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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Rick Ware Racing

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It’s no secret that Rick Ware Racing doesn’t contend for wins every week, but 2020 was still a year to be celebrated for the team. Going into its fifth season of NASCAR Cup Series racing, RWR has undergone massive growth since entering the the top level of NASCAR back in 2017. At the beginning of …

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Here’s an Update on the Previous Comcast Community Champion of the Year Finalists

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Since Comcast entered NASCAR as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it’s given back to the community. The company focuses on awarding people within the racing community for philanthropic initiatives via the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award. The award, presented every year during championship week, has been granted to drivers, pit …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

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Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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Chris Buescher Claims Consumers Energy 400 Pole, Joins Parade To Rear

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The rigors of running two races in the same series within 24 hours have forced multiple cars to the rear to begin Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. By virtue of finishing 20th in Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400, Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher earned the pole for the Consumers Energy 400. However, the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX, NASCAR Come Face-to-Face With a Social Crisis

A pack of NASCAR Cup race cars at Talladega, June 2020. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was … something else. NASCAR found itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, the noose in the garage was found not to have been intentionally planted there for intimidation purposes. That said, it was there. I checked my photos from last October in Talladega to see if I noticed anything. …

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Rick Ware Racing Assessed L1 Penalty After Martinsville, 2 Other Teams Fined

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Rick Ware Racing has incurred an L1 penalty following infractions at Martinsville Speedway on June 10. After failing pre-race inspection five times with its No. 51 entry for driver Joey Gase, NASCAR has docked the team 10 owner points, reducing its total to 35 points, but keeping the No. 51 entry in the 38th spot. …

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Entry List: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action just three days after Sunday afternoon’s race in Atlanta, heading north to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for a Wednesday night event on June 10, 2020. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be the first ever race held under the lights on the .533-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. It’s the …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best & Worst Since Its Return

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For the first time since its extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NASCAR Cup Series is currently in the midst of its first week-long break from racing. Starting with its return at Darlington Raceway last month, the series embarked on a frenetically paced schedule during which drivers generally had no more than three …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Food City Presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol

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The Headline(s): Brad Keselowski was right to ask if Las Vegas has re-opened yet, because Sunday proved it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good. Capitalizing on a spat between Joey Logano and Chase Elliott for the race lead sending both leaders into the wall on lap 498, the No. 2 drove past the wreck …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Opening night jitters be gone. Fast all night again at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott bested Kevin Harvick for the lead on lap 181 and never looked back, holding off hard charges from Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney to score his first Cup win of 2020, seventh career Cup win and 15th victory …

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