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Martin Truex, Jr. Penalized for 2nd Roof Flap Violation, Crew Chief Cole Pearn Suspended

One roof flap violation? Probation. A second one just a week later? Time to drop the hammer. NASCAR announced Wednesday it’s suspended Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota, for a race after a violation found during pre-race inspection during the Atlanta race weekend. NASCAR officials found an issue with the roof flap, …

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Joey Gase to Compete for Go FAS Racing at Phoenix

Regular NASCAR XFINITY Series competitor Joey Gase announced today that he will make his first Sprint Cup Series start of the season next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Gase will pilot the No. 32 car for Go FAS Racing that he previously drove in each of his eight career Sprint Cup Series starts. The 23-year-old first drove …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France, Multiple Drivers Endorse Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Making an appearance prior to Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walked the across a stage at Valdosta State University in Georgia attempting to sway voters to support the real estate mogul. Adding a NASCAR presence to his campaign, Trump was endorsed by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. Citing that France’s “leadership and strength are …

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NASCAR Overnight Ratings Decline for Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series television ratings plummeted. According to Sports Media Watch, overnight ratings for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway declined approximately 27 percent from 2015. Following a recent trend of decreasing ratings, the Atlanta race, which was broadcasted on Fox, featured a record-low overnight …

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Jimmie Johnson Slides to Atlanta Win, Ties Dale Earnhardt with 76 wins

The Lowe’s Chevrolet was, like everyone else on Sunday, low on downforce in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson used the new package – as well as some crafty pit strategy – to grab the lead from Kevin Harvick to win for the first time in 2016 and fifth time …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Ben Rhodes Hit with Daytona Penalties

Fourteen teams from across the three NASCAR national series were either penalized or warned by NASCAR on Wednesday, including Daytona 500 second-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. Truex’s No. 78 team was given a P2 penalty for a violation regarding the roof flaps during pre-qualifying inspection. The flaps did not lay flush with the roof following …

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Stewart-Haas Racing to Field Fords Beginning in 2017

Bye-bye, bow tie. hello, blue oval. Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday that its four teams will run Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2017. SHR has spent its entire existence with General Motors since the team’s non-Stewart inception under just Gene Haas in 2002, utilizing both the Pontiac and Chevrolet brands. The team has won two …

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