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Pace Laps: Heartbreaking Losses and Replacement Drivers

Juan Pablo Montoya on track at Sonoma (credit: IndyCar)

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IndyCar: Montoya Critical of Himself, INDYCAR Following Championship Loss – 1.179 seconds. That’s all that separated Juan Pablo Montoya from a Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Montoya, who led the points from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, lost the championship in a tiebreaker to four-time champion Scott Dixon following a sixth-place finish …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Lawsuit Against Justin Boston Highlights Problems With Pay-to-Play

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Justin Boston Truck Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

When Kyle Busch Motorsports and rookie Justin Boston parted ways early last month, the 25-year-old implied the split was performance-based. While it’s not that surprising to see a rookie struggle in his first season behind the wheel in the Truck Series, Boston’s performance was nowhere near that of full-time teammate Erik Jones and part-time Daniel …

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The Racing Community Remembers Justin Wilson

2015 Pocono Indycar Justin Wilson Zach Catanzareti

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Father, Husband, Friend, just an amazing human being. We will miss you to no end. Love to the Wilson Family. #RIPJustin — Scott Dixon (@scottdixon9) August 25, 2015 Monday evening, the racing world got the news it dreaded. Following an accident at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson succumbed to his injuries and …

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Pace Laps: Racers Rally Around Justin Wilson

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IndyCar: Racing Community Rallies in Support Following Wilson Injury – The racing community is as vast and all-encompassing as any organization in the world, but few groups are as close in times of controversy. Following Justin Wilson’s accident at Pocono Raceway, one that left him hospitalized in a coma, as announced by INDYCAR, racers worldwide …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 UNOH 200 at Bristol

2015 Cwts Bristol Ryan Blaney Team Burnout Woohoo Cia

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In a Nutshell: Rain was the big story for much of the day Wednesday, delaying practice early in the day and placing some doubt on whether drivers would even be able to qualify. But the track stayed dry until late in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP; the red flag flew with just 34 laps …

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Cole Custer Paces Final 2015 UNOH 200 Practice at Bristol

2015 Martinsville I Cwts Cole Custer Truck Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Cole Custer posted the fastest lap time in the Camping World Truck Series’ final practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday. With a lap of 126.528 mph (15.165 sec.), Custer led Ryan Blaney by a slim 0.051 sec. John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five. Dalton Sargeant, who …

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Pace Laps: Using the Bumper & Short Track Excursions

Lyle larson leads a pack of cars during the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Sprint Cup Series: What A Drag – Michigan’s high-drag package was dragged down by poor reviews from the start. Drivers complained openly leading into the weekend that passing was problematic; loose conditions getting behind another driver bogged them down aerodynamically and left everyone running in place. Still, NASCAR thought the many grooves of Michigan International …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Series on Life Support Showing Signs of Life

2014 Michigan Ii Cwts Ryan Blaney Jason White Racing Cia

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After weeks – years, even – of struggling to fill fields and dismal truck counts, this week has almost been a rebirth for NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. Over the last few years, the series has lost numerous teams and drivers, causing a reduction in grid size from 36 down to 32. Entry lists that once saw …

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Texas Motor Speedway Reveals Pre-Race Entertainment for AAA Texas 500

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Entertainment for this fall’s Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway is set. Monday morning, track officials announced Sammy Hagar and The Circle will perform the pre-race concert for November’s AAA Texas 500. The Grammy-winning “Red Rocker” along with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will headline the Loud and Proud pre-race show presented by American Ethanol. …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Ryan Ellis Making His Mark

2014 Texas Ii Cwts Max Gresham Ryan Ellis Vertical Cia

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Camping World Truck Series driver Ryan Ellis is a man of many talents. From the obvious behind the wheel to spotting and even marketing and sponsorship conversations, the 25-year-old has set out to make a name for himself in NASCAR, and he’s doing it by snapping up every opportunity that comes his way. In fact, …

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Pace Laps: Wild Races, Crazy Spins, and Speed Records

2015 Pocono Cup Kasey Kahne Car Cia

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Cup Series: Unexpected Wild Race at Pocono Leads to Victory for Matt Kenseth – It was quite the 400 miles at Pocono Raceway. With wrecks filling the first half of the race, the second half seemed like it would get even more wild. However, the field set a steady pace for the final 80 laps, …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora

Nascar Camping World Truck Series 1 800 Car Cash Mud Summer Classic At Eldora Speedway

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In a Nutshell: Dirt slinging, tires sliding, sheetmetal flying. It’s everything you ever wanted from a dirt race in NASCAR. Christopher Bell survived a flurry of cautions, including two in the final 12 laps, to take the win in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway Wednesday night. Bell emerged victorious in a green-white-checkered …

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