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Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t often address the media at events.  However, he likes to come to Daytona International Speedway each year and give an update on NASCAR.  France’s State of the Sport address has since become an annual part of the Coke Zero 400 weekend. On Saturday, France did not make any …

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Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Rain Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In NASCAR, restrictor plate races, even under ideal circumstances, are quite unpredictable. The draft allows almost anyone that can spark their engine and afford tires ($2000 a set these days) a chance to win if they can play their cards right. But, all plate races are not the same. Even with the repave prior to the …

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Coke Zero 400 Postponed to 11 AM Sunday

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Rain Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway dawned warm and sunny.  Unfortunately, the thunderstorms first showed up at the track around 1:30 in the afternoon.  Lightning struck close to the track, forcing many of the activities for fans in the Midway to shut down prematurely. The rains eventually stopped, but rain clouds were never all that …

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Haas Automation to Sponsor Scuderia Ferrari

Haas Automation announced early on Thursday morning that they have entered into a partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, effective immediately.  As a result of the partnership, Oxnard, California-based HAAS Automation’s logos will be placed on the lower side pods of Ferrari’s F 14 T’s driven by Fernando Alonso (No. 14) and Kimi Räikkönen (No. 7) starting …

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Menard Crashes in New Hamphire Test

2014 Sonoma Cup Paul Menard Car Cia

This week, Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing spent Tuesday and Wednesday testing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ahead of July 12th’s Camping World RV Sales 301. For most of the drivers, the test went fine. However, Paul Menard wasn’t so lucky. NASCAR.com is reporting that late in Wednesday’s session on track, Menard spun …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

2014 Kentucky Cwts Kyle Busch Bow Ii Cia

Toyota has stood the Camping World Truck Series on its ear thus far in 2014, going 10 for 10 in race wins. Kyle Busch Motorsports has authored 9 of those 10 races.

All three NASCAR series hit Kentucky Speedway for a weekend under the lights. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck series broadcasts were marred by problematic winners and other issues ranging minor to major, while the big one — the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series — had its usual issues typified by TNT’s …

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Keselowski Injures Hand in Victory Lane; Good to Go for Daytona

2014 Kentucky Cup Brad Keselowski Trophy Cia

Credit - CIA Stock Photography

Brad Keselowski may have been a tough out on the track in Kentucky, but he was no match for a champagne bottle.  During the Victory Lane celebrations Saturday night after Keselowski’s victory in the Quaker State 400, a champagne bottle exploded after apparently striking a podium.  Shards from the bottle sliced Keselowski’s right hand, drawing …

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