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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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Entry List: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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After a thrilling Daytona 500, it’s time for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to begin the true regular season. First up: Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR release the preliminary entry list for the Feb. 28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta on Tuesday (Feb. 23). The list includes 39 teams, meaning everyone will make Sunday’s …

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Ty Dillon to Sub for Tony Stewart at Atlanta, Brian Vickers Subbing at Vegas

After Brian Vickers filled in for the injured Tony Stewart in the season-opening Daytona 500, Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed the substitutes for the next two events in the team’s No. 14. Ty Dillon will climb behind the wheel of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet this Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Vickers will return …

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Denny Hamlin Wins in Closest Finish in Daytona 500 History

Daytona International Speedway has never been higher. And during Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, it’s never been closer as Denny Hamlin gave a last-lap bump to Matt Kenseth in turn 4 before edging Martin Truex, Jr. to the line to win his first Daytona 500. “It’s the pinnacle of my career, for sure,” Hamlin said. “Toyota, it’s …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Final Practice at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished the week’s worth of practice sessions on top as he won final practice at Daytona International Speedway. At a time of 45.655 seconds (197.131 mph), Earnhardt led defending Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski in a session that saw 25 cars take to the track. The Hendrick …

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Robert Richardson, Jr.: From Hay Farming to Making Hay In Daytona

The green flag for Sunday’s Daytona 500 will feature a feel-good story or two for the 200-lap Super Bowl of Racing. Among the most intriguing and old-school stories of them all is Robert Richardson, Jr. who – in a two-week span – went from farming hay in Texas to strapping back into a NASCAR Sprint …

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Denny Hamlin Leads Toyota Pack in Second Friday Daytona 500 Practice

Thirty cars took practice time Friday afternoon fort the Sprint Cup Series, and Denny Hamlin came out on top. Hamlin, looking for his first Daytona 500 victory, turned a lap of 199.658 mph in the second practice session of the day. Toyota teammates Kyle Busch (198.640), Martin Truex Jr. (198.640), Carl Edwards (198.610) and Matt …

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Jimmie Johnson Tops Opening Friday Sprint Cup Practice

Jimmie Johnson won opening Friday practice at Daytona International Speedway with a lap time of 46.372 seconds. The two-time Daytona 500 champion led a field of only 13 who posted a lap in the afternoon session. Denny Hamlin was second quick at a 46.425, running only five laps followed by Sunday’s pole winner Chase Elliott …

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Kyle Busch Wins Can-Am Duel No. 2, Multiple Cars Crash on Last Lap

It was a Joe Gibbs Racing takeover as Kyle Busch grabbed the victory in the Can-Am Duel No. 2 at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Feb. 18. He and JGR teammates of Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards ran 1-2-3 for a majority of the opening 35 laps. “Myself, Matt [Kenseth] and Carl [Edwards] , we …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Can-Am Duel No. 1 in Daytona

“Amelia” flew to another victory at Daytona International Speedway as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. held off Joey Logano to bring his No. 88 to victory lane in Thursday’s Can-Am Duel No. 1. “We knew it was a really good car,” Earnhardt said. “This car, actually a lot of people don’t talk about it, but it won …

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Michael McDowell, Brian Scott Lead Wednesday Cup Practices

Surprising names topped both the third and fourth Sprint Cup Series practices on Wednesday. Michael McDowell, who needs to race his way into the Daytona 500 by finishing as the highest open driver in Thursday’s Can-Am Duels, laid down a lap of 200.17 mph during a first practice that included a lot of drafting. The …

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