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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

Jeff Gordon leads a pack of cars in the 2014 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen, NY

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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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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

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All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in …

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Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

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On Wednesday, Furniture Row Racing announced that driver Martin Truex, Jr. will sit out practice and qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.  Truex’s girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and Truex is planning to stay back in North Carolina in order to spend more time with her. In Truex’s absence, defending …

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Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Team Penalized for Bean Bags

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Kevin Harvick during All-Star Qualifying in May / (C)Yvonne Leopard/Frontstretch.com

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced penalties to Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet team, driven by Kevin Harvick.  The incident stems from bean bags getting into the footwell of the car in the first couple of laps of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen. Those bean bags, used to help set up the car when the driver …

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Mars, Incorporated Re-signs with Joe Gibbs Racing

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Early Wednesday morning, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mars, Incorporated has signed a new multi-year contract that will see their M&M’s brand remain as the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.  In addition, Mars, Incorporated also re-upped with NASCAR as well.  As a result, Mars, Incorporated candies will continue be known as the …

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