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Slugger Labbe to Take RCR R&D Job; Justin Alexander Becomes Menard’s Crew Chief at Talladega

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On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced that Richard “Slugger” Labbe, crew chief of the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet driven by Paul Menard, will assume a new role in RCR’s Research and Development department. For the next two races, Labbe will continue to serve as Menard’s crew chief, but he will leave the post following …

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NTS Motorsports Loses Chicagoland Appeal

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On Wednesday, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard an appeal of the ten point penalty levied upon NTS Motorsports’ No. 20 team, in addition to the $7,500 fine and one-race suspension levied upon crew chief Chris Rice. The penalties stemmed from the No. 20 Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon in the Lucas Oil 225 at …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

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Eliminations are a big part – perhaps, save for the actual title itself, the biggest – of the Chase for the Sprint Cup from 2014 to whenever NASCAR decides to change the format again. That much is certain; watch a NASCAR commercial these days and you know full well. But as has been outlined here …

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Tony Stewart Takes Questions From Media For First Time Since Ward Incident

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On Monday morning, Tony Stewart spoke to the assembled media (writers, and cameras from multiple media outlets including FOX Sports and ESPN) for the first time since he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the wake of the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  It was also the first time that Stewart …

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Yuengling Extends Partnership With RCR; Will Make Cup Debut In 2015

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On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced that they have extended their partnership with D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc, a Pennsylvania-based beer manufacturer.  As a result, the Yuengling Light Lager brand will continue to serve as a primary sponsor of Ty Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the soon-to-be Xfinity Series.  In addition, Yuengling …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: More of the Same from ESPN; Fox Sports 1 Achieves Despite Technical Issues

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The second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup would undoubtedly bring a new feature – who’s in and who’s out – into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcasts on ESPN, and the Sylvania 300 didn’t disappoint. For those watching the race for the Chase, the addition may have been welcome, helping them pick …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Plans Full Two-Car Sprint Cup Assault For 2015

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There was a clear loser on Wednesday from Joe Gibbs Racing’s announcement that Stanley Black & Decker will sponsor Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth next season.  That loser was Richard Petty Motorsports.  Stanley Black & Decker’s Stanley and DeWalt brands shared primary sponsorship space on the No. 9 Ford for the entire season.  In addition …

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NTS Motorsports Penalized For Height Violation At Kentucky

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After Saturday night’s running of the Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, the No. 20 Rheem-sponsored Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon failed the post-race height check.  A penalty was nearly certain to be announced and NASCAR came through on Wednesday. Crew chief Chris Rice has been fined $7,500 for the height …

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Stanley Black & Decker Moves to JGR In 2015

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Wednesday that Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of hand and power tools, along with accessories, will move to the soon-to-be four car operation starting with the 2015 season.  The Stanley Tools division will serve as the primary sponsor on Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota in 12 races next season, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

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When you think of Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage on TV broadcasts, what do you think of? Coverage of the playoffs, sure, but how about the other 27 drivers racing for something other than the title? Surely you expect some coverage thrown their way, right? If the first race of the Chase, held last …

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