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Truckin’ Thursdays: Austin Theriault Prepared to Run Remainder of 2015 Season

2015 CWTS Kansas Austin Theriault Truck in Garage CIA

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When NASCAR descends up Chicagoland Speedway, most of the hype will be over the opening race for this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. But before the Cup Series even hits the track, the Camping World Truck Series will run Friday night, returning to action after two weeks off. As drivers take to the track, …

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Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Extend Partnership

Jimmie Johnson sits in his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet during practice at Michigan International Speedway

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Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday morning Lowe’s Companies Inc. has extended its partnership with the organization through the 2017 season. The home improvement company will remain as the primary sponsor of the No. 48 Chevrolet. “Lowe’s has a longstanding history with NASCAR and knows its fans are some of the most loyal in all of sports,” …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: How’s the Rookie Class Looking?

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Canadian Tire Motorsport Park - Day 1

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For much of the 2015 Camping World Truck Series season, the spotlight has been on rookie Erik Jones, who has been burning up the track and currently leads Matt Crafton and Tyler Reddick in the championship standings. But Jones isn’t the only rookie out there on the track; he just happens to be outshining the …

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Kyle Busch Clinches Chase Berth with 7th-Place Finish in 2015 Southern 500 at Darlington

Kyle Busch Darlington Cup Retro 2015 Mike Neff-116

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Add Kyle Busch to the list of drivers locked in to the 2015 Chase field. After missing 11 races following injuries sustained in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota returned at Charlotte with a blessing from NASCAR to win and get himself into the top …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Attempting to Pick the 2015 Champion

Michigan International Speedway - Day 1

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What do a veteran, a rookie and a sophomore driver all have in common? Easy. All three are knee-deep in what has already been one of the more entertaining championship battles in recent years. Separated by just 15 points, Erik Jones, Matt Crafton and Tyler Reddick have a combined eight wins, 26 top-five and 33 …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Juan Pablo Montoya’s Sour Grapes

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya trophy and car Credit Chris Jones

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As the laps clicked off on the IndyCar season finale from Sonoma last Sunday, I watched, wondering if anyone had a shot at using the double points available to upset Juan Pablo Montoya, who had led the standings all year. In the beginning, it looked like he would cruise to the championship by holding steady inside …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Lawsuit Against Justin Boston Highlights Problems With Pay-to-Play

2015 Martinsville I CWTS Justin Boston truck credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

When Kyle Busch Motorsports and rookie Justin Boston parted ways early last month, the 25-year-old implied the split was performance-based. While it’s not that surprising to see a rookie struggle in his first season behind the wheel in the Truck Series, Boston’s performance was nowhere near that of full-time teammate Erik Jones and part-time Daniel …

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The Racing Community Remembers Justin Wilson

2015 Pocono IndyCar Justin Wilson Zach Catanzareti

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Father, Husband, Friend, just an amazing human being. We will miss you to no end. Love to the Wilson Family. #RIPJustin — Scott Dixon (@scottdixon9) August 25, 2015 Monday evening, the racing world got the news it dreaded. Following an accident at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson succumbed to his injuries and …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 UNOH 200 at Bristol

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In a Nutshell: Rain was the big story for much of the day Wednesday, delaying practice early in the day and placing some doubt on whether drivers would even be able to qualify. But the track stayed dry until late in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP; the red flag flew with just 34 laps …

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Cole Custer Paces Final 2015 UNOH 200 Practice at Bristol

2015 Martinsville I CWTS Cole Custer truck credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Cole Custer posted the fastest lap time in the Camping World Truck Series’ final practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday. With a lap of 126.528 mph (15.165 sec.), Custer led Ryan Blaney by a slim 0.051 sec. John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five. Dalton Sargeant, who …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Series on Life Support Showing Signs of Life

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After weeks – years, even – of struggling to fill fields and dismal truck counts, this week has almost been a rebirth for NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. Over the last few years, the series has lost numerous teams and drivers, causing a reduction in grid size from 36 down to 32. Entry lists that once saw …

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Texas Motor Speedway Reveals Pre-Race Entertainment for AAA Texas 500


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Entertainment for this fall’s Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway is set. Monday morning, track officials announced Sammy Hagar and The Circle will perform the pre-race concert for November’s AAA Texas 500. The Grammy-winning “Red Rocker” along with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will headline the Loud and Proud pre-race show presented by American Ethanol. …

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