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James Hinchcliffe to Test Indy Car Next Week

Indycar 2015 Nola James Hinchcliffe Victory Credit Chris Jones

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Just four months after a devastating crash at Indianapolis Motorsport Speedway, James Hinchcliffe will return to the seat of a racecar when he tests a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar vehicle at Road America on Sept. 28. Hinchcliffe said that the feeling of getting back behind the wheel will be a great one. “I expect to …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Are the Early Chase Favorites?

Matt Kenseth leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to a restart during the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway

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The race at Richmond International Raceway last weekend was tame by short track standards. What caused the lack of action, and should fans be worried? Jerry Jordan, Contributor: There was plenty of action at Richmond. No, it wasn’t what most are accustomed to when they go to a short track, but there were a lot …

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NASCAR 101: The History of the Chase

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Chase Field Cia

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It all started in 2003. That’s when RJR Reynolds announced it was no longer sponsoring NASCAR’s elite division, and soon followed was an announcement that Nextel would sponsor the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series starting in the 2004 season. There were rumors that the new company would want a playoff format, and that added with Matt …

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Aaron’s Will Not Sponsor Car in 2016

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When a team shuts down everything is affected; drivers and team members are left in a tough situation especially when the move happens late in the season. Included in that oftentimes are the sponsors of the team who are left in a decision to either move to another team or drop out of the sport …

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Friday Faceoff: Can NASCAR Sustain Southern 500 Success?

Kurt Busch goes for a spin during the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

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The Bojangles’ Southern 500 was by most counts a success with the new aero package and tires matched to it; ratings were the best for a Labor Day weekend show since 2007. Can NASCAR sustain the success of the Southern 500 and in general, and what could be done differently? Summer Bedgood, Senior Editor: I …

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Austin Dillon Leads Way in 1st 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Practice at Richmond

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NASCAR has always been known for its dynasties, and one of the top families currently in NASCAR is the Dillons. And on Thursday, the brothers Dillon were on top of the practice chart in the first NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Richmond International Raceway. Austin Dillon was quickest, followed by his brother, Ty Dillon. The former is a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why No New Rule Package for Chase Races in 2015?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Cars circle Darlinton Raceway under caution in the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500

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What a weekend we had at Darlington, huh? The racing was a drastic improvement from what we’ve seen in 2015 and the throwback weekend was a lot of fun. My highlight of the weekend was watching Ken Squier, my idol as a child, calling a race again with Ned and Dale Jarrett. Squier just has …

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Denny Hamlin Takes the Pole for 2015 VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington

2015 Daytona I Cup Denny Hamlin Credit Yvonne Leonard

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Joe Gibbs Racing has shown strength in the Xfinity Series in past years and on Saturday the team proved its strength in qualifying as it’s an all JGR front row for the VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin took the pole for Saturday’s event. It’s his 20th career NXS pole and …

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Friday Faceoff: Panic Time for Jeff Gordon?

2015 Bristol Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Car Cia

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The summer stretch is coming to a close and Jeff Gordon still hasn’t won a race. Is it time for the No. 24 team to click the panic button? Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: No, the No. 24 team shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet. Despite its struggles, the team is sitting in position to make the Chase …

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Advocare Adds Chris Buescher Sponsorship for 6 Races

2015 Charlotte I Nxs Chris Buescher Car Cia

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A successful season can get some recognition for a team, and Chris Buescher‘s run a the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship has done just that as Roush Fenway Racing announced Thursday that Advocare will be the primary sponsor of the driver’s No. 60 Ford for six NXS races this season. The partnership will start this weekend …

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Michael Waltrip Racing Planning Layoff of Over 200 Employees

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Michael Waltrip Racing filed a notice this past week with the North Carolina Department of Commerce that the team will lay off 217 employees effective Nov. 1, FOX Sports reports. In North Carolina, where the team’s shop is located, a company is required to file Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), paperwork when laying off …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt to Attempt Cup Debut at Richmond

Jeffrey Earnhardt

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There has been only one fourth generation driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. That happened when 20-year-old Adam Petty made his NSCS debut at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2000. On Sept. 15, that may change as the second fourth generation driver in NASCAR history will attempt to make his Cup debut. Go FAS Racing …

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