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2015 MyAfibRisk.com 400 Qualifying at Chicagoland Cancelled, Kevin Harvick on Pole

2015 Atlanta CUP Kevin Harvick credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Thunderstorms descended upon the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in the late afternoon on Friday. The heavy rains, thunder and lightning ultimately forced NASCAR to cancel Sprint Cup qualifying. When qualifying is cancelled, NASCAR has a series of rules that determine the starting grid, based upon how much track activity occurred prior to the rainout. Since the …

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Kevin Harvick Fastest in Opening 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 Practice at Chicagoland

2015 Loudon I CUP Kevin Harvick car CIA

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Gray skies greeted the 46 Sprint Cup teams gathered at Chicagoland Speedway when the green flag fell on 85 minutes of practice. The original grandmaster plan for the session was to get a little race practice and some qualifying practice as well.  However, the weather forecast forced teams to go out and do mock qualifying …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Cindric, a Young Jack of Trades

2015 Lime Rock CTSC Austin Cindric Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

When you were 17 years old, what were you doing? For most people, they would have been going to school, trying to get good grades. Maybe thinking about college in the near future. Oh yes, and getting a driver’s license so that you can drive yourself around town. They might also have a part-time job …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How TV Tries To Keep Richmond Relevant

The sun sets over the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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Before we start, I should explain something really quick. I’m not a fan of the Chase. I don’t like the way the champion is determined. I don’t like the idea that Kyle Busch is even eligible for this Chase. I know ISC (and by extension, NASCAR) felt responsible for Busch’s injury, hence the waiver. In …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Throwback Darlington Announcers Big Hit For NBC

2015 Darlington CUP Mike Helton Kevin Harvick CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

It’s Labor Day Weekend, folks. With NASCAR’s scheduling move for 2015, you know that means. 90-degree weather, humidity and Darlington. Yes, it was a throwback weekend at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. From what I can tell, the response was quite positive. There were more butts in the seats Sunday night, and the new package created …

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Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski Lead 2015 Southern 500 Practices

Greg Biffle Darlington Cup Retro 2015 Mike Neff-083

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Friday afternoon saw the Sprint Cup teams on-track for nearly four hours to test the low-downforce rules package and new softer tires. NASCAR considers Friday’s sessions to be both practice sessions and open tests. As a result, some of the normal rules of a race weekend did not apply. For example, teams were allowed to …

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Sprint Cup Veterans Dominate 2015 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Practice at Darlington

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Friday saw the Xfinity Series take to the 1.366-mile oval for two practice sessions. Unlike Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500, the VFW Help a Hero Sport Clips 200 on Saturday will be run in the heat of the day. As a result, being able to handle and be fast with the hot sun blaring down on …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Standalone Road Races Show Deficiencies

NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers take the green flag at Road America August 29, 2015

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Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series took the week off to relax, vacation, and in the case of Chad Knaus and Matt DiBenedetto, get hitched. Meanwhile, the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series dealt with the twisties. Before we started, NBCSN’s Robin Miller did the voiceover on this tribute to Justin Wilson that aired on …

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Paul Menard Quickest in 2015 Road America 180 Happy Hour

2015 Road America Paul Menard car NXS credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Friday afternoon’s final practice session at Road America for the Xfinity Series was marred by the threat of rain. While the full-blown rainstorm did not materialize until after the session ended, sprinkles of varying intensity pelted down on the track for much of the session. The track was more or less dry, but the curbs …

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Ben Rhodes Fastest in Opening 2015 Road America 180 Practice

2015 Watkins Glen NXS Ben Rhodes car CIA

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Friday afternoon saw the Xfinity teams take to the 4.048-mile Road America circuit for two 90-minute practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville. The forecast for both Friday and Saturday calls for a 50 percent chance of rain, so everyone tried to put their best foot forward as quickly …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Tragic Situation For NBCSN, NASCAR, IndyCar

2015 Bristol II CUP fans CIA

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Greetings, fans. Last weekend started off pretty well with a couple of decent races at Bristol. Sunday afternoon was pretty much the best possible setup for race fans with no Cup race in play. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Verizon IndyCar Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards were all in action at the …

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Brandon Jones Fastest in 1st 2015 UNOH 200 Practice at Bristol

2015 Martinsville I CWTS Brandon Jones truck credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

On Tuesday afternoon, the Camping World Truck Series held their opening practice session for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP. The 37 teams present at the .533-mile concrete oval were scheduled for nearly three hours of track time in what amounted to an open test. That time was partially cut due to rain. Regardless, …

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