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5 Points to Ponder: Experimentation, Throwing Caution to the Wind & Spongebob

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Experimentation As our own Jerry Jordan wrote this morning, JR Nation can sleep easy. With Sunday’s win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has all but clinched his second-straight Chase for the Sprint Cup berth with the new format. The playoff berth was inevitable; Earnhardt was inside the top 10 in points even if he didn’t win. The …

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Going for Gold: IMS Tabs Nastia Liukin as Indy 500 Grand Marshal

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway has decided to go for gold. Track officials announced on their website that Nastia Liukin, individual all-around gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24. “We’re excited to have Nastia Liukin as part of the rich pre-race pageantry of …

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Sorry, Rowdy Fans: Still No Timetable for Kyle Busch’s Return

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Fans of Kyle Busch are going to have to wait a bit longer to see him race. Busch, 30, has been out indefinitely following a severe crash in the February Xfinity Series race at Daytona that left him with broken bones in each leg. As reported on Motorsport.com, Busch tested a late model last week, …

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Entry List: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

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Next stop: Kansas. NASCAR released the entry list for the May 9 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Speedway this morning. There are 44 entrants, meaning one team will fail to make Saturday’s race. NASCAR’s game of musical chairs continues this week as Erik Jones gets to make his first official start in the No. 18 …

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Did You Notice? Chevrolet Bounces Back, Jamie McMurray Shines & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? That Chevrolet returned to form at a track that they’ve been weak at in recent years? The manufacturer owned the Virginia half-mile from 2006-2008, winning six straight races behind the dominance of drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. Yet amazingly, Chevrolet has been dominated by Ford and Toyota in recent years. Toyota took over …

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New Xfinity Series Team Deese Racing Enterprises Prepares for Talladega Debut

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When the Xfinity Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, they’ll have a new team in their midst. Deese Racing Enterprises is set to enter this weekend’s Winn-Dixie 300 in Alabama with Conyers, Ga., native Chris Cockrum behind the wheel, as first seen on the race’s entry list. The team, based out of Mooresville, N.C., …

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Entry List: 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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NASCAR’s first shot at the new restrictor-plate qualifying format will include two drivers going home. The entry list for the May 3 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was released on Monday (April 27). The list includes 45 entrants, meaning that two drivers will fail to make Sunday’s feature. The Wood Brothers will look to return …

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Entry List: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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A week after their first win of 2015, Toyota is putting on their sponsor hat. NASCAR has released the entry list for the April 25 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). There are 45 initial entrants, meaning that two drivers will fail to make the race. Toyota will have nine chances to earn …

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Entry List: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol

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When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the “Last Great Colosseum” this weekend, they’ll have 45 gladiators ready for battle. NASCAR released the entry list for the April 19 Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier today. The list includes 45 entrants, meaning that …

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