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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Spire Motorsports

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When the 2021 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway in February, Spire Motorsports will be entering its third full-time season as a team in NASCAR. Yes, you heard that right. 

 Their first two years in the NASCAR atmosphere have been interesting, to say the very least. 
After the unfortunate collapse of former championship-winning …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Trucks at Texas on FOX Sports 1 — What a Doozy!

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This is an interesting time for us. It is very rare that you get a double postponement due to weather. In the Cup Series, I can only recall this happening a couple of times in the last 20 years. It’s happening now as NASCAR officially pulled the plug at Texas Motor Speedway Monday after working …

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Tracking the Trucks: Sheldon Creed Punches Championship 4 Ticket With Texas Win

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In a Nutshell: Amidst 10 caution flag periods, hard crashes and several angry drivers, Sheldon Creed won the SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win and the one that clinches his spot in the Championship 4. “Today, we did an awesome job,” Creed …

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‘KBM Trucks Run Over Everybody’: Ben Rhodes Among Drivers Angry As Wrecks Mar Texas Truck Race

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Sunday’s (Oct. 25) NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors event at Texas Motor Speedway provided plenty of frayed tempers, causing several crashes that brought out cautions in the latter half of the SpeedyCash.com 400. Included in the mess? Championship contender Ben Rhodes and both KBM trucks (Kyle Busch Motorsports). However, a pair of non-playoff drivers sparked …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Curbs The Daytona Road Course

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Top Dog Michael McDowell is an accomplished road racer, so he always seems to have a better shot than most underdogs when the NASCAR Cup Series has to make a few right turns. With no one able to practice on the Daytona International Speedway road course prior to the start of the race, the often …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads the Way in Michigan

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Top Dog A doubleheader last weekend at Michigan International Speedway meant twice the opportunity for the underdog class to snag a solid finish. On Saturday, Bubba Wallace did that and then some, ending up with a ninth-place result. Running as high as third in the closing laps, Wallace briefly had visions of his first career …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Sunday Underwhelms, NBCSN Does the Best With the Circumstances Surrounding Road America

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Last weekend was yet another exhausting affair. Pretty much everyone except for INDYCAR and IMSA was in action. The NASCAR Cup Series had a doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway with the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series as support. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series spent its Saturday at alternatively wet and dry …

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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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The Underdog House: Teammates Tangle at ‘Hot’lanta

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Atlanta Motor Speedway proved to be a tough (and hot) track for the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs, as only one was able to finish inside the top 20. Christopher Bell, driving the No. 95 Toyota for Leavine Family Racing, ended up 18th. Bell had a run-in with Erik Jones just before the end of stage two while racing four-wide. Jones’s tire went flat and he had to pit, which put him a lap down. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing pilot was understandably upset after the contact.

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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