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Beyond the Cockpit: Michael McDowell Building Momentum for ‘Big Jump’ in 2017

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Start-and-parking, battling for sponsorship and fighting for recognition. Following years of struggle in the Sprint Cup Series, Michael McDowell has finally been able to say the word progress, as he and the No. 95 Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing team have topped their career-best numbers in the latter half of …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Brian Scott on Why He Retired from NASCAR

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Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway will see more than one driver stepping away from full-time Sprint Cup Series competition. Along with Tony Stewart’s well-documented retirement from Cup racing, Brian Scott will also take the green for the final time, hanging up his helmet to focus on his family. 2016 has …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Jeffrey Earnhardt Explains Why Late Grandfather is His ‘Superhero’

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Jeffrey Earnhardt is full of character – and it isn’t just because his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, was called The Intimidator. Indeed, deep beneath the largest shadow in the competitive world of NASCAR stands a guy who wants to earn it the hard way. Despite having a name that will turn …

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Beyond The Cockpit: Michael Annett Trying to Prove Himself on the Track

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Michael Annett is in his third full Sprint Cup season, the second for HScott Motorsports. Admittedly so, 2016 has been one of the toughest years on the Iowa native since coming to NASCAR. Before heading to Daytona in February, Annett had aspirations of performing better than 2015. The organization had …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Mike Bugarewicz Guiding Tony Stewart in Final Chase Run

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NKP)

Mike Bugarewicz’s career as a crew chief in NASCAR’s premier division was one that got off to a distinctive start. The longtime engineer was named three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s crew chief for his final full-time season heading into 2016. However, after Stewart was injured over the off-season …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Richmond’s Dennis Bickmeier Implementing Fresh Ideas

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Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier is on a mission to make fans enjoy race weekends as much as possible. The man who took over operations at the 3/4-mile track in 2011 has since spearheaded an effort that makes fans the VIPs during its two NASCAR weekends. As Bickmeier, who formerly …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Mikhail Aleshin Had No Second Thoughts of Racing in U.S.

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When Ryan Hunter-Reay sat in disbelief when asked about Mikhail Aleshin‘s comeback from a season-ending crash at Auto Club Speedway in 2014, Aleshin replied with a statement that runs deep in his racing background: “Don’t forget, I’m from Russia.” Suffering multiple broken bones and a concussion in that Fontana accident, Aleshin made his …

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