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Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 225

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 225

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 1.129 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to grab his fifth victory this season in the rain delayed Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday evening. Busch used a lapped truck to assist in his pass of Austin Dillon to take the lead for the final time on lap 134. Dillon, Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch. Erik Jones practiced the No. 51 Toyota ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Sprint Cup Series: Slow Start for Roush Fenway Racing - There has been a gap between Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all season.  Though both teams use Ford engines, Penske has been gapping their counterpart, and never was it more evident than at Chicagoland on Sunday. While Brad Keselowski earned the win and Joey Logano fought to a fourth-place finish, the RFR drivers languished on the track, never coming close to contention, and really, not ever being much of a ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Turner Scott Motorsports Saga Takes Bizarre Turn

Truckin’ Thursdays: Turner Scott Motorsports Saga Takes Bizarre Turn

In the wake of Turner Scott Motorsports “breaking up” their Truck Series team, both owners pointing fingers toward the other the organization has been in turmoil for a few weeks now. From the rumors that swirled to layoffs, lawsuits, then the official closure of the No. 30 team, TSM continues to be in the news for all the wrong reasons, failing to stop the bleeding that led to public media scrutiny. And as the dominoes keep falling, almost daily the ... Read More »

Nationwide Expands Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sponsorship

Nationwide Expands Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sponsorship

Nationwide is on your side. In May, Nationwide Insurance joined Hendrick Motorsports to back Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a part of three-year deal to serve as primary sponsor for 12 Sprint Cup races in 2015 and 13 each in 2016 and 2017. Having stepped away from series title sponsorship of the Nationwide Series in favor of individual team backing, the insurance company has now expanded its involvement with the No. 88 team. On Friday morning, it was announced Nationwide had ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part IV

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part IV

Following last week’s Turner Scott Motorsports reports, news in the Truck Series has been relatively quiet, with the exception of TSM officially shuttering the No. 30 team, leaving Ron Hornaday, Jr. and 18 members of the team unemployed. With both owners apparently embroiled in lawsuits against each other, there’s not a whole lot more that I expect to come out of the story until some kind of decision is made by a judge. In the meantime, it’s a great chance ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 250

Tracking the Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 250

In a Nutshell: Ryan Blaney finished 0.049 seconds ahead of German Quiroga to win Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The driver of the No. 29 Ford led twice for a race-high 34 laps en route to his first win of the season. Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Ryan Blaney led 34 of 64 laps on Sunday afternoon and fought German Quiroga hard for the ... Read More »

Bass Pro Shops Founder Releases Statement on Tony Stewart’s Return

Bass Pro Shops Founder Releases Statement on Tony Stewart’s Return

On Saturday morning, Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris released a statement about Tony Stewart’s return to racing. The driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet will make his first start this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway since his involvement in the fatal accident that took Kevin Ward, Jr.’s life three weeks ago. Today our thoughts are with our friend and fishing buddy Tony Stewart as he prepares to return to racing after what has been a difficult time in his ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Divorce Papers – Making Sense of Turner Scott Motorsports

Truckin’ Thursdays: Divorce Papers – Making Sense of Turner Scott Motorsports

To say it’s been a tumultuous 24 hours for anyone connected to Steve Turner and Harry Scott’s NASCAR Truck program is putting it mildly. Early Wednesday afternoon, Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reported Turner Scott Motorsports had shut down all three of its Truck Series teams effective immediately. According to Spencer’s report, crew chief Mike Shelton delivered the news around 3 p.m. ET. Around that same time, Troy Turnage, team engineer for the No. 31 truck driven by Ben Kennedy, tweeted, “Boom ... Read More »

Matt Kenseth Releases Anti-Bullying Book

Matt Kenseth Releases Anti-Bullying Book

On Tuesday, Matt Kenseth teamed up with Dollar General Literacy Foundation to release the first book in a four part series. The book, entitled Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying was released to coincide with National Youth Literacy Day. “As a parent of three small children, it’s natural to worry about the issues they will face while growing up,” said Kenseth in a team release. “Both Katie and I believe that openly talking about these issues is the best way to prepare them. ... Read More »

NASCAR Announces 2015 Schedules

NASCAR Announces 2015 Schedules

2015 Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series Schedules The much-anticipated announcement on the 2015 NASCAR schedules came Tuesday afternoon on a special edition of Race Hub on Fox Sports 1. As expected, there were several dates moved around on the Sprint Cup schedule. One of the biggest highlights is that Darlington Raceway’s Southern 500 moves back to its traditional Labor Day weekend date. Darlington has been on the schedule since 1950, and had hosted a race every Labor Day weekend ... Read More »