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Couch Potato Tuesday: Iowa Puts Trucks and XFINITY on Display

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Daniel Suarez and Sam Hornish Jr. leading photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup teams took last weekend off in order to relax.  However, even without Cup drivers (Brad Keselowski being an exception to the rule), it was an incredibly busy weekend with Formula One in Azerbaijan, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two big races in Iowa. American Ethanol E15 250 Sunday’s XFINITY Series race …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Sam Hornish, Jr. Wins One for the Family at Iowa

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

In less than one week, Sam Hornish, Jr. went from standing on NASCAR’s sidelines to celebrating in Victory Lane. Making his first start of 2016, he jumped into Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car as a replacement for rookie Matt Tifft, who sat out this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway with a back injury. Hornish qualified …

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Sam Hornish, Jr. Takes Iowa Victory in 2016 Debut

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Sam Hornish Jr. burnout photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Without a NASCAR start since Nov. 2015, Sam Hornish, Jr. received a call to take the seat of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Sunday’s XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway, filling in for an injured Matt Tifft. On Sunday, Hornish gave the calls, leading 183 of 250 laps en route to winning the American Ethanol E15 …

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Up To Speed: Sam Hornish Jr. Can Still Get It Done

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Daniel Suarez and Sam Hornish Jr. leading photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

It was a while since the NASCAR world heard from Sam Hornish, Jr. He hadn’t raced since the Sprint Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, and until recently didn’t have any plans to race at all. Instead, Hornish had been working as a substitute teacher and enjoying the extra time with his family. “A lot of …

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Ben Kennedy Sweeps XFINITY Series Practices in Iowa

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Joe Gibbs Racing has made the competition elevate its performance, wining eight races in the XFINITY Series in 2016. In the first practice session at Iowa Speedway, it was Ben Kennedy who had the edge over the JGR train of drivers, with a late lap of 132.448 mph, over a tenth of a second quicker than second …

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Matt Tifft Sidelined with Back Injury, Sam Hornish to Sub

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(Credit: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

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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AJ Allmendinger, Ben Kennedy Among 4 Added to Richard Childress Racing’s XFINITY Roster

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Richard Childress Racing added some star power to its No. 2 NASCAR XFINITY Series  on Wednesday. RCR announced it has filled the seat for the five NXS standalone races. Ben Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell will all get a shot at bringing the No. 2 to Victory Lane, a feat the …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Sam Hornish Jr.

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Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

In sports like baseball and hockey, it isn’t uncommon for a player to move between the major and minor leagues during his career. In NASCAR, not so much. Once a driver has made it to the major league Sprint Cup Series, history dictates he’ll stay there until he can’t find a ride. When that time …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Will Not Return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

As Sam Hornish Jr. indicated to Frontstretch at Dover International Speedway in October, he will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016. The three-time IndyCar Series champion joined the organization this season, piloting the No. 9 car after a stint in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the greater portion of four years. At Dover, …

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