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Kurt Busch Grabs First 2016 Win At Pocono

Kurt Busch

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For Kurt Busch, it was a monster restart with 33 laps to go that sealed the deal in winning the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway. The No. 41 Monster Energy Chevrolet stormed past Dale Earnhardt, Jr. before taking off in the final 32 laps to win by 1.126 seconds. “It’s an amazing …

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Brad Keselowski Frustrated After Pocono Penalty For Body Modification

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Pole sitter Brad Keselowski entered Pocono Raceway Monday with high expectations. He left it scratching his head at how a victory could have potentially slipped away via a NASCAR penalty. The white No. 2 car led the field to green for the first time in 2016, and the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion was attempting to win …

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Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick Wreck At Pocono Raceway

Tony Stewart

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At Pocono Sunday, Tony Stewart was on pace to earn his best finish since coming back from an injury that sidelined him the first eight races of his final Sprint Cup Series season. Coming to Pocono Raceway, Stewart qualified sixth, marking the first time he’s advanced to the final round in qualifying since his return at Richmond …

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Premium Motorsports Swaps Car Numbers Starting at Pocono

Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports

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Premium Motorsports is switching things up with its pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Cole Whitt, the team’s primary driver, ran the first 13 events of the season in the No. 98 car. With the team’s focus on Whitt’s effort, a second car was in the process of being reorganized. Reed Sorenson began to …

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Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Postponed to Monday

Pocono Raceway Rain

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Though there wasn’t a lack of determination from NASCAR and the teams to get the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 in on Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the rain could not be silenced. Following ongoing rain, mist and fog, the Sprint Cup Series event was postponed to Monday, where the field is scheduled to take the …

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NASCAR Remembers Muhammad Ali

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Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died last night at age 74 after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease. A living legend within the world of boxing, Ali was known just as much for his life outside the ring, respected by millions as he worked tirelessly to make the world a better place.  Here’s what some of the best …

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Brad Keselowski Leads Team Penske 1-2 Punch In Pocono Qualifying

Brad Keselowski

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A familiar sight in American auto racing, Team Penske, has swept the front row once again in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying. This time, it is Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano who ended up 1-2 for Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway. Both previous Pocono winners, the duo finished ahead of Kevin Harvick, Matt …

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Sprint Cup Practice At Pocono Halted After Just 15 Minutes

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Carl Edwards was fastest in the brief Friday morning Sprint Cup Series practice at Pocono Speedway after turning a lap at 179.802 mph. The session, originally scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. local time, was first delayed twenty minutes for fog. Then, after just 28 drivers had made their way onto the 2.5-mile …

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Multiple Crew Chiefs to Miss Pocono Due to Penalties

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On Wednesday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  While there no real indications that anything big was coming, the hammer came down fairly strong on a number of teams.  No less than three Sprint Cup teams will be without their crew chiefs on Sunday in Pocono (pending appeals, of course). Brian Pattie, crew chief for …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Shuts Down Jeb Burton’s XFINITY Team

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Jeb Burton’s tumultuous career just took another rough turn. Richard Petty Motorsports, which fields the No. 43 Ford Mustang in the XFINITY Series with Burton as its driver, announced it was suspending NXS operations on Wednesday. The decision was made after primary sponsor J. Streicher reportedly missed payments to the team. One of the oldest …

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Coca-Cola 600 Ratings Decline 11 Percent

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After TV ratings featured stable numbers to begin May, ratings are back on the decline. Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 scored a 3.2 Nielsen overnight rating. This is an 11 percent decline from the 3.6 rating the race scored one year ago. According to Sports Media Watch, the rating ties the Bristol rating from April as the second-lowest …

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Newman Adds New Sponsor for Pocono

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Richard Childress Racing announced today Kalahari Resorts & Conventions will sponsor Ryan Newman‘s No. 31 Chevrolet for this weekend’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions recently opened an African-themed resort that features Pennsylvania’s largest indoor water park in the Pocono Mountains. The company has two other resorts in addition to the …

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