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Beyond the Cockpit: Travis Kvapil on Making His Career in Racing

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Beth Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch.com: You made the natural progression out of working with cars in your dad’s garage to racing. Was there ever any doubt that racing was what you wanted to do? Travis Kvapil: There was never a doubt it was what I wanted to do. I knew somehow I …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Wayne Self on Coming Home to Texas

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Austin Wayne Self made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2013. Running just six races, he posted five top-10 finishes, including a runner-up result at Winchester Speedway (Ind.). Over the next two years, Self ran 39 of 40 races, scoring one win (2015) and a combined 25 top-10 results, en …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson Smarter Now Than in Rookie Season

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Appropriately driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Kyle Larson has been the target of conversation in the Sprint Cup Series since 2014. At that time, Larson was hot off his first and only full-time XFINITY Series season in 2013, before making the jump to the Cup ranks, where he replaced …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Tyler Reddick Grateful for Opportunity with Brad Keselowski Racing

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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has been a supporter of the sport’s third-tier division since he became a team owner in 2008, following the footsteps of his father, Bob Keselowski. Brad Keselowski Racing is now one of the Camping World Truck Series’ strongest organizations, fielding two full-time …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch on Building Kaulig Racing

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/ NKP)

Blake Koch is walking around the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage on cloud nine in 2016. The 30-year-old is currently in position to make the Chase, attempting to do so in Kaulig Racing’s first year on the circuit. Kaulig Racing opened its doors during the off-season. Matt Kaulig, owner of LeafFilter …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Stays Upbeat Despite Uneven 2016, Talks Racing Future

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Through the first half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits 13th in the championship standings, just 33 points above the Chase cutoff. While earning three second-place finishes early on, over the past five races, the No. 88 team has failed to finish inside of the top …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Matt DiBenedetto’s Career-Saving Moment

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Tears flowed down 24-year-old Matt DiBenedetto’s face just seconds after crossing the finish line at Bristol Motor Speedway in mid-April. Competing for a team that considers a top-20 finish a victory, finishing sixth during the Food City 500 helped the young man realize that dreams can indeed come true. DiBenedetto …

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