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Ben Rhodes Wins First Truck Series Pole in Martinsville

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Ben Rhodes, driving the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota, will start from the inside of the front row for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Posting a lap of 19.659 seconds [96.322 mph], Rhodes grabbed his first career Camping World Truck Series pole in just his seventh start. “All of our guys were so close …

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Kasey Kahne wins Saturday Morning Practice at Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

The momentum continues for Kasey Kahne. After qualifying on the front row for Sunday’s STP 500, Kahne grabbed the top time in Saturday morning practice at Martinsville Speedway. With a 19.710-second lap on the half-mile track, he bested Ryan Newman by 0.046 seconds to claim top honors. Martin Truex, Jr. was third as Brian Vickers …

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Gray Gaulding to Announce XFINITY Series Plans for 2016

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Though former Camping World Truck Series driver Gray Gaulding has not made a NASCAR-sanctioned start so far in 2016 there’s plenty to be excited for in terms of his future career. Gaulding will announce his plans to run select XFINITY Series races this season “next week,” saying he is excited to finally make the decision public. “[I’m] really looking …

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Cole Custer Wins Final Truck Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Cole Custer led the way in final practice for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The 18-year-old ran a 19.788-second lap to beat John Hunter Nemechek for the top spot on the speed charts. Ben Rhodes won practice No. 2 in his No. 41 Toyota and finished third in final practice. Kyle Busch and …

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Brian Vickers Tops Opening Cup Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Brian Vickers topped opening practice for the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. Filling in for an injured Tony Stewart, Vickers ran a quick time of 19.485 seconds [97.182 mph] to edge ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano by a mere 0.019 seconds. Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson – one week removed from a …

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William Byron Paces Opening Truck Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Even in practice, short tracks seem to naturally bring out young talent in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. William Byron, a rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports, led the way in opening practice at Martinsville Speedway posting a lap time of 19.868 seconds [95.309 mph]. The 18-year-old Rookie of the Year contender was 0.127 seconds ahead of …

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Jimmie Johnson Soars to 6th Fontana Victory

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Jimmie Johnson flew to victory in the Auto Club 400 after passing Kevin Harvick with two laps to go at Auto Club Speedway. Draped in Superman red, Johnson brought the Man of Steel to Victory Lane for the sixth time at Fontana and second time in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. “I knew we …

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Kevin Harvick Wins in Photo Finish for 8th Phoenix Victory

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Well, it happened again. Much like the 58th Daytona 500 to start the Sprint Cup Series season three weeks ago, the victory came down to inches. This time, it was Kevin Harvick edging Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds to win at Phoenix International Raceway for the eighth time in his career and …

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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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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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Denny Hamlin Withstands Mayhem, Wins Third Sprint Unlimited

Sparks, carnage and some thrilling pack racing; It must be the Sprint Unlimited. Since there were a handful of spotless cars at the end of the 79-lap non-point race at Daytona International Speedway, it came up short to being a true demolition derby. However, even race winner Denny Hamlin overcame early damage to his No. …

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