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Brian Vickers Cleared to Return at Las Vegas, Still Eligible for Chase

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On Wednesday, Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) announced that Brian Vickers has officially been cleared to return to the driver’s seat starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.  He will miss the first two races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season while he continues to recover from a surgical procedure on his heart back in December. …

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Rico Abreu to Race Full-Time in K&N Pro Series East in 2015

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Quick on the heels of his victory in the A-Main of Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Tuesday morning brought the very beginning of a new chapter in Rico Abreu‘s racing career.  HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks announced that the 22-year old sprint car ace will drive one of the team’s five full-time …

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Kurt Busch Testifies in Hearing, Denies Allegations, Claims Ex-Girlfriend is Assassin

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On Monday, Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch was back in Dover, Delaware to attend the third day of hearings at Kent County Family Court in regards to the no-contact protective order that ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is currently seeking against Busch.  Busch took the stand in order to once again give his side of the story. …

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Jordan Taylor, Wayne Taylor Racing Pace Roar Before the 24

Last weekend, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) held their annual Roar Before the 24, a three-day test session for teams in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ahead of the season openers for both series.  The status quo appears to have been upheld in TUSC, but just barely. Overall, …

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Fifty-Plus Racing Suffers Major Crash at The Roar Before the 24

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On Saturday morning, the No. 50 BMW Riley DPG3 driven by Byron DeFoor for Fifty Plus Racing suffered a massive crash in the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway while testing for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.  An official from Continental Tire told SportsCar365.com that DeFoor suffered from a complete loss of right rear tire …

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Roush Fenway Racing Announces 2015 Crew Chief Lineup

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On Tuesday morning, Roush Fenway Racing announced the driver-crew chief pairings for their three full-time Sprint Cup and four full-time XFINITY Series teams.  The organization will have a combination of brand new and familiar atop their pit boxes. Starting on the Sprint Cup side of the organization, Greg Biffle will once again have Matt Puccia …

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McClure Moves to JGL Racing for 2015

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On Monday morning, Team McClure Inc. announced that Eric McClure will leave TriStar Motorsports and move over to JGL Racing for the 2015 XFINITY Series season.  McClure is bringing primary sponsorship with him from Hefty and Reynolds Wrap for 25 races at minimum. continuing a long-term relationship between the company and the Virginian racer.  JGL Racing is continuing to …

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Dr. Jerry Punch to Remain at ESPN

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On Monday morning, ESPN announced that longtime on-air personality Dr. Jerry Punch has signed a new contract that will see him remain with the Connecticut-based cable network for years to come.  As part of the deal, Punch’s duties will involve play-by-play on college basketball and college football games, in addition to pit reporting duties for …

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Turner Scott Motorsports Morphs Into Two Joint Ventures

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It appears that the spat between Harry Scott, Jr. and Steve Turner that threw much of the 2014 season up in the air is now over.  Turner is now out of the picture, but Scott still needed some cooperation in order to continue running the operation. In two separate announcements on Thursday, the future of …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Hires “T-Rex” Creator Rex Stump as Technical Director

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Stewart-Haas Racing has announced the signing of “Rex” Stump, a new hire assigned to the position of Technical Director for their successful four-car Sprint Cup team.  In his new role, Stump will oversee the building of race cars and technical developments within the organization, working with the Nos. 4, 10, 14, and 41 crews directly.  …

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