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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

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Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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NASCAR Announces Daytona 500 Duels Rule Change, Overtime Line

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Following its announcement of the new charter system for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2016, NASCAR has revealed new procedures for Daytona 500 qualifying as it pertains to the system as well as the decreased 40-car field. As has historically been the case, two qualifying races (the Can-Am Duels) will take place on …

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Brian Vickers Expected to Replace Tony Stewart in Daytona 500

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Brian Vickers has emerged as the lead candidate to replace Tony Stewart in the season-opening Daytona 500 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next weekend. According to a report from the Associated Press, Vickers will fill in for the injured Stewart in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14, granted he is medically cleared to compete by NASCAR, …

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NASCAR Announces Charter System for Sprint Cup Series

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It’s official: NASCAR will implement a five-year charter agreement with Sprint Cup team owners that reduces the race field from 43 to 40 cars and guarantee starting positions for chartered teams in every race. NASCAR will award 36 charters to teams who competed full-time in the Cup Series since 2013 based on longevity for each …

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Cole Whitt Signs with Premium Motorsports

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After purchasing the assets of Mike Hillman Racing over the off-season, Premium Motorsports announced it would be fielding two cars in 2016, with one of them competing part-time. The organization has announced it has hired Cole Whitt to pilot the No. 98 car for the entirety of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Whitt, 24, …

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SunEnergy1 to Sponsor Chase Elliott in 2016?

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This past weekend, Kenny Habul was part of the driving team for Stevenson Motorsports’ No. 9 Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the GT-Daytona class at the Rolex 24. Habul, along with Boris Said, Tristan Vautier and Dion von Moltke, finished eighth in the GT-Daytona class. However, later this year, he will return to NASCAR for …

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Ryan Ellis to Compete at Daytona for FDNY Racing, Working on Sprint Cup Series Plans

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FDNY Racing will be back for its 17th season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Ryan Ellis, who has driven for the Jim Rosenblum-owned team since 2014, will return to the seat of the No. 28 Chevrolet for the season-opener at Daytona in February. Ellis, 26, made 11 starts in the Truck Series last …

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David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto to Drive for BK Racing in 2016

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Following his first full-time season in NASCAR’s premier division, Matt DiBenedetto will be back with BK Racing in 2016. Returning to the wheel of the No. 83 Toyota Camry, the 24-year-old will be paired with crew chief Gene Nead, who sat atop the pit box for DiBenedetto for eight races last year. Along with the …

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Regan Smith Signed to Drive Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7

Tommy Baldwin announced Thursday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that veteran Regan Smith will take over driving duties for his No. 7 Sprint Cup team for the 2016 season Earlier, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced Thursday morning that Alex Bowman, who drove the car in 2015 and finished 33rd in driver points, was released from the team..  The …

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Alex Bowman, Tommy Baldwin Racing Part Ways

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Alex Bowman will not be back with Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2016. Bowman, who drove Baldwin’s No. 7 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015, has parted ways with the team effective immediately, per a press release from the team. “As NASCAR transitions to different business and competition models, teams have to make decisions …

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Leavine Family Racing to Run Full Time with Michael McDowell, Ty Dillon

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Through fire and rain, Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing are back — this time for its first full-time Sprint Cup Series season, through an alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon will split the team’s No. 95 as it goes full time in 2016, with a fuller driver lineup to be determined later. With …

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