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Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Top WeatherTech Thursday Practices

2018 Daytona IWSC Graham Rahal Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Sebring International Raceway.  Taylor’s time in practice No. 2 of 107.841 seconds (124.850 mph).  The lap time was a full one-third of a second faster than the pole time set last year by REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani. Practice …

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Entry List: TicketGuardian 500

2017 Phoenix II CUP pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

37 cars make up the entry list for the 2018 TicketGuardian 500, the fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway). Since there are only 37 cars trying to compete this Sunday, all of them will be locked into the field. The only new addition is …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Busch Scores 50th Career Victory at Las Vegas

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Kyle Busch celebrating his 2018 Truck Series win at Las Vegas (Photo: John K Harrelson /NKP)

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch scored his 50th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota led the final 15 laps of the Stratosphere 200 en route to a 0.437-second victory over Johnny Sauter. Last week’s winner, Brett Moffitt, ran third after …

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NASCAR 101: 3 for 3, 3 Races In

Harrison Rhodes Atlanta 2018

(Photo: John K Harrelson / NKP)

The lower series of the NASCAR national series are known for many things, including their unpredictability with regards to entry lists. There are times when it’s tough to predict three-fourths of the list in an XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series race, thanks to a constantly changing driver lineup and even a slew of part-time …

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Justin Marks, Johnny Sauter Lead Las Vegas Truck Practices


(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

A veteran road racer and a veteran champion led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series speed charts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the two practices held on Thursday (March 1) for Friday night’s Stratosphere 200. Justin Marks, driving the No. 54 DGR-Crosley Toyota, led the first practice. Marks ran a quickest lap of 178.141 …

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Justin Marks Plans Up to 6 NASCAR Races in 2018

2017 Road America NXS Justin Marks Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

In recent years, Justin Marks has been more of a part-time racer as he’s focused on his businesses, like GoPro Motorplex.  However, the 2018 season is shaping up to be his busiest season in a number of years.  Marks will drive full-time for Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian in the No. 93 Acura alongside Lawson …

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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2018 Programs

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Oswaldo Negri Jr. Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, Michael Shank Racing announced two separate racing programs for the 2018 season at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.  For the Verizon IndyCar Series, the team announced a part-time effort in partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.  Meanwhile, the team’s two-car program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura will continue as …

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The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega… Sort Of

2017 Talladega II CUP Michael McDowell Brad Keselowski racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Think Small One thing that struck me when I first started in NASCAR was that if you spent enough time looking, you could see fans at a race who supported every driver in the field.  T-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers were among the ways they proclaimed their loyalty. Fast forward a couple of decades, and …

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Did You Notice?: Tackling The Unpredictability of Talladega And NASCAR Silly Season

2017 Talladega I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr pack racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Did You Notice? …. Talladega is truly the Russian Roulette of the NASCAR playoffs? This race has now had a green-white-checkered finish three years running. Last fall, two top title contenders (Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.) failed to finish in surprising fashion (engine failure). Later in that race, a driver who would soon announce his retirement (Brian Scott) …

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Justin Marks Quickest in Opening Johnsonville 180 Practice

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

On Saturday afternoon, XFINITY Series teams took to the 4.048-mile road course for their first practice session of the weekend at Road America.  The weather forecast for Sunday is dicey, but teams were greeted with dry weather for the first session.  Wet or dry, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Justin Marks may be the man to beat …

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