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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

In a blistering fast lap during Friday’s qualifying session at Michigan, Kevin Harvick earned the pole position for Sunday’s race after pacing all three qualifying rounds. Harvick set a new track record in the third and final qualifying round, with a speed of 204.557 mph, the fastest qualifying lap since Bill Elliott’s lap of 212.809 mph in April of 1987 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is Harvick’s third pole of the season and eighth of his career. “Obviously, it was a ... Read More »

Kyle Larson, Girlfriend Expecting First Child

Kyle Larson, Girlfriend Expecting First Child

Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, announced via Twitter that he and girlfriend Katelyn Sweet are expecting their first child in December of 2014. Really exciting news for @Katelyn_Sweet and I!! pic.twitter.com/r8WOvjrMYu — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) June 13, 2014 The 21-year-old Larson is currently in his rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After 14 races this season, he is sitting 10th in points with three top 5s and six top 10s. Larson ... Read More »

Mark ‘Hollywood’ Armstrong to Miss Time With Injury

Mark ‘Hollywood’ Armstrong to Miss Time With Injury

Mark “Hollywood” Armstrong will miss a few weeks in the garage after suffering a torn meniscus on Wednesday evening during pit practice in preparation for this weekend’s races at Michigan. He’ll be sidelined four to six weeks. Armstrong has been a fixture on NASCAR’s pit roads for over two decades. More recently, Armstrong has worked as a tire changer for Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Monster Energy Nationwide Series team at Joe Gibbs Racing and on the No. 26 car of Cole Whitt in ... Read More »

Mustang to Continue Celebration at Michigan

Mustang to Continue Celebration at Michigan

In tribute of the 50th anniversary celebration of Ford’s most iconic and recognized brand, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT will lead the field to green in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company president of the Americas, will do the honors behind the wheel of the new Mustang GT fastback to start the race. The sixth generation rear-wheel drive Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Michigan boasts many of the iconic features that Ford ... Read More »

Carcoons Storage Solutions To Sponsor Justin Allgaier At Michigan

Carcoons Storage Solutions To Sponsor Justin Allgaier At Michigan

HScott Motorsports announced today that Carcoons Storage Solutions will sponsor Justin Allgaier’s No. 55 Chevrolet SS this weekend in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Allgaier will make his first career Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan this weekend as he continues to contend for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. In five Nationwide Series events at MIS, he has one top-five and two top-10s. “I’m excited to have Carcoon Storage Solutions  on the car at ... Read More »

Nelson Piquet Jr. To Run NCWTS Practice For John Wes Townley

Nelson Piquet Jr. To Run NCWTS Practice For John Wes Townley

As announced pre-season, John Wes Townley is running both the full ARCA Racing Series schedule for Venturini Motorsports and the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Wauters Motorsports. With an ARCA race scheduled for Friday at Michigan, Townley will miss Friday’s practice for the Saturday’s truck race at Gateway. As a result, Nelson Piquet Jr. will practice the No. 5 Zaxby’s Toyota on Friday while Townley runs the ARCA race. Townley will then fly to Gateway to qualify and run the Driving ... Read More »

Panasonic to Be Gordon’s Primary Sponsor Later This Year?

Panasonic to Be Gordon’s Primary Sponsor Later This Year?

Jayski is reporting Panasonic as a potential primary sponsorship for Jeff Gordon in the Spring Cup Series races at  Sonoma Raceway and/or New Hampshire Motor Speedway  in July. An anonymous source submitted an image of what the car may look like to Jayski, which can be viewed here. Panasonic is currently an associate sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon has featured primary sponsorship from Drive to End Hunger, Pepsi Max and Axalta Coating Systems thus far in 2014. The pair of races ... 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 »