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Jamie McMurray Tops Quiet Talladega Practice

2016 Fontana CUP Jamie McMurray vertical Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

The opening practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway could be described with one word: Uneventful. Jamie McMurray‘s 47.943-second lap topped the opening practice for Sunday’s Geico 500. The lap, set during an early pack run, held throughout the session as most teams focused on single-car runs. Chase Elliott (47.941), Kurt Busch (48.022), …

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Eldora Truck Race Adds Aspen Dental as Presenting Sponsor

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The only NASCAR-sanctioned race on dirt has a new presenting sponsor. The July 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway will be sponsored by Aspen Dental, speedway owner Tony Stewart confirmed on Friday (April 29) at Talladega Superspeedway. The Rossburg, Ohio, track confirmed the news in a release. “During our five year …

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The 10: Bristol Bump and Won

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Beatin’ and bangin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, bump and runnin’ and celebrating with the fans? Why, the past few weeks of short track NASCAR action have been classic. Dare I say it? One might even call it quintessential. The driver to fare better than anyone after it all was Carl Edwards. Cousin Carl took advantage of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can Anyone Stop Joe Gibbs Racing?

2016 Richmond I CUP Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T Hacker/NKP)

Did anyone else feel like they were watching a race from the late ’90s/early 2000s on Sunday? With great racing at Richmond – during the day, no less! – and a bump and run that harkened back to the short-track roots of most drivers on the circuit, Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 had just about everything …

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More Short Tracks, Please

2016 Martinsville I CUP overhead view Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

These past few weeks at short tracks sure have been fun, haven’t they? It’s a shame we won’t see another one until August. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series put on another thrilling race – and finally another scheduled day race – at Richmond International Raceway with Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400. The 400-mile thriller was the …

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On the Reds: Late Finish Hides Dull IndyCar Product in Barber

2016 Barber Scott Dixon Warmup Photo Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

The Verizon IndyCar Series lucked out with an incredible finish to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, but the series still has significant improvements to make to the on-track product as the season marches on. Continuing a depressing trend to open the season, the current aerokit led to an underwhelming race on Sunday. Save for a …

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Pagenaud Outlasts Rahal for Barber Victory

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Returning to the site of his 2011 Verizon IndyCar Series debut, points leader Simon Pagenaud parlayed a stellar drive from the pole and outlasted a battle with Graham Rahal to claim the April 24 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. After going winless in his first 18 races with Team Penske, …

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Takuma Sato Paces Rainy IndyCar Practice at Barber

2016 IndyCar Barber Takuma Sato Leads Bret Kelly

(Photo: Bret Kelley/IndyCar)

How’s this for a change of pace: the rainy second practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was led by three Hondas. A.J. Fort Racing’s Takuma Sato (1:07.2157) and Jack Hawksworth (1:07.2197) led the way with near-identical times to top the session, with James Hinchcliffe rattling off a 1:07.2455 to complete a Honda …

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Sébastien Bourdais Paces Opening Barber Practice

2016 Barber IndyCar Sebastien Bourdais Bret Holmes

(Photo: Bret Holmes/IndyCar)

In his first practice session with new sponsor Europa gracing his Chevrolet, Sébastien Bourdais led the way in the 75-minute opening practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park. The KVSH Racing driver’s 1:07.3399 stood atop the charts at the end of the session as teams prepare for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix …

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Preview: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Verizon IndyCar Series fans, say goodbye to the prestige of tradition at Long Beach, and hello to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern hospitality. For the first time this season, the IndyCar is gearing up for a consecutive week of racing. Just seven days removed from a wild afternoon on the streets of Long Beach, IndyCar’s trading in …

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The 10: Riding the High Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Love it or hate it, Bristol was a day of many storylines. From drivers like Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth struggling through tire issues to underdogs like Matt DiBenedetto and Trevor Bayne seizing the moment for surprising finishes, Sunday’s Food City 500 had more twists and turns than the Tennessee mountains. With so many comers …

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Best Race of 2016? It’s Bristol, Baby

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway NSCS Matt Kenseth leads pack credit NASCAR via getty images

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What’s been the best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2016? Easy. It’s Bristol, baby. Sunday’s Food City 500 was wild, unconventional, and by all means a bit strange, but it also played out as arguably the most exciting race of the young 2016 season, despite a dominant performance from Carl Edwards to take the …

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