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The ninth race of the 2016 season brings the XFINITY Series to Talladega Superspeedway. There are 43 cars entered for Saturday’s event, meaning three will not qualify for the race. John Wes Townley will attempt to make his second XFINITY Series start of 2016 in the No. 05 car. He …

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Pace Laps: Tony Stewart’s Solid Return, Four-Wide and Fast for Brittany Force and Ford Looking for XFINITY Series Magic

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Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart Solid in Sprint Cup Return – Though there was literal smoke for the driver nicknamed “Smoke” at one point during Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Starting 18th after Sprint Cup qualifying was rained out on Friday, Tony Stewart was a consistent character inside the top 25 …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Impresses at Bristol, Fuel Strategy Dominates IndyCar Series Race at Long Beach and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

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Sprint Cup: Sensational Sixth for DiBenedetto –  Is Bristol Motor Speedway becoming the new place for the underdogs? It might be more so than Daytona and Talladega as Bristol once again opened the curtain for the behind-the-scenes characters to shine on Sunday afternoon. One of the unusual suspects near the front …

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Austin Dillon Dominates in Second Heat at Bristol

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Austin Dillon followed the example of Erik Jones’ wire-to-wire in in the previous heat race to win the second heat of the day at Bristol Motor Speedway over younger brother Ty Dillon.  Joey Logano settled into third after an early gear issue dropped him back a spot at the start, …

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Gray Gaulding Signs XFINITY Series Deal with Roush Fenway Racing

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After speaking about how excited he was to announce his plans for 2016, Gray Gaulding has signed on to become the newest developmental driver for Roush Fenway Racing in the XFINITY Series. Gaulding is scheduled to pilot the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in two events this season, the first coming at Bristol Motor Speedway in …

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NASCAR 101: First-Time Wins Among Active Drivers

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Things this week started off innocently enough: who of NASCAR’s current active drivers (for these purposes, those still competing in one of the three national series) had scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway? You’d think it’d be a decently sized number. After all, recent races …

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NASCAR 101: Open Wheel Drivers Who Made the Leap to NASCAR

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A report by Autoweek this week brought to light an intriguing rumor in the NASCAR world: Kimi Raikkonen, one-time Formula 1 champion, may be mulling a move to American stock car racing for 2017, departing from the open wheel racing series in which he has competed for what is now his 14th season. …

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Pace Laps: Young and Hungry Rookies, Mikhail Aleshin Impresses & K&N Pro Series Action

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Sprint Cup: Young & Hungry – We are starting to witness a pattern in the Sprint Cup Series: The young drivers are here to race. The three men in particular are Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney as each of them scored a top-10 result Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. …

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Up to Speed: Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney Impress at Phoenix

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Rookies aren’t supposed to be competing for top fives and wins with the veterans, right? At most, they should barely be running near the top 10. Eh, try again. This year’s class of “super rookies” have already begun to make their mark in NASCAR’s premier division. A mere four races …

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