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Beyond the Cockpit: Alex Bowman New Teams and New Tricks

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Alex Bowman is embarking on his second full season in the Cup series. The 21-year-old driver will pilot the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. After starting out in Quarter Midgets in his formative years, he has been in the full-bodied stock car world for the last five years. Bowman finished sixth in points in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

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Who’s In The Headline – Matt Kenseth added another notch to his Daytona belt. The two-time 500 champ wrestled the lead away from Martin Truex Jr. on lap 56 and took control of NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition race, the Sprint Unlimited. Kenseth did his best rolling chicane maneuvers over the final 19 circuits of the event, successfully …

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Grant Enfinger Goes Back-to-Back at Daytona

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Grant Enfinger has long been known as a short track ace in the racing world. Last year he broke into the win category on dirt and restrictor plate tracks with a victory in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway. That win propelled Enfinger to a blazing start to the 2014 season that included …

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2015 Daytona 500 Pre-Qualifying Practice

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Pre-qualifying practice for the Daytona 500 is in the books. Two sessions took place at Daytona International Speedway Saturday on Saturday with 48 of the 49 cars entered for the 500 taking times in the first session. 42 cars were on track later in the second session. Overall, Ricky Stenhouse …

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Tech Talk with “Bono” Manion – NASCAR Offseason Prep Begins

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2015 is going to be a very intensive year for crews, crew chiefs and especially engineers with the implementation of tapered spacers and reduced downforce in the Cup series. For a smaller team like Tommy Baldwin Racing, the challenge is even greater as areas for experimentation and research have to be prioritized due to limited …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Homestead – Cup Championship – A Cup Full of Budweiser

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Key Moment – On the 11th caution flag of the night, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers called for a four tire pit stop with 29 cars on the lead lap. When stops were completed Harvick was in 12th position. A quick caution afterwards allowed Harvick to restart in the sixth position. In a Nutshell …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix Chase Race 9 – And Then There Were Four

2014 Phoenix Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Burnout Cia

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Key Moments – Denny Hamlin was a lap down more than once in the race thanks to a flat tire and a two tire stop that resulted in his car being less than competitive with the faster cars. Hamlin was granted the Lucky Dog under the third and seventh cautions of the race. The No. 11 …

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