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Turn Back the Clock: 2014 NASCAR Season, Kevin Harvick Stands Tall

Kevin Harvick raises the Sprint Cup trophy after winning the 2014 title at Homestead Miami Speedway

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2014 was a time for change, heated moments and odd occurrences. After the NASCAR world reeled from a controversy that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, several changes were made. At Richmond Raceway in 2013, the final race of the regular season, Michael Waltrip Racing allegedly attempted to manipulate the final few laps in …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Baby

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Back in the late 1960s Marvin Gaye, backed by Tammi Terrell, scored an AM radio hit with a song entitled, Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Baby. In the same era, one of the big cola companies had a marketing campaign using the same tag line.  Say what you will about this invitational NASCAR iRacing …

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NASCAR Contradictions on Full Display With May 17 Return Looming

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Be it in Brasstown, N.C. Thursday night (April 30) or Lancaster, S.C. on Friday (May 1), live racing trickled back this weekend to locations throughout the southeast. For me, where Virginia is still under a stay-at-home order through June 10, there’s not much for a motorsports writer here to do but long for racing to …

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NASCAR Makes Safety, Competition Changes After Ryan Newman Crash Investigation

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After a lengthy investigation following a horrific last-lap crash in the 2020 Daytona 500 (Feb. 17) involving driver Ryan Newman, NASCAR has decided to make several safety enhancements and competition changes, per a May 1 announcement. Newman suffered a brain bruise after being spun out of the last turn on the final lap of the …

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Matt Kenseth & Ryan Newman Return, Brett Moffitt Updates Progress on Broken Femurs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Ryan Newman returning to NASCAR after many feared the worst post-Daytona 500. Chip Ganassi Racing gave Matt Kenseth the nod for the No. 42 car, bypassing Ross Chastain. Now that NASCAR has granted Kenseth a waiver to be playoff eligible, Albino and Neff discuss what …

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Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth Granted Cup Playoff Waivers

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NASCAR Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth have been granted playoff waivers for the 2020 season, according to announcements Tuesday (April 28) afternoon. Newman missed three races this season after suffering a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway but was cleared to race this week once NASCAR returns. Kenseth did not race in …

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Ryan Newman Cleared by NASCAR to Resume Driving Duties

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Ryan Newman has been medically cleared to return to NASCAR competition, the sanctioning body announced Monday.  Newman has been sidelined since suffering serious injuries in a frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. His No. 6 Ford Mustang was leading off the fourth turn with the finish line in …

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Stock Car Scoop: Ryan Newman’s Return, Sim Racing Recaps

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Ryan Newman made a special appearance on FOX Sports’ coverage (April 26) of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Pending medical clearance, he announced his plan to return to the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. When will that be?  Find out in the latest edition of Stock …

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Ryan Newman: Ready To Return After NASCAR COVID-19 Postponements

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Ryan Newman is on the verge of completing his recovery from a scary wreck on the last lap of February’s Daytona 500. The only barrier he claims is standing in his way? COVID-19. Newman made a special appearance on FOX Sports’ coverage (April 26) of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational race at Talladega Superspeedway. There, …

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Ryan Newman Discusses Crash, Injuries on ‘Today’

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NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman went on Today for an interview early Wednesday morning (March 11), sharing some details of his head injuries after that violent crash at the end of the Daytona 500. “Basically like a bruised brain, it just takes time for it to heal,” he said. “I was knocked out; there …

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