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Max Papis Tests Positive for COVID-19, JJ Yeley to Sub at Indy

JJ Yeley at 2021 Martinsville Cup spring race, Fat Boy ice cream firesuit, Rick Ware Racing No. 53 car

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Max Papis has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to compete in the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Rick Ware Racing announced Aug. 12. JJ Yeley will serve as the replacement driver of the No. 17 Chevrolet. He was initially entered in the car earlier this …

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Max Papis Hopes Charlotte’s Roval Inspires Other Racing Series to Try NASCAR’s Move

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daytona International Speedway has used its famous roval for the 24-hour sports car race since the 1960s. Now, Charlotte Motor Speedway has a roval of its own. The design at CMS didn’t come without the help of experienced road course racers, though. Max Papis, who has competed in open-wheel, sports cars and stock cars throughout …

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4 Burning Questions: Will New Overtime Procedure Impact Watkins Glen?

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Will New Overtime Procedure Come Into Play at Watkins Glen International? Add another rule change due to fan feedback to the calendar for 2017. After a few trial runs of the overtime line, which stood as the line to end the race in an overtime finish if a yellow flag flied after it was crossed, …

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Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

Max Papis, post-Truck slap has been nowhere to be found in 2014 as the road ringer disappearance in Sprint Cup continues. Credit: CIA

When I first started watching NASCAR, the road course races were among the best of the year. Not only were the tracks — Sonoma and Watkins Glen — the only instances all year in the Sprint Cup Series where one could watch drivers actually take a right turn every lap. They were also chock full …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part I

While the Nationwide and Cup series head out west for a visit to Sonoma, the Camping World Truck Series once again sits idle, and until NASCAR adjusts the schedule so these off weeks come along much less frequently, fans are left with quite a bit of downtime in between events. After watching the battle between …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Max Papis on Rolex, 2011 Truck Series Transition

Max Papis has had success in multiple disciplines of motorsports over the past two decades. He started as an open-wheel racer in Europe, eventually progressing through the karting ranks and into the lesser categories of open-wheel racing. Eventually, in 1995 Papis made his World Championship debut for the Footwork/Arrows Hart team, driving seven races in …

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Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part III: Drivers Brad Keselowski – Brian Vickers

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010. Tuesday, we covered an owner-by-owner breakdown of season results so far… all of which you …

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Did You Notice? We Can Learn From Montreal, Sorting Out NASCAR PR & Where’s Father Time?

Did You Notice? How well-received the Montreal finish was for fans, competitors, and the packed house of 70,000 in Canada? So much has been written about the race itself, but for those disillusioned with the state of NASCAR this season, it’s important to understand why things went so well.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

“Finally!” exclaimed Boris Said as he emerged in NAPA Auto Parts 200 victory lane after scoring his first career Nationwide Series victory, moments after a drag race to the checkers with Max Papis that hit the highlight reels as the fifth-closest finish in series history. More importantly, this was finally the type of ending the …

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Bubble Breakdown: Start & Parkers Still Chasing After NASCAR Dreams

With 12 races remaining in the 2010 NASCAR Cup season, two teams still have a realistic shot at re-entering the Top 35 in owner points: the No. 26 Latitude 43 Motorsports team and the No. 38 owned by Front Row Motorsports. Although both cars face an uphill battle to lock themselves into future races, they …

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