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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Sweeps Stages at Daytona, Heartbreak for Others

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Whenever Kyle Larson has strapped up for an XFINITY Series race in 2018, he’s been the clear-cut favorite. Friday’s (July 6) Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway was no different. Larson started the race from seventh position after qualifying got rained out, but it didn’t take long for him to surge the No. 42 car …

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Timmy Hill to Race for RWR at Talladega, Race to Erase Opioids Joins

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Rick Ware Racing announced Thursday (April 26) that Timmy Hill will return to the No. 51 Chevrolet this weekend in Talladega.  The team originally planned on running XFINITY Series regular Cole Custer in a Ford in collaboration with Stewart-Haas Racing. The team will be sponsored by Keen’s Buildings.  In addition, Talladega will see the debut …

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Entry List: 2018 STP 500


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After the three-race “West Coast Swing,” the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads back east this weekend to Martinsville Speedway. The first short track race of the season, the STP 500, has a preliminary entry list of 38 cars this week. That’s the most for MENCS since the season-opening Daytona 500. Jeffrey Earnhardt is listed …

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Entry List: 2018 Auto Club 400

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This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the final race of the “West Coast Swing.” 37 cars make up this week’s entry list, meaning once again, everyone who shows up will qualify for the race. Not much has changed on this week’s list. The …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Rick Ware Racing

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The deaths of HScott Motorsports and Tommy Baldwin Racing following the 2016 season left a void in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In 2016, only 40 cars showed up most weekends to compete. All of the sudden, three of them vanished and left the series with just 37 full time teams for 2017. Rick …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: MBM Motorsports


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2017 was like a puzzle for MBM Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Carl Long had to find the pieces and put them together in order to create a Cup team capable of making the 40-car field each week. It all began after the team, a full-time XFINITY Series effort, purchased an old …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Ticket Galaxy 200

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads west this weekend to Phoenix International Raceway for the 19th annual Ticket Galaxy 200. It’s their final playoff race in the Round of 8 before the Championship 4 is set to battle for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There are 40 cars on the penultimate preliminary entry list, meaning the …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Carl Long Balancing Risk & Reward in NASCAR Ownership

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On the surface, every team was a throwback to the old days Sunday at Darlington Raceway. With memorable paint schemes and bright STP hats, the laymen would struggle to pick out the true underdogs. However, for Carl Long, the small-team status is one he’s raced in all his life in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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5 Points to Ponder: Great NASCAR Finishes Abound After Indy

2017 Indianapolis CUP Kasey Kahne Rick Hendrick celebrate Russell LaBounty NKP

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ONE: Massive Win for Kahne I have a good friend who is a huge Kasey Kahne fan. He’s from the same home town –Enumclaw, WA — as the 14-year, 488-race Hendrick Motorsports veteran, and he’s followed Kahne’s career from the very start. He is, if you will, the definition of a die-hard fan. This past …

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