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Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne Lead Sprint Unlimited Lineup

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The field for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited is official. Select fans were paired with crew chiefs for the drivers entered in the race for the random draw on Friday afternoon. Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne will start on the front row. Defending Unlimited winner Denny Hamlin will start ninth. Drivers will compete for 75 laps with …

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Landon Cassill’s Hillman Racing Team Becomes Hillman Smith Motorsports

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One of NASCAR’s smaller Sprint Cup Series teams just got a boost. Mike Hillman, owner of the No. 40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet with driver Landon Cassill, has announced that he has formed a partnership with West Coast businessman Gordon Smith have formed a partnership. The team will now be named Hillman Smith Motorsports, effective immediately. …

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CSX Transportation Renews Sponsorship with David Ragan

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Today at Daytona 500 Media Day, David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced an eight-race sponsorship deal with CSX Transportation. The company, which has been a sponsor the last two seasons on the No.34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, will promote its Play It Safe campaign. ““I’ve really enjoyed working with all the great people at CSX,” …

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RaceBuddy Available for All Sprint Cup Races for First Time

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced 2015 plans for RaceBuddy, the official online compliment to NASCAR’s TV coverage for the past six seasons.  The new TV deal that begins at Daytona will result in NASCAR expanding the service to include coverage of every Sprint Cup race on the schedule for the very first time.  NASCAR’s press release …

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Dale Jr. Foundation to Start Drive to Give Gloves Initiative

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Starting this month, fans will have a chance to win the gloves that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. uses during each of his races. The Dale, Jr. Foundation announced today it “Driven to Give Gloves” initiative. Each month, Earnhardt will dawn his notorious Alpinestars skeleton gloves with a specific color designated for a different charity. After the …

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Brendan Gaughan Returns to Cup Series, Driving for Premium Motorsports Full Time

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A familiar face will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Brendan Gaughan will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving for Premium Motorsports beginning in the Folds of Honor Quik Trips 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1. Gaughan, 40, will attempt to make …

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Vince Vaughn Named Daytona 500 Grand Marshal

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Trophies come naturally for HMS, and this year it seems easier than ever.

Actor Vince Vaughn will serve as the grand marshal for the 57th annual Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. “Last year was an exciting one for NASCAR and I can’t wait to help kick off the 2015 season as the DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshal,” Vaughn said in a press release. “The DAYTONA 500 is …

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Justin Marks to Run Daytona With RAB Racing

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Justin Marks will have an opportunity next week to make his Daytona 500 debut at the Daytona International Speedway. Marks will also drive the No. 29 for RAB Racing in the Alert Today Florida 300, a day prior to “The Great American Race.” If he makes the Daytona 500 by finishing position in the Budweiser …

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Reed Sorenson to Attempt Daytona 500 for Team Xtreme Racing

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On Monday, Team Xtreme Racing (formerly Xxxtreme Motorsports) announced the signing of Reed Sorenson to drive the team’s No. 44 Chevrolet at Daytona.  Sponsorship will be provided by Golden Corral in a one-race deal. Team owner Jonathan Cohen is excited to have Sorenson in the fold. “The 44 team has been hard at work over …

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Matt DiBenedetto Joins Growing BK Racing

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Add Matt DiBenedetto to the growing list of BK Racing drivers. Following the press conference to announce the acquisition of Jeb Burton by the team, DiBenedetto announced the news through Twitter. He will drive the No. 83 Toyota on a part-time basis, sharing the car with Camping World Truck Series veteran Johnny Sauter. BK Racing …

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UPDATE It’s Official: Jeb Burton to BK Racing in 2015

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UPDATE: BK Racing made the weekend speculation official on Monday when they officially announce the addition of driver Jeb Burton to the team’s 2015 Sprint Cup lineup. Burton, 22, raced the past two seasons in the Camping World Truck Series, most recently with ThorSport. He’ll race BK Racing’s No. 26 for the full 2015 season, …

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