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Brad Keselowski Docked 10 Points for Failing Post-Race Laser Inspection

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On Wednesday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  It contained a wide assortment of warnings, but one graded penalty as well. Brad Keselowski‘s No. 2 Miller Lite Ford flunked the post-race laser inspection on Sunday at Michigan.  It is a penalty that has happened multiple times recently. NASCAR ended up assessing the No. 2 team a P2-level …

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Christopher Bell, Spencer Gallagher Unhurt in Vicious Michigan Crash

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Two months ago at Gateway Motorsports Park, Spencer Gallagher climbed out of his No. 23 Chevrolet ahead of a confrontation that ultimately led to a fight with John Wes Townley. However, when Gallagher made his way out of his No. 23 and ran towards Christopher Bell’s crashed truck at Michigan International Speedway, it was out of concern, …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Scores 4th Career Win at Kentucky Speedway

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In a Nutshell: William Byron scored his third win in the last four races and his fourth overall when he took the checkered flag 0.190 seconds ahead of John Hunter Nemechek in thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Byron held off a hard-charging Nemechek and Daniel Hemric in the final …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: NASCAR Fails to Drop the Hammer for Fighting

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Unless you’ve been under a rock for last few days, by now you’re well aware of the “fight” between John Wes Townley on the track at Gateway Motorsports Park. In a wreck that was seemingly payback for earlier contact, the pair brought out the ninth and final caution when their trucks came to a stop …

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Fines, But No Suspensions for John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced only monetary fines and probation for John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher following their scuffle in the Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway last Saturday night. Townley was fined $15,000 and Gallagher $12,500 for their fight in turns 1 and 2. The skirmish occurred after the two crashed heading into …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona Edition

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As has become the trend lately with road courses, last weekend’s race at Sonoma played more like a short track, complete with some last-lap bumping and banging. However, Sonoma wasn’t the only track that saw contact. The Truck Series was in Gateway over the weekend and had some contact of its own – though this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Goes All-in for Stewart

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Last weekend saw NASCAR’s National Series put on two very different races.  Sonoma on Sunday was very clean, possibly the cleanest Cup race ever run at Sonoma Raceway.  Yes, there were four cautions, but they were for either stalled cars or debris.  No one spun out all day.  Don’t recall that ever happening.  Meanwhile, there …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Inside Tony Stewart’s Stunning Sonoma Victory

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Who’s in the headline – Friday, Tony Stewart said, “driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now.” Wonder how he feels after a trip to Victory Lane? Based on that winning look on his face my guess is “ecstatic” after a last-lap, last-turn re-pass of Denny Hamlin earned Smoke his first victory since Dover in June 2013. …

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Pace Laps: The Buzz Behind NASCAR’s Weekend Fight

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Sprint Cup Series: Tony Stewart’s Triumphant Return to Victory Lane – Coming off a solid race at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago, Tony Stewart snapped an 84-race winless streak on Sunday, leading the final 22 laps in wine country at Sonoma Raceway. It was a caution on lap 86 that turned Stewart’s race around. The …

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John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher Fight in Gateway, Twitter Hilarity Ensues

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John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher have been two of the more lovable drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series paddock for the past few seasons. Townley, with his #JWT-tweeting fanbase and enduring career, and Gallagher, with a personality that often brings laughter from his fans, have typically been good, if quiet, fixtures of …

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