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Ratings Increase Substantially For Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 Qualifying

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On Tuesday, overnight ratings were released for FOX’s broadcast of Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited.  The network heads were likely quite pleased that their telecast averaged a 3.2 rating for the night, up 78 percent from the 1.8 that the race received last year on FOX Sports 1.  Also, according to TV by the Numbers, the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Clams Up When Drivers Cry Out On NASCAR Qualifying

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I take it that you heard the rumbling sound coming out of your speakers this past weekend. That’s right; NASCAR is back, and not a moment too soon. The offseason always seems interminable. As I stated last week, 2015 will look relatively similar to 2014 here in Couch Potato Tuesday, but with some changes. For …

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Bobby Gerhart Fastest in Opening Daytona ARCA Practice

On Thursday afternoon, ARCA held their first official practice session of the season at Daytona International Speedway ahead of Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone.  With group qualifying on tap for Friday, outright speed was not necessarily the main goal of practice.  Being able to pick up those ahead of you was more important.  …

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RaceBuddy Available for All Sprint Cup Races for First Time

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced 2015 plans for RaceBuddy, the official online compliment to NASCAR’s TV coverage for the past six seasons.  The new TV deal that begins at Daytona will result in NASCAR expanding the service to include coverage of every Sprint Cup race on the schedule for the very first time.  NASCAR’s press release …

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Ryan Sieg, Uncle Bob’s Announce 16-Race Sponsorship Deal

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Early Wednesday morning, Georgia-based RSS Racing announced that it has re-signed with Uncle Bob’s Self Storage to a deal that will see the Buffalo-based chain of self storage facilities serve as the primary sponsor of Ryan Sieg‘s No. 39 Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series for 16 races. The press release did not reference which 16 …

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NTS Motorsports Announces 2015 Lineup, Daniel Hemric to Compete in Trucks Full-Time

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On Monday, NTS Motorsports announced their 2015 driver lineup.  The team will field two full-time entries in the Camping World Truck Series, along with one part-time truck.  There will also be one full-time entry in the K&N Pro Series East and a late model team in the Spears SRL Southwest Series.  Finally, there will be …

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Reed Sorenson to Attempt Daytona 500 for Team Xtreme Racing

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On Monday, Team Xtreme Racing (formerly Xxxtreme Motorsports) announced the signing of Reed Sorenson to drive the team’s No. 44 Chevrolet at Daytona.  Sponsorship will be provided by Golden Corral in a one-race deal. Team owner Jonathan Cohen is excited to have Sorenson in the fold. “The 44 team has been hard at work over …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX Freshens Up For 2015

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Editor’s Note: Phil Allaway’s racing TV Critique column returns this season. Catch it on Frontstretch every Tuesday. Here we go once again, as another long season of racing is about to kick into gear. Yes, we’ve already had events like the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Chili Bowl in Tulsa. However, those races are …

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Johnny Sauter to Drive for BK Racing in Daytona 500

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On Saturday, BK Racing announced that Camping World Truck Series regular Johnny Sauter will drive the No. 83 Toyota in the Daytona 500.  Sauter will officially replace JJ Yeley, who moves over to the team’s No. 23 entry for the full season, replacing Alex Bowman.  Sponsorship will be provided by Dustless Blasting, part of a …

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NASCAR Issues Rule Bulletin to All National Series Teams

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On Monday, NASCAR issued a series of rule bulletins to teams competing in NASCAR’s three National Series (Sprint Cup, XFINITY and the Camping World Truck Series) that help clarify regulations for the upcoming 2015 season. According to NBC Sports’ MotorSportsTalk, the most severe penalty included in the rule is that breaching the new testing ban …

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