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Kyle Larson Tops Track Record For XFINITY Bristol Pole

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

With a track-record speed of 127.988 mph, Kyle Larson will start from pole in Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 from Bristol Motor Speedway. The pole is the second of his XFINITY Series career and first since 2014 “Happy to get the pole here,” Larson said. “Hopefully get race in today, the forecast looks bad but …

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Kyle Busch Leads Saturday Morning Cup Practice at Bristol

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/ NKP)

Kyle Busch led the way in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The five-time track winner sped around the half-mile in 14.890 seconds (128.865 mph) to top the quickest time of the weekend. Erik Jones, who won opening practice on Friday, ended second quickest in his No. 77 Toyota followed …

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Justin Allgaier Leads XFINITY Bristol Practice

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

With a topsy-turvy schedule for NASCAR’s action at Bristol Motor Speedway, the day wasn’t all bad for Justin Allgaier, as the No. 7 driver led the way in lone practice for the XFINITY Series. At a lap time of 15.422 seconds (124.420 mph) Allgaier beat second-place Erik Jones by 0.087 for the top spot. Kyle …

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Jimmie Johnson Silences Doubters with Texas Victory

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Jimmie Johnson is back. After a tough beginning to the 2017 season in Hendrick Motorsports terms, Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway saw a return to Victory Lane for Johnson, who earns his seventh win at the 1.5-mile track. With only one top-10 in the opening six races, the victory punches the …

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Kevin Harvick Wins First Cup Pole in Texas

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Sweeping all three rounds, it was a perfect qualifying day for Kevin Harvick. Especially the final session, where Harvick ripped around the 1.5-mile Texas track in 27.217 seconds [198.405 mph] to win the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. It is the 19th pole of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career, first at Texas …

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Ryan Blaney Leads Troublesome Texas Practice

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This new Texas Motor Speedway surface was kind to Ryan Blaney. The No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford led the way in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session on the reprofiled 1.5-mile track. The second-year driver ripped around the fresh track in 27.809 seconds [194.182 mph]. Behind him was a surprise face …

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Brad Keselowski Wins a Wild One in Martinsville

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Nobody seemed to want to lead Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. But when it came down to the final laps, Brad Keselowski took it and kept it to win the STP 500. The victory, his second of the season, is Keselowski’s first at Martinsville and 23rd of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. “We’ve ran …

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Jamie McMurray Cuts Tire, Crashes out Early in Martinsville

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway went from good, bad to terrible for Jamie McMurray. Starting sixth, McMurray drove up to the second spot before losing a couple spots before the first caution on Lap 70. The ensuing restart saw McMurray get hit by Jimmie Johnson after a three-wide move by Ryan Blaney. And within …

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NASCAR Champion Sam Ard Passes Away

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR started their raceday at Martinsville Speedway mourning the death of Sam Ard, who passed away Sunday morning at the age of 78. Ard, who won five times at the Virginia half-mile, also scored two championships in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1983 and ’84. Ard’s national NASCAR career may have been …

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