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Tony Stewart Fined by NASCAR For Criticism of Lug Nut Rule

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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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Tony Stewart to Return at Richmond

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It’s official: Tony Stewart is back. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, currently in his final season as a full-time driver before retirement, will return to the seat of his No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing for the first time in 2016 after a back injury sustained before the season began knocked him out of …

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Carl Edwards Warned Following Bristol Victory

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For the third week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series received a warning for an infraction that occurred during the weekend. Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The warning was his third of the season and with one more the team will …

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Entry List: Toyota Owners 400

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This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series makes its first visit to Richmond International Raceway for a scheduled day race since 1997 (Note: There have been multiple races run on Sunday afternoons since then, most recently last year, but they were all due to rainouts).  For this race, 41 cars have entered, meaning that someone could go …

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Carl Edwards Dominates Toward Wild Bristol Win

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While the race shuffled, spread and scrambled behind him, Carl Edwards drove to victory from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 276 of 500 laps in the Food City 500. For Edwards, the win is the first of his 2016 season and fourth at Bristol. “There was so many different things happening out there, …

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Carl Edwards Grabs the Pole for the Food City 500

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

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You didn’t see it coming until it happened. Carl Edwards entered full stealth mode to win the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500, posting a fast lap speed of 127.997 mph in the closing minutes of the final round of qualifying.  Early in the round, Joey Logano and points leader Kyle Busch swapped the top …

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Denny Hamlin Fastest In Friday Cup Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

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Denny Hamlin was the fastest in Friday’s lone Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway after turning a lap at 14.913 seconds (128.666 mph). Hamlin’s fast lap came in the final few minutes as teams moved to qualifying trim, which is great news for the man who sat on the pole in last fall’s …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Previews Kevin Harvick’s Throwback Paint Scheme for Darlington

With Labor Day weekend just five months away, throwback schemes for NASCAR’s return to Darlington Raceway are beginning to flood in. In Kevin Harvick‘s case, the sponsor will honor a former driver with a familiar sponsor. On Thursday, Stewart-Haas Racing displayed the paint scheme that Harvick will be racing during the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor …

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Kyle Busch Highlights Texas Warnings List

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For the second week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series was warned for an issue found in inspection. Kyle Busch, whose No. 18 team won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, was warned by NASCAR on Wednesday for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. He was also warned following his …

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Overnight Ratings Decline for Rain Delayed Texas Race

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Ratings were down again for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 in the first rain delayed event of the season. According to Sports Media Watch, the race scored a 2.5 overnight rating. This is down 14 percent from last year’s event that scored a 2.9 rating. This marks the lowest overnight rating for any Sprint Cup …

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