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Entry List: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

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Next stop: Kansas. NASCAR released the entry list for the May 9 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Speedway this morning. There are 44 entrants, meaning one team will fail to make Saturday’s race. NASCAR’s game of musical chairs continues this week as Erik Jones gets to make his first official start in the No. 18 …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Holds On For 6th Talladega Victory in 2015 GEICO 500

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning at Talladega Superspeedway is a big deal. Not just for  sponsor Nationwide, but as the sport’s most popular driver. Leading a race-high 67 laps, Earnhardt led Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to checkered flag in Sunday’s GEICO 500. “This is really emotional,” Earnhardt told FOX in Victory Lane. “I haven’t won …

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The Big One Swallows 14 Cars Early at Talladega

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They say it’s only a matter of time until the Big One hits at Talladega Superspeedway. On lap 45 of Sunday’s GEICO 500, a small aero-loose scenario between Trevor Bayne and Kurt Busch sparked a massive accident on the backstretch, swallowing up 14 drivers. “When the [No.] 27 went around us on the top there …

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Jeff Gordon Takes Pole for 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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It came down to the last car in qualifying, but on Saturday there was no doubt who was the fastest car in Talladega. Jeff Gordon‘s No. 24 Chevrolet set a blistering time of 194.793 mph to take the pole for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. It’s Gordon’s 80th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole …

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Roush Fenway Racing Duo Quickest in 2015 GEICO 500 Practices at Talladega

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2012 was the last time a Roush Fenway Racing car earned a victory at Talladega Superspeedway. Last year, one of its three drivers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., missed the fall event at the track to due NASCAR’s erratic qualifying method. However, entering the sport’s largest track this season, Stenhouse is determined to contend for a victory. …

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Team Penske Adds Avaya as Primary Sponsor in NASCAR and Verizon IndyCar Series

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Team Penske will welcome another company as a primary sponsor starting at Kansas Speedway with Brad Keselowski. Avaya, a provider of customer and team engagement services, will have its red and white colors featured on the No. 2 Ford in a one-race deal. Moreover, after creating a partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP), Team Penske has also announced …

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Kroger Signs Multi-Year Extension with JTG Daugherty Racing and AJ Allmendinger

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The No. 47 Chevrolet will feature a fresh coat of paint starting this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Kroger, which has sponsored the team during the Daytona 500 for six years, has signed a multi-year deal to be the primary sponsor of AJ Allmendinger‘s car in at least 24 races. Last year, JTG Daugherty Racing qualified …

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Erik Jones Named as Driver of Cup Series No. 18 Starting at Kansas

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It’s official: he’s here. Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday that 18-year-old development driver Erik Jones will drive the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota starting with next weekend’s SpongeBob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Speedway. It has been speculated for weeks that Jones would take over after David Ragan‘s stint in the car. Ragan has been subbing for …

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13 Teams Take Part in Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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13 teams took part in an open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday after several teams participated in a two-day tire test at the facility on Monday and Tuesday. The 13 teams that participated in the test included Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports), Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing), Clint Bowyer (Michael …

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Ty Dillon to Race No. 33 Cup Entry at Michigan in June

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Richard Childress Racing announced on Tuesday that they, in conjunction with Circle Sport Racing, will be fielding an entry for Ty Dillon in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in June. Dillon will drive Circle Sport’s No. 33 Chevrolet, which will be sponsored by Pfizer Inc. product Nexium 24HR, an OTC heartburn medication. …

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Brett Moffitt Returns to the Cup Series No. 34 at Kansas

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The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday morning that Brett Moffitt confirmed via text message that he will return to its No. 34 Ford in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway next week. The move comes after Moffitt’s current Michael Waltrip Racing team signed David Ragan on Tuesday to race the No. 55 Toyota for the rest of the …

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GoDaddy Leaving Danica Patrick, NASCAR After 2015

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Danica Patrick is in the market for a new primary sponsor next season after current primary sponsor GoDaddy’s intentions of leaving the sport were announced in USA Today. Patrick, who races the No. 10 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, is in a contract year. Speculation was that she needed to pick up her performance in order …

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