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Menard, Bayne Lead Nationwide Open Test Sessions

Menard, Bayne Lead Nationwide Open Test Sessions

On Wednesday, Kentucky Speedway’s bumpy track surface played host to two open test sessions for the Nationwide Series. However, with 5.5 hours of testing available before the official race weekend began, a number of teams chose to take it easy. Paul Menard, last seen in the series at Michigan, where he emerged victorious, was fastest in the morning session with a lap of 31.040 seconds (173.969 mph), followed by RCR teammate Brian Scott. Ryan Blaney was third, despite tweeting that ... Read More »

Humphrey Racing Retooling, Out Until Indianapolis

Humphrey Racing Retooling, Out Until Indianapolis

NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello is reporting that Humphrey Racing, which fields the No. 77 Fords for Dave Blaney in the Sprint Cup Series, will take the next few weeks off from the Sprint Cup Series tour. The team is not shutting down, though. Instead, they are retooling in order to show improved form later in the season. Despite limited sponsorship, Humphrey claims that money is not an issue for the team. “It has nothing to do with financials, it’s really more ... Read More »

Toyota Re-ups Sponsorship of Sonoma Raceway

Toyota Re-ups Sponsorship of Sonoma Raceway

On Wednesday, Sonoma Raceway announced that Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and the Northern California Toyota Dealers have signed a multi-year contract extension that will see Toyota continue their co-sponsorship of the Sprint Cup Series’ Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway through at least 2017.Track General Manager Steve Page is very happy to have Toyota continue their relationship with the track. “We could not be more proud of our association with the Toyota brand, their terrific lineup of cars and trucks ... Read More »

Said Returns to Go FAS Racing for Sonoma; 7-Eleven and AmeriGas to Sponsor

Said Returns to Go FAS Racing for Sonoma; 7-Eleven and AmeriGas to Sponsor

Go FAS Racing announced on Wednesday that 51-year old Boris Said, currently a full-time racer in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Prototype class for Marsh Racing, will drive the team’s No. 32 Ford in this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350k.  Sponsorship will be provided by a combination of 7-Eleven and AmeriGas.For Said, he’s happy to be back in a Sprint Cup car and back with 7-Eleven.“I’m thrilled to be back in a car sponsored by 7-Eleven,” Said proclaimed in a press release.  “We ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

In what’s becoming more and more of a common sight in NASCAR, all three of the sport’s national series were hard at work this past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hitting up Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park. With a new-ish track on the schedule, combined with TNT’s second broadcast of the season, it was sure to be a weekend with its share of storylines. Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Sprint Cup Series: Power and Tires - Enzo Ferrari once stated that aerodynamics are for people who don’t know how to build engines.  That may be a paraphrasing of the Italian icon’s words, but you get the idea.  This concept could not be found in better evidence than after the Sprint Cup race at Michigan.  How’s that?  Because Hendrick engines powered nine of the top 13 cars.  That’s nearly 70% of the top of the order.  Throw in Danica Patrick’s 17th-place ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) ... Read More »

Justin Marks To Drive For Turner Scott Motorsports In Two Races

Justin Marks To Drive For Turner Scott Motorsports In Two Races

Turner Scott Motorsports announced Monday that former Camping World Truck Series racer Justin Marks will drive their No. 31 Chevrolet in the road races at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  As both races are standalone events, regular driver Dylan Kwasniewski will move over to the No. 42 in order to replace regular driver Kyle Larson, who will not make the trip.  Sponsorship will be provided by SOL Republic, a company that manufactures headphones, along with Casamigos Tequila. Marks is happy ... Read More »

Former Sprint Cup Series Car Owner Junie Donlavey Passes Away

Former Sprint Cup Series Car Owner Junie Donlavey Passes Away

NBC affiliate WWBT (Richmond, VA) is reporting that former Sprint Cup Series car owner Wesley Christian Donlavey, better known as “Junie” Donlavey, passed away Monday night at the age of 90, according to family members.  Donlavey had been suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years. Donlavey was the principal owner of Donlavey Racing, a team that competed in what is now the Sprint Cup Series for over 50 years.  Over 863 starts, Donlavey’s team had only one victory, the 1981 Mason-Dixon ... Read More »

Biffle Likely To Stay At Roush

Biffle Likely To Stay At Roush

The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Utter is reporting that both Greg Biffle and 3M will re-sign with Roush Fenway Racing for at least the 2015 season.  The move came as a small surprise for many as multiple reports in recent weeks (including our own Amy Henderson) had Biffle’s contract negotiations suddenly turning cold, leading the veteran to look elsewhere.  Michael Waltrip Racing was considered to be a popular landing spot for the veteran, with Darrell Waltrip even announcing the likelihood of that ... Read More »