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Pace Laps: Is Brad Keselowski NASCAR’s Best at Plate Racing?

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Sprint Cup: Brad Keselowski, The New Restrictor Plate King? – Every time the Sprint Cup Series goes restrictor plate racing at Talladega, or so it seems, Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski runs up front and contends for victory. Now, the 2012 series champ has added the other plate track to his resume, picking up a first win at the World Center …

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Matt Tifft Set to Return at Daytona

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NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Matt Tifft will be back on the racetrack in early July at Daytona International Speedway, according to Motorsport.com. Tifft, who turns 20 on Sunday, did not compete at Iowa Speedway due to having a procedure to reduce pain for a lower back issue. Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Tifft was scheduled to race at …

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Matt Tifft Sidelined with Back Injury, Sam Hornish to Sub

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Matt Tifft planned to pull double duty this weekend at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. Instead, he’ll be watching from the sidelines. Tifft announced today (June 14) that he will not race this weekend due to a disc problem in his back. The driver confirmed the news via Twitter. …

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Matt Crafton is the First Repeat Winner of 2016

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After taking the lead just past the halfway mark of the NC Education Lottery 200, 2014 Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton never looked in the mirror at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Leading 47 laps on the afternoon, most of all competitors, Crafton picked up back-to-back victories for the first time in his career. Much like …

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Kasey Kahne, Others Penalized After Dover

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Wednesday was a busy day for NASCAR penalties. The biggest penalty was levied to the No. 5 team of Kasey Kahne, who received a P3 penalty for illegal truck arms found following the race weekend at Dover. Crew chief Keith Rodden was fined $25,000 and the team lost both 15 drivers and owners points. Kahne …

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10 Teams Warned After Talladega

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10 teams between the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series were warned for failing pre-race inspection multiple times during the Talladega race weekend, including the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s team failed template inspection three times and in addition to his warning he will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Kansas Speedway. …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Dominates NXS Qualifying at Talladega

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It was a different driver, but a similar result for the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway. Rookie Matt Tifft outpaced teammate Daniel Suarez to headline a 1-2-4 result for Joe Gibbs Racing in qualifying for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Tifft’s 52.857-second lap averaged 181.168 mph around the 2.66-mile Alabama oval to take …

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Darrell Wallace, Matt Tifft Fastest In Talladega XFINITY Practice Sessions

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Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Matt Tifft were the fastest drivers in the first and second practice sessions on Friday for the Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Both practice sessions were 55 minutes in length and will be the only XFINITY Series practice sessions this weekend at the legendary Alabama track. The first session had most cars …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dominates Richmond Toward 24th XFINITY Win

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the man in charge for Saturday’s Toyotacare 250 at Richmond International Raceway as he led 128 of 149 laps en route to victory. The win for Earnhardt his is first in the XFINITY Series in nearly six years and his fourth at Richmond. “I don’t run the XFINITY Series but a …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Are Matt Tifft and Cole Custer the Latest Names Made Here?

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The XFINITY Series will have a couple of relatively new faces in new places this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.  Matt Tifft will be making the first of 13 scheduled starts in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car.  Additionally, Camping World Truck Series regular Cole Custer will be making his first ever XFINITY start, racing …

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