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Formula 1 Postpones Bahrain, Vietnam; Season Now Starting in May

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Nico Rosberg at the Bahrain GP (credit: Getty Images)

After the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix and yesterday’s cancellation of the grand prix in Australia, Formula 1 has also postponed the Bahrain and Vietnam grand prix, the organization announced Friday, March 13. As a result, the F1 season is currently tentatively scheduled to begin in May. “Following the announcement of the Australian Grand …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the Drivers Participating in the Kyle Busch Truck Series Bounty (So Far)

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This weekend’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race marks the first event at which drivers can potentially claim the $100,000 bounty on Kyle Busch set by Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis. For those who need a refresher: the bounty applies to full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers racing in the upcoming …

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Homestead-Miami NASCAR Races May Be Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

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The March 22 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway may be postponed due to concerns around COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, Miami-Dade County officials announced Thursday, March 12. The county’s mayor, Carlos Gimenez, issued a statement Thursday announcing that the county is under a state of emergency. “Although we do not have community spread …

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McLaren Withdraws from Formula 1 Season Opener After Positive Coronavirus Test

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McLaren will not compete in the season-opening Formula 1 race, the Australian Grand Prix, after one of its team members tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday, March 12. “The team has prepared for this eventuality and has ongoing support in place for its employee who will now enter a period of quarantine,” the …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Debuts Off to Strongest Start in 6 Years

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The NASCAR Cup Series has a variety of rookies and newcomers counted as part of its ranks in 2020, but it’s not the only national series experiencing an influx of new blood. In the first three races of the Xfinity Series season alone, each event has featured at least one driver making his debut. And …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers With Starts in Parts of 4 (or More) Decades

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With the 2020 NASCAR season now underway, any driver who competed at Daytona International Speedway last weekend can officially say they’ve competed in a NASCAR race in the 2020s. This season marks the first in a new decade for NASCAR, officially leaving the 2010s in the dust. The ’10s saw a sizable number of drivers …

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Ross Chastain Filling In for Ryan Newman in Cup Series

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Ross Chastain will drive the No. 6 in the NASCAR Cup Series in place of Ryan Newman beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday, Feb. 19. “First and foremost, our focus remains with Ryan and his family as he continues to recover,” Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said in …

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Ryan Newman Awake, Speaking Day After Daytona Crash

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Ryan Newman is awake and speaking to doctors at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., following his last-lap crash in Monday’s (Feb. 17) Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday, Feb. 18. The update is the first that confirms Newman is awake, after previous reports that he had been transported to the hospital in …

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NASCAR 101: Keeping Up With 2020 NASCAR Driver Changes

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Another busy offseason has come to a close. Let’s see what it’s wrought this time around. After kicking off the season with this column in 2018 and 2019, we’re back yet again to try to provide some clarity on the driver and team changes that occurred in NASCAR’s three national series (the NASCAR Cup Series, …

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William Byron, Axalta Extend Sponsorship Through 2027

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Axalta is remaining with Hendrick Motorsports for the foreseeable future. The company announced an extension with Hendrick through 2027 on Monday, Feb. 10. It currently sponsors William Byron and the No. 24 in the NASCAR Cup Series. The extension will take hold next year, when Axalta will sponsor Byron’s No. 24 in 14 races as …

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Brennan Poole, On Point Teaming for Daytona Truck Race

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Though he’s moved into the NASCAR Cup Series full time in 2020 as a rookie, Brennan Poole will still race at least once for his old team, On Point Motorsports, this year. Poole will drive the team’s No. 30 in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway this Friday, the …

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Black’s Tire Sponsoring Todd Gilliland in Truck Series

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Todd Gilliland’s newly formed No. 38 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team with DGR-Crosley and Front Row Motorsports has picked up sponsorship familiar to the Gilliland family. Black’s Tire will sponsor the No. 38 in four races during the 2020 season, beginning at Daytona International Speedway next week, the team announced Wednesday, Feb. …

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