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Earl Bamber Joining Richard Childress Racing at Daytona Xfinity Event

2019 Daytona IWSC Earl Bamber Car Phil Allaway

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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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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Come Back to NASCAR This Year?

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Here’s an interesting thought: How many drivers who raced in one of NASCAR’s national series in 2014 didn’t in 2015? It’s certainly intriguing to think about. Each year, hundreds of drivers make their way through the top three series, whether it’s as a full-time competitor, a one-off racer or somewhere in between. Of those, most …

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Happiness Is… New 2016 NASCAR Rules Package

The NASCAR Sprint Cup field races during the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

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Editor’s Note: P. Huston Ladner is off this week. In his place steps our king of sarcastic wit, Matt McLaughlin, who puts a positive spin on some NASCAR news as of late. Happiness Is… A New 2016 NASCAR Rules Package: Looking across the desolate landscape of modern day stock car racing through the thick black …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ridiculous Racing Fights

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Notice that the title of this column is “ridiculous fights,” and not actual, intense or compelling fights. These are short-lived, one-sided, wimpy, “what just happened there?” fights that make the highlight reel because because they’re ridiculous. 1. Harvick vs. Johnson, Chicago 2015 We all saw this one go down on Sunday at Chicago, and it …

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The Frontstretch 5: Musing through Summer ’15

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has some totally random thoughts on the summer of ’15. …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Driver Intro Songs at Bristol That Made Total Sense

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There’s a lot of great racing tradition at Bristol Motor Speedway, whether it’s the track’s penchant for providing all kinds of beating and banging across hundreds of miles of racing or the tempers that flare throughout – not to mention the coliseum-like atmosphere suggested by the seating arrangements. And then there’s the music. No, not the …

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Marcos Ambrose Takes a Break from V8 Supercars

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Very early on Tuesday morning, V8 Supercars team DJR Team Penske announced that former Sprint Cup Series regular Marcos Ambrose will be temporarily stepping away from the seat of the No. 17 Ford Falcon FG X, effective immediately.  Ambrose will be replaced for the time being by 25-year old Scott Pye, who drove for the …

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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Marcos Ambrose

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Ride: No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer Points Finish: 23rd Stats: 36 starts, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 7 top 10s, 0 poles, 50 laps led, 1 DNF, 19.9 average start, 19.9 average finish Best Finish: 2nd at Watkins Glen in August High Point: It’s a given that Ambrose always circles …

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The Forgotten Stories From Championship Weekend at Homestead

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As NASCAR descended on Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, much of the focus was on the final four drivers heading into the race that would decide who went home as the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion, and rightfully so. But what the two hours of pre-race coverage on ESPN, along with much of the race broadcast …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead – Offseason Edition

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The Sprint Cup season is over, and it’s hard to let it go. The new Chase format gave new reason to religiously follow each of the final 10 races, while Homestead-Miami Speedway provided the perfect setting to finish off the year. After all, it’s tough to beat 80-degree weather in mid-November. This edition of Who’s …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Ryan Newman Deserves His Spot in Homestead

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The championship race is finally upon us and NASCAR Nation is all a-Twitter about possibly having a winless champion, despite NASCAR’s emphasis on creating a system where it should have been all but impossible for that to happen. Though three of the four drivers have victories (Denny Hamlin has one, Joey Logano has five, and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix Chase Race 9 – And Then There Were Four

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Key Moments – Denny Hamlin was a lap down more than once in the race thanks to a flat tire and a two tire stop that resulted in his car being less than competitive with the faster cars. Hamlin was granted the Lucky Dog under the third and seventh cautions of the race. The No. 11 …

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