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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Moving From Hot Seat To Hot Prospect Once Again

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A fresh paint scheme is nothing surprising for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The No. 17 car has been soaked in three vastly different colors through 11 races this year. The plethora of sponsors is nothing new for Stenhouse, who won back-to-back XFINITY (then Nationwide) Series championships in 2011 and 2012 with a Roush Fenway Racing team that …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Receives P3 Penalty for Richmond Infraction

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Three teams had infractions during the Richmond race weekend, with one team receiving a P3 penalty. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team was found to have an illegal steering system during opening inspection and the team was levied a P3 penalty on Wednesday. Stenhouse’s crew chief Nick Sandler was fined $20,000, placed …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Carl Edwards Lays Down a Colossal Beat Down at Bristol

Who’s in the headline – It was pointed out last week, and it was reinforced this weekend, that Joe Gibbs Racing is right at the top of the board in the Cup series. It was Carl Edwards turn this weekend as he dominated the race. Edwards led 276 laps en route to capturing his first …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Seemingly) Unlikely Drivers Who Could Get to Victory Lane in 2016

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Austin Dillon OK, so this one’s not really a stretch.  Dillon has been strong this season, he’s got the resources (his grandfather owns the team, so there might even be a little extra incentive), and the former Truck and XFINITY series champ has shown he can run with just about anyone. Dillon’s numbers are already on …

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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to Run Darrell Waltrip Tribute Scheme at Darlington

(Photo: Roush Fenway Racing)

It has been 41 years since NASCAR Hall of Fame member and current Fox Sports commentator Darrell Waltrip first pulled into Victory Lane. Honoring the three-time Cup Series champion, Waltrip’s paint scheme for his first victory in 1975 at Nashville will be featured as part of the throwback theme for this year’s Southern 500 at …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? From the “where did he come from?” category, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t look like a top-5 threat this weekend…until he was.  Stenhouse qualified 15th, and ran in the top 15 for most of the day, occasionally cracking the lower half of the top 10.  He had worked his …

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Erik Jones Highlights Phoenix Penalty Report

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NASCAR penalized one team and warned four others on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Phoenix race weekend. Erik Jones’ No. 20 XFINITY Series team was levied a P2 penalty for failing post-race inspection. His car was found to be out of alignment in the rear end. Jones’ crew chief Chris Gabehart was fined $5,000 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kevin Harvick Beats His Way to Eighth Career Phoenix Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – There are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. Closely behind that is Kevin Harvick winning at Phoenix International Raceway. For the eighth time in his career and the sixth time in the last eight races, Harvick was the first car under the checkered flag. What happened – …

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Kevin Harvick Wins in Photo Finish for 8th Phoenix Victory

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Well, it happened again. Much like the 58th Daytona 500 to start the Sprint Cup Series season three weeks ago, the victory came down to inches. This time, it was Kevin Harvick edging Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds to win at Phoenix International Raceway for the eighth time in his career and …

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Did You Notice? … The Band’s Back Together

Did You Notice? … That the old band’s back together again? That’s the hidden story surrounding Cole Pearn’s suspension this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, was issued the suspension after the team was given notice pre-race for roof-flap issues in back-to-back …

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