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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: MBM Motorsports

2020 Review Mbm

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Like so many other small businesses across the country, 2020 proved to be a tale of survival for Carl Long‘s MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series. MBM has to rely upon whatever purse money and sponsorship dollars they can drum up to help get them to the track. As an open team with no …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Team Penske

Josef Newgarden 2020 Indy 500 Qualifying

Josef Newgarden (Photo: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Just one year removed from a 2019 during which all three of Team Penske’s full-time NTT IndyCar Series drivers finished top five in points, the motorsports empire showed some slight cracks in its armor during a rough 2020 season. Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden contended for a title and was the team’s bright spot, finishing …

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Truck Series 2020 Year in Review

Nascar Gander Rv & Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two months since the Camping World Truck Series raced one of the most memorable seasons it will likely ever run. After running two races to open the season, the Truck Series (and basically the entire sports world) ground to a halt while questions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic …

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ARCA 2020 Year in Review

Arca Menards Series Speediatrics 150

Bret Holmes, driver of the #23 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet wins the 2020 series championship during the Speediatrics 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

For the 13th straight year, the ARCA Menards Series crowned a different champion. 23-year-old Bret Holmes took the honors, winning his first career race en route to eventually becoming the champion. Michael Self, Rookie of the Year Hailie Deegan, rookie Drew Dollar and Ty Gibbs finished second through fifth, respectively, in the championship standings. In its …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: StarCom Racing

2020 Review Starcom

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Prior to the start of the season, 2020 looked to have been a year of change, progression and optimism for the fledging StarCom Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. Instead, it was filled with controversy, disappointment and poor decisions. The single-car organization cleaned house at the end of 2019, parting ways with veteran driver Landon …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Spire Motorsports

2020 Review Spire

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When the 2021 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway in February, Spire Motorsports will be entering its third full-time season as a team in NASCAR. Yes, you heard that right. 

 Their first two years in the NASCAR atmosphere have been interesting, to say the very least. 
After the unfortunate collapse of former championship-winning …

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Xfinity Series 2020 Year in Review

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Believe it or not, nearly two months have passed since the NASCAR Xfinity Series was in action. Yes, the offseason is more than half over. Woo! Before you know it, cars will be on track for the 2021 season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where teams will spend two weeks as the series will run …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

2020 Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato leads the 2020 Indianapolis 500 field. (Photo Credit: Walt Kuhn/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing split its assets for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, threading off into two connected entities as a new decade began. The standard name banner still flew with the flagship team, but an offshoot technical partnership with Citrone/Buhl Autosport provided RLL with an additional entry in two races. Outside of Chip …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Gaunt Brothers Racing

2020 Rreview Gaunt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

How was 2020 different from any other NASCAR Cup Series season Gaunt Brothers Racing competed in since 2017? The No. 96 Toyota Camry was in the field for every race. Well, almost. Despite missing the 2020 Daytona 500 due to a devastating wreck with Ryan Blaney in the tri-oval during one of two qualifying 150-milers, …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Meyer Shank Racing

Jack Harvey

Jack Harvey before the 2020 Genesys 300. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Despite being the only single-car, single-driver team in NTT IndyCar Series competition in 2020, Meyer Shank Racing completed its fourth year in the series and first full-time schedule with solid results. Driver Jack Harvey has piloted the team’s No. 60 entry throughout its existence and retained the seat for 2020, continuing to improve both his …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Rick Ware Racing

2020 Review Ware

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It’s no secret that Rick Ware Racing doesn’t contend for wins every week, but 2020 was still a year to be celebrated for the team. Going into its fifth season of NASCAR Cup Series racing, RWR has undergone massive growth since entering the the top level of NASCAR back in 2017. At the beginning of …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Ed Carpenter Racing

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter during practice for the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, June 6, 2020 (Photo: Chris Owens)

Ed Carpenter Racing returned to its sole moniker in 2020 with one full-time NTT IndyCar Series ride and a pair of occasional cars, fielding a rookie in the former and both the team owner and a veteran racer in the latter. Downsizing from a 2019 partnership with Ferrari’s Scuderia Corsa, the only season in which …

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