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Casey Mears Hoping Martinsville Will Be a Turning Point

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There’s an hour to kill before final Sprint Cup practice at Martinsville Speedway during a breezy Saturday spring afternoon. Teams are putting the finishing touches on their machines, hustling inside the garage before hitting the track one more time before Sunday’s STP 500.  In the No. 13 Cup hauler, crew chief …

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Martinsville a Homecoming for Wood Brothers Racing

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Ryan Blaney isn’t from Martinsville, but it’s his team’s home track. While the Wood Brothers Racing shop is located in North Carolina now the town of Stuart, Virginia, just a few miles up the road from Martinsville Speedway, is where the long and oft-told story of the No. 21 car began.  …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Perfection in Half a Mile

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Nothing is perfect.  That’s true of life as well as racing.  2016 has been a very solid NASCAR season so far; the racing is as good as it’s been in 15 or 20 years, particularly on the intermediate tracks.  There’s stability for teams to grow into the future.  Optimism flourishes. …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Martinsville Surprise?

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came out this week saying that he is going to donate his brain after he dies for scientists to study it. What implications could this have on the future of safety in racing if they were to find anything different in his brain?  Mark Howell, Senior Writer: …

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Friday Faceoff: So, Who Should Have Been Fined?

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Both Kyle Busch and Cole Pearn faced penalties for post-race comments over the weekend, and Busch was ultimately fined and placed on probation for not meeting postrace media obligations. Penalties were considered but not given when Busch accused NASCAR of fixing the NXS race on his team radio while Pearn …

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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 …

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