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NASCAR Holds Chase Across North America Tour to Promote Chase

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On Wednesday, the 16 drivers who qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup were dispatched all over the continent in order to help promote the upcoming 10-race battle.  For the first time, locations outside of the United States were chosen for drivers to travel to.  Jeff Gordon spent his day in Toronto, while Carl …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Signs ditech to Associate Sponsorship Deal for Kevin Harvick

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Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday that they have signed Ditech Mortgage Corp. to serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 4 Chevrolets driven by Kevin Harvick. The deal is a multi-year deal that begins immediately. DT Holdings (parent company of ditech) President Patti Cook is very happy to be associated with NASCAR and Stewart-Haas …

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Daniel Suarez to Race for RAB Racing at Chicagoland, Venturini Motorsports in Kentucky ARCA Race

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On Wednesday, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard officially announced that current NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series points leader Daniel Suarez will be in the team’s No. 29 Toyota for this weekend’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.  Provided that he qualifies on speed, Suarez would be making his second start in the series. Suarez …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

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The Chase was the name of the game last weekend, which is probably how things should be. After all, regardless of one’s opinion of NASCAR’s playoffs, it’s certainly the focal point of the next 10 races, meaning the lead-in is just as important when it comes to determining who gets to play and who’s left …

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Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Silence on National Guard Sponsorship Situation

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Back on Aug. 6, the National Guard announced that due to budget cuts in their marketing division, they would be leaving motorsports at the end of 2014.  The cuts affect both Hendrick Motorsports‘ No. 88 team in the Sprint Cup Series and Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s No. 15 team in the Verizon IndyCar Series.  At the …

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Haas Chooses Ferrari as Engine Supplier for Formula 1

On Wednesday morning, the newly-renamed Haas F1 Team announced their power unit supplier for their 2016 entry into the Formula One World Championship.  Based on previous press releases from the team, it is not much of a surprise. Haas F1 Team announced that Scuderia Ferrari will serve as a technical partner to the new outfit.  …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

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Tony Stewart: one of the year’s biggest stories across NASCAR, not just his Sprint Cup home base. Smoke’s story has permeated not just stock car racing coverage, dominating chatter with the usual suspects but mainstream media as a whole. It’s a phenomenon that shows no signs of stopping, even though in some areas it should… …

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Chaos Reigns at Turner Scott Motorsports? UPDATE: Harry Scott, Jr. Releases Statement

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On Wednesday afternoon, reports surfaced stating that Turner Scott Motorsports will shut down their Camping World Truck Series operations, effective immediately.  The organization’s three Truck teams were en route to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for this weekend’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the time that the news became public. As the team has not officially commented …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

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This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but don’t be looking for the latter here. I will be covering the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Zloop later this week in the Critic’s Annex, along with the ARCA race from …

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Watkins Glen Looking at Safety Upgrades in Wake of Huge Crash

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In an interview with FOX Sports’ Jay Pennell, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup noted that the track is looking at potential safety improvements in the wake of the huge crash involving Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell that red flagged the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen for 90 minutes.  However, figuring out what those changes …

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Stewart Officially Out for Bristol; Jeff Burton Will Sub Again

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On Wednesday afternoon, Stewart-Haas Racing made another announcement pertaining the status of driver and co-owner Tony Stewart.  Earlier this week, unofficial reports had been put out indicating that Stewart would not be in Bristol, but they were just that, unofficial.  Stewart-Haas Racing officially confirmed those reports. Stewart will not be in the No. 14 Bass …

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