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Tracking the Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins Plate Race NASCAR Survivor

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(Credit: Mike Neff)

In a Nutshell: During the latest edition of plate race NASCAR Survivor, it looked like the veterans had the votes to knock off the youngsters. But after a Demolition Derby-type affair, stalwarts like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter quickly learned they didn’t earn immunity from the dreaded Big One. Ben Rhodes got bumped on the backstretch by ThorSport …

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JJ Yeley Leads Final XFINITY Practice at Daytona

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

JJ Yeley leads final XFINITY Series practice at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 14 Toyota driver hit 187.005 mph [48.127 seconds] to take the session unexpectedly. “We didn’t even plan to run second practice,” Yeley said. “I’m really happy with how the thing drove. We got the car to drive a little lower and had …

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JJ Yeley Not Looking to Retire Anytime Soon

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Having been around NASCAR for more than a decade, 2016 was an absorbing year for JJ Yeley, as he turned 40 years old. He went into the season-opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway without a ride in any of the top three touring series, which automatically eliminated him from playoff contention in all series for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Last Off Week of the Season Preparing for the 14-Race Run to the Championship

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Credit : Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who’s in the headline – While there are multiple drivers who have run well this season, the brightest spotlight of the year has been on one organization. At this point in the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the class of the field for a majority of the races. Between its four teams, it has 10 wins. …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Wins, Weather Cuts Inaugural Pocono Green 250 Short

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[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

It has been approximately seven months since Kyle Larson pulled into Victory Lane in any of NASCAR’s premier divisions. However, that all changed Saturday for the inaugural XFINITY Series contest at Pocono Raceway. The forecast predicted that after Friday’s half-day full of rain, Saturday would have a blue, sunny sky with a slight chance of …

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Beyond the Cockpit: JJ Yeley on TriStar Change, Month of May and Opportunities on the Horizon

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

When you think of that all-around racer, maybe compiling a list of those who have seen dirt, open wheel and stock cars, you’d be silly to forget JJ Yeley. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Christopher “JJ” Yeley quickly became one of the most talented young talents on racetracks around the country. Winning Rookie of the Year …

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JJ Yeley Replaces David Starr at TriStar Motorsports

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Out with the old and in with the new is what TriStar Motorsports announced on Wednesday evening as Sprint Cup veteran JJ Yeley will replace NASCAR veteran David Starr in the No. 44 Toyota in the XFINITY Series for TriStar Motorsports starting at Talladega. Starr, 48, has been running full-time with TriStar Motorsports for the past …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Shows Slight Improvement, While ESPN Tries to De-emphasize St. Pete

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Greetings, everyone.  Did you like Sunday’s finish in Phoenix?  It was a good one.  I thought Kevin Harvick was a sitting duck, but he managed to pull it out just in time. Last weekend saw two races in Phoenix, plus the season opener in St. Petersburg for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Good Sam 500k On …

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