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Entry List: GEICO 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Following two weeks of short track action, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the biggest track on the schedule at Talladega Superspeedway. For the second consecutive race, there are 41 cars entered and one will go home following qualifying on Saturday. Tony Stewart made his return to competition last weekend and is entered again for …

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NASCAR Changes Lug Nut Policy Amidst Controversy

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Five days after fining Tony Stewart $35,000 for comments made about NASCAR’s lug nut policy — or the lack there of — NASCAR has announced a series of mandates for pit stops. NASCAR will begin policing teams this coming weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, as pit crews will be forced to put on and tighten all …

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Kasey Kahne Grabs ‘Encouraging’ Fourth-Place Effort at Richmond

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Returning to the sight of his first Sprint Cup Series win back in 2005, Richmond International Raceway seemed to bring out the best in Kasey Kahne on Sunday afternoon. Grabbing a much-needed fourth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, Kahne was excited to be back racing in the front of the field. “We …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Excited For Richmond Return

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

For the first time in Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Sprint Cup Series career he will unload onto a racetrack with prior experience. Last September, the 26-year-old rookie grandson of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. made his debut at Richmond International Raceway for Go FAS Racing. Finishing 40th in a 43-car field, Earnhardt simply kept his No. 32 Ford out …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Happy Hour in Richmond

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Jimmie Johnson led the way in final practice for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. In a session that saw all 40 cars take times on the 0.75-mile track, Johnson trumped them all with a lap time of 22.342 seconds [120.849 mph]. A mere 0.042 behind the six-time champion was Hendrick Motorsports teammate …

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Sprint Cup Qualifying Rained Out, Kevin Harvick on Pole

Kevin Harvock waits to climb into his No. 4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway

Due to inclement weather throughout Friday at Richmond International Raceway, qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series has been cancelled, putting Kevin Harvick on pole for Sunday. Leading the way in the one and only Friday practice session, Harvick will in return led the field to green per the rulebook for the Toyota Owners 400. “We …

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Patrick Carpentier to Return to Sprint Cup with Go FAS Racing

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Patrick Carpentier will return to Sprint Cup Series competition this season at Sonoma Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Go FAS Racing and its  No. 32 Ford. The 44-year-old Canadian last made a Sprint Cup start in 2011 at Kansas Speedway, finishing 30th for Frank Stoddard. “Even if I say that I’m retired, I could not …

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Kevin Harvick Fastest As Practice Prematurely Ends At Richmond

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(Credit: Mike Neff)

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the lone practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Friday after practice was shortened due to rain with a lap at 20.919 seconds (129.089 mph). Rain was close during most of the practice session but didn’t actually hit the track until 62 minutes into the 85 minute practice session. …

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Clint Bowyer: “You’ll See Better Runs Coming from Tony Stewart”

2016 Phoenix I Cup Clint Bowyer Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Though Clint Bowyer is still 10 months shy of his name being on the door of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet for 2017, he is already looking after Tony Stewart and his future team. After missing the opening eight rounds of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season due to a January back injury, Stewart will …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France Addresses Many Topics in Associated Press Meeting

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Thursday, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France spent the day in New York City meeting with members of The Associated Press at the yearly ASPE Commissioner Meeting. At the gathering, France represented NASCAR and answered many questions regarding the future of the sport, as well as his controversial comments defending Republican Candidate Donald Trump. …

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Tony Stewart Fined by NASCAR For Criticism of Lug Nut Rule

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

On the day that Tony Stewart announced he would return to NASCAR, he was fined $35,000 for violating guidelines in the Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. On Wednesday, at a sponsorship appearance, Stewart criticized NASCAR’s 2015 rule change allowing teams to put less than five lug nuts on tires during pit stops, a change that …

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