’s court. Richard Petty Motorsports announced in a press release on Wednesday (May 31) that Smith will continue to drive the organization’s No. 43 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway this weekend, as primary driver Aric Almirola …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why is RCR Winning More than JGR?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Winning is everything. There is no trophy for second place in NASCAR. No silver medal. No celebratory champagne. Nothing. Just a runner-up finish on the stat sheet. For the second time this year, Kyle Busch came oh-so-close to Victory Lane, but finished second. This time, it was to Austin Dillon, who earned his first career …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Snares Huge Victory to Shed Charlotte Monkey

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Who’s in the headline: Kyle Busch had won 15 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in national touring series but never once visited Victory Lane in a Cup car. That changed Saturday night when Busch made an aggressive move on the restart to begin the final segment and took the lead, holding on for the final 10 laps …

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Even After Injury, Aric Almirola Has Reason to Smile

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

In NASCAR, two seconds is an eternity.  Two seconds behind the leader is a distant second place.  Two seconds is the difference between a good pit stop and a slow one.  Two seconds is plenty of time to avoid a crash. Two seconds is also the amount of time that can change everything. Aric Almirola …

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Midseason NASCAR DraftKings Daily Fantasy All-Stars

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With the NASCAR DraftKings season on break while the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series holds its All-Star weekend, there’s time for reflection on the season to date. There have been many memorable moments during the young season, both on and off the track. Yet, when it comes to Daily Fantasy Sports, the best performances don’t always …

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Aric Almirola Faces Lengthy Recovery; RPM Working on Plans

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Aric Almirola faces a long recovery after breaking a vertebra in a fiery crash last weekend at Kansas.  Almirola told members of the media that he’s been told that the typical recovery time for an injury of the type and severity that he has is eight to 12 weeks, and one thing the driver of …

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Regan Smith to Sub for Aric Almirola in Monster Energy Open at Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Aric Almirola’s T5 compression fracture at Kansas Speedway Saturday night left a seat to be filled at Richard Petty Motorsports. At least for this weekend, that spot will be filled by Cup Series veteran Regan Smith. With limited time to find a substitute driver, the team announced Wednesday afternoon Smith will drive the No. 43 Ford. He’ll fill …

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Did You Notice?: A Look Into Aric Almirola Sub Possibilities

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Did You Notice? … Two big-name drivers have already turned down the No. 43 ride to replace an injured Aric Almirola? Carl Edwards, once highly coveted by Richard Petty Motorsports many years ago has said no, he can’t go back and run the car through Sonoma on June 25. It’s not the first time Edwards has said …

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