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Nickelodeon Announces Title Sponsorship of Kansas Speedway Night Race

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SpongeBob SquarePants will make his NASCAR return at Kansas Speedway in May. Monday afternoon, Nickelodeon announced its title sponsorship of the May 8 night race at Kansas Speedway. Dubbed the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, the race will be broadcast live on FOXSports 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. “I’m excited to partner with Nickelodeon for the SpongeBob SquarePants …

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Kurt Busch Agrees to NASCAR Reinstatement Process

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Kurt Busch has begun NASCAR’s process for reinstatement after being indefinitely suspended by the sanctioning body just days before the Daytona 500. According to a report from NBC Sports, Busch signed the agreement to NASCAR’s terms at the end of last week. NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications vice president David Higdon said there was no timetable set for Busch’s …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s XFINITY Awesomeness, Crafton’s Continuation, and More

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XFINITY: Harvick continues Atlanta Dominance; Young Guns Shine – Three straight wins seems rather wild, but Kevin Harvick has been on an unbelievable tear over the past two and a half years. Harvick won his third straight race at Atlanta, and did so in dominating fashion once again. Though Joey Logano seemingly had the strongest car throughout …

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Tracking the Trucks: Hyundai Construction Equipment 200

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In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton made a statement in the Truck Series’ return to Atlanta Motor Speedway after a two-year hiatus. He took the checkered flag 8.752 seconds ahead of Ty Dillon to win the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 Saturday evening. Crafton led twice for a race-high 85 laps en route to his first win …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: What to Watch For in Atlanta

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For the first time since 2011, the Camping World Truck Series opens its season with back-to-back races, rather than sitting dormant for about a month following the season opener. After a two-year hiatus, the Truck Series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday evening in a rare doubleheader with the XFINITY Series. XFINITY will start first …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: New Season, New Hope

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Friday night, the Camping World Truck Series comes out of its winter hibernation for the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. As with every offseason, NASCAR has made a few changes headed into this year. From new faces to rules changes, there’s plenty to catch up on ahead of Friday night’s …

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Pace Laps: Daytona Racing and Wrecking

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Sprint Cup: Gordon’s Farewell Begins; Qualifying Questioned: Jeff Gordon earned the pole position for the Daytona 500 next weekend in what amounts to a dramatic beginning to a final full-time season.  Doing so just means that Gordon further cements himself as one of the all-time greats, notching his 78th pole start.  Though his accomplishment might not …

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Jeff Gordon Fastest in Final Sprint Unlimited Practice

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Just 14 of the 25 cars racing the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night logged laps in the final practice session for tomorrow night’s Sprint Unlimited. Jeff Gordon, who will run his final Daytona 500 next weekend, posted the fastest speed with a 45.740 sec. (196.764 mph) lap. Denny Hamlin was second quickest, followed by teammate Kyle Busch. …

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Kurt Busch Paces First Sprint Unlimited Practice

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The first of two practice sessions for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited completed just moments ago at Daytona International Speedway. Kurt Busch, who was the only driver to crack the 200 mph mark in the draft, ran 23 circuits and paced the field with a fast lap of 44.832 sec. (200.749 mph). Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. came in …

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Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne Lead Sprint Unlimited Lineup

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The field for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited is official. Select fans were paired with crew chiefs for the drivers entered in the race for the random draw on Friday afternoon. Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne will start on the front row. Defending Unlimited winner Denny Hamlin will start ninth. Drivers will compete for 75 laps with …

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Pace Laps: Cars, Drivers, And Rookies Come Sharply Into Focus

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Sprint Cup: A Burton Still Walks Among Us – NASCAR is a sport built on families, famous siblings and their sons carrying us through racing generations. Petty. Earnhardt. Elliott. Even Pearson and Bodine. It’s a seamless transition of success that jolts us when it reaches an end. That makes Monday’s pending announcement of Jeb Burton’s …

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Chase Elliott to Run Sprint Cup Full-Time in 2016

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Just one day before his father is inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Hendrick Motorsports confirmed the speculation that Chase Elliott will run full-time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016. The defending XFINITY Series champion will take over the No. 24 Chevrolet after Jeff Gordon completes his final season of full-time competition in …

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