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Reel Racing: NASCAR Schemes Go Hollywood

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In June, amid quarantine and with more time on my hands, I decided to undertake a project that just might be the magnum opus of this “Reel Racing” column series. Over the course of several weeks, I researched every single movie-themed NASCAR paint scheme that ever hit the track, regardless of if it actually raced …

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Did You Notice?: Remaining NASCAR Silly Season Questions for 2021

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Silly Season is heating up as the 2020 Cup Series regular season winds down? Corey LaJoie announced last week he won’t be returning to the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, opening up another ride in a rapidly evolving NASCAR garage area. Let’s take a look at where each Cup team …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Bubba Wallace Race in 2021?

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Kaz Grala finished seventh in his NASCAR Cup Series debut last weekend. Was it a fluke, or has Grala been severely underrated? Jesse Johnston: Do I believe it was a fluke? Absolutely. As historic as that feat was, I am not convinced that any of Kaz Grala‘s good results at Daytona International Speedway — both the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Takes TV to Places Rarely Seen. That’s Not A Good Thing

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Last weekend was created as a backup weekend, something designed to give all three of NASCAR’s National Series and the ARCA Menards Series a replacement road-course weekend after the scheduled races at Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park were scrubbed. The result was probably not even close to what I …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Curbs The Daytona Road Course

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Top Dog Michael McDowell is an accomplished road racer, so he always seems to have a better shot than most underdogs when the NASCAR Cup Series has to make a few right turns. With no one able to practice on the Daytona International Speedway road course prior to the start of the race, the often …

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DoorDash Delivers Bubba Wallace Multi-Year Sponsorship

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Bubba Wallace has a new sponsor: DoorDash. The fast-food delivery service has signed a multi-year deal with Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports to become a major sponsor on the No. 43 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series, he announced on an Aug. 14 appearance on NBC’s Today. “The DoorDash symbol is synonymous with speed and …

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Fire on Fridays: What Happens to Richard Petty Motorsports If Bubba Wallace Leaves?

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With Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell officially off the free agency market, that leaves Bubba Wallace as the next major silly season piece to fall, and the rest of the driver lineups will widely shape around whatever decision Wallace makes. Does Wallace replace the retiring Jimmie Johnson in Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 in the NASCAR …

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Bubba Wallace Gains Sponsorship from Columbia Sportswear

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NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace has a new sponsor coming aboard the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet, the team announced Aug. 12. Columbia Sportswear will sponsor Wallace in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on Aug. 23. Additionally, the outdoor apparel brand tagged Wallace to be its brand ambassador. “Columbia Sportswear is …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads the Way in Michigan

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Top Dog A doubleheader last weekend at Michigan International Speedway meant twice the opportunity for the underdog class to snag a solid finish. On Saturday, Bubba Wallace did that and then some, ending up with a ninth-place result. Running as high as third in the closing laps, Wallace briefly had visions of his first career …

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Bubba Wallace on Richard Petty Motorsports Future: ‘We’ve Got Half The Puzzle’

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During the 2020 season, Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports have been one of the most improved duos in the NASCAR Cup Series field. However, despite that jump in performance, Wallace’s future isn’t necessarily solidified in Petty blue. Wallace is a free agent heading into the 2021 season, and last week, Forbes reported Andrew Murstein, …

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