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Four Burning Questions: What Kind of Phoenix Weather Can We Expect on Sunday?

2015 Phoenix International Raceway NSCS Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick pit road rain credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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WILL A ONE-OFF CREW CHIEF SWAP IMPACT RACE DAY FOR MARTIN TRUEX, JR.? Following a sly appealing move by the Furniture Row Racing team this past week – appealing the roof flap penalty from NASCAR that would have otherwise suspended crew chief Cole Pearn for the Las Vegas weekend – the penalty will now be …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

2016 Daytona Unlimited CUP Kurt Busch car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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Michael McDowell, Brian Scott Lead Wednesday Cup Practices

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Surprising names topped both the third and fourth Sprint Cup Series practices on Wednesday. Michael McDowell, who needs to race his way into the Daytona 500 by finishing as the highest open driver in Thursday’s Can-Am Duels, laid down a lap of 200.17 mph during a first practice that included a lot of drafting. The …

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Earning Respect at Forefront for Incoming Sprint Cup Rookies


Zach Catanzareti

As the clock ticks on one’s NASCAR career, respect can come naturally, with both fans and media truly understanding what you sacrificed and what you contributed throughout your Sunoco-fueled career. With legends like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon, respect came hand-in-hand with popularity as they led the sport from one generation to the …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Adds Partners to Brian Scott’s Re-branded No. 44 Team

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After re-branding Richard Petty Motorsports’ second team — swapping numbers from the No. 9 to the No. 44 — the organization announced an expanded sponsorship package for Brian Scott. The organization, which had a plethora of sponsors on Sam Hornish, Jr.’s car in 2015, will have two companies as the primary sponsor for Scott’s ride …

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Sunday Showdown: Who Will the Title Sponsor Be?


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Several teams have announced new drivers across NASCAR’s national divisions this month. Among them are Brian Scott in the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Cup ride, Chris Buescher in a Cup ride with Front Row Motorsports and Ben Rhodes moving to Thorsport Racing in the Camping World Truck Series. Which driver will have the biggest …

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Brian Scott Takes Richard Petty Motorsports Cup Ride for 2016

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

Like Chris Buescher before him, Brian Scott is moving up. Scott, formerly a competitor for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will pilot Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 9 in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016, the team officially announced Friday, Dec. 11. Sponsorship details have not been announced, though the press conference was …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Denny Hamlin Finds Interesting Message on Coke Bottle

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Took me 2 minutes 17 seconds to get lunch today! #freakyfast @jimmyjohns — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) November 16, 2015 What did Kevin Harvick have for lunch on Monday? Of course, a Jimmy Johns sandwich. The Sprint Cup Series driver was also blown away by how quickly he received his order. BREAKING: DH will do a …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Will Not Return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

As Sam Hornish Jr. indicated to Frontstretch at Dover International Speedway in October, he will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016. The three-time IndyCar Series champion joined the organization this season, piloting the No. 9 car after a stint in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the greater portion of four years. At Dover, …

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Number Crunching: 2015 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Fantasy Preview

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The drivers are in Texas and it sure has been an interesting few days leading up to the race this week. Matt Kenseth was suspended for two races for wrecking the race leader Joey Logano at Martinsville last week, and Truck Series point leader Erik Jones will pilot the No. 20 car in Kenseth’s place. Both Saturday practice …

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