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Eyes on XFINITY: The Reason Why TriStar Motorsports Shut Down Its XFINITY Program

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In 2014 and 2015, TriStar Motorsports had five NASCAR XFINITY Series teams. Fast forward three seasons and the team no longer fields any entry in the division. Last season, J.J. Yeley ran full-time for the organization, finishing 14th in the series standings. However, the organization was working with a limited budget as the No. 14 car …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Vindicates Team With 3rd Consecutive Win of 2018 at Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix. For the ninth time in his career, Harvick was the first to take the checkered flag. The Bakersfield, Ca. native wins for the third time in a row this season. The Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt, took the stage wins …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

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Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Rough Winter for BK Racing Leads to Uncertain Future

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2017 was a year of transition for BK Racing. While still competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team had seven different drivers compete in at least one race for the organization. Producing just one top-10 finish between them, BK hopes for a better outcome entering the 2018 season. However, up until …

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Corey LaJoie, Cole Whitt to Split TriStar Motorsports No. 72 in 2018

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TriStar Motorsports  will return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 on a full-time basis, the team announced Tuesday, Feb. 6. Corey LaJoie and Cole Whitt will share the No.  72 Chevrolet as Whitt has requested a lighter load for the season.  In addition, TriStar Motorsports has obtained a charter from Front Row …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: BK Racing

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BK Racing entered its sixth season of competition in 2017, and it might have been its most difficult season to date. Before the season kicked off in Daytona, team owner Ron Devine encumbered the company’s equipment, supplies and racecars in a UCC filing for a $15 million line of credit from Virginia Racer’s Group. In …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

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Think Small With just one race to go in 2017, it’s been a mixed bag of a season for the sport’s smaller teams.  Furniture Row Racing has set the gold standard for them. It’s taken a one-car, outsider organization to the top echelon of NASCAR’s elite teams within five years. That’s a model others can …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Can-Am 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads west this weekend to Phoenix International Raceway for the 30th annual Can-Am 500. It’s an elimination race in the Round of 8 as this event sets the Championship 4 for Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coming off last weekend’s late-race pass of Martin Truex Jr. at Texas Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick has …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Ticket Galaxy 200

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads west this weekend to Phoenix International Raceway for the 19th annual Ticket Galaxy 200. It’s their final playoff race in the Round of 8 before the Championship 4 is set to battle for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There are 40 cars on the penultimate preliminary entry list, meaning the …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Thrive At Short Tracks

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Cup Series racing at Martinsville is about survival and persistence. The on-track action always ruffles some feathers, best evidenced by the late-race incident between alpha dogs Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. What was happening between Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney served as the consolation sideshow. PETERS: What Happens Now For Hamlin & Elliott? But at Underdog …

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