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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Madison

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Venturini Motorsports’ No. 15 called it a “serious ass-whuppin” when the checkered flag flew Friday night at Madison International Speedway, and that’s exactly what it was. After winning his fourth ARCA Racing Series pole in as many starts, besting the field by three tenths of a second, 15-year-old Chandler Smith finally scored his first career …

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Teddy Roosevelt and Stock Car Racing: A Corollary

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Teddy Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200 at Pocono

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It doesn’t matter if it’s points-leading regular drivers or part-time entrants, MDM Motorsports has turned the ARCA Racing Series into its playground in 2018. For the second consecutive race, the organization’s No. 12 car visited Victory Lane, this time with Harrison Burton at Pocono. Burton, making his superspeedway debut, capitalized after Noah Gragson, who dominated …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Brandon Jones Triumphant in Series Return to Charlotte

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XFINITY Series regular Brandon Jones narrowly held off a hard-charging Riley Herbst, capping a night of dominance by NASCAR regulars in ARCA’s first race on NASCAR’s home track since 2004. Jones led from the final restart of the race with seven laps to go, driving off from Sheldon Creed and polesitter Todd Gilliland, who led …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Menard’s 200 at Toledo

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The fans in attendance for Sunday’s ARCA race at Toledo Speedway could be forgiven if they weren’t sure at any point what lap they were watching. And not just because of a blown transformer on Benore Road that left the track without a working scoreboard. Rather, Zane Smith, who stormed to victory over teammate Chase …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR’s All-Star Race Aerodynamic Experiment

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's and #19: Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry ARRIS Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: All-Star Race Package Shows Promise Typically, the All-Star Race held a week ahead of the longest event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, turns into a glorified test session for teams preparing for the Coca-Cola 600. The result is often lackluster action that ultimately fails to live up …

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2018 NASCAR Next Class Announced

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The 2018 NASCAR Next class was announced on Tuesday afternoon, featuring nine drivers in the developmental ranks of NASCAR who are looking to take the next step in their racing careers. Anthony Alfredo, Hailee Deegan, Riley Herbst, Derek Kraus, Chase Purdy, Will Rodgers, Zane Smith, Tanner Thorson and Ryan Vargas make up the nine-driver class. …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Who’s Zooming Who?

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Most of us were caught off guard Friday by the news NASCAR had acquired the ARCA racing series. At first glance, the merger of the two series seems ill-considered, with at least one NASCAR team owner (Rob Kauffman) even hinting he felt the RTA should investigate if the move gives NASCAR a monopoly in stock …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200

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Just like ARCA’s first plate race of 2018, Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega took multiple green-white-checkers to decide. The only difference this time… the finish was much closer. The closest in ARCA history for that matter. After spending nearly the entire 2.66-mile final lap leaning on each other, it was Zane Smith that emerged …

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