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Johnny Sauter on Homestead Performance: “It was awful, we sucked tonight”

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Johnny Sauter‘s Ford EcoBoost 200 didn’t exactly go as planned. Although his contenders called him the favorite entering the weekend, the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet limped home to a 12th-place finish, never having the speed to challenge for the Camping World Truck Series championship. “We just missed it,” Sauter said on pit road. “I …

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GMS Racing Championship 4 Teammates Pace Homestead Practices

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If the two morning practice sessions are any indication, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series may have to go through GMS Racing. Practice No. 1 2016 series champion Johnny Sauter led the opening practice session with a lap at 170.465 mph on his very first lap of the day. Sauter’s lap was six-hundredths of a …

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Christopher Bell’s Mindset Intact Ahead of Championship Finale

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Christopher Bell while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a cliché, yet true motto in sports. Christopher Bell is subscribing to that in this weekend’s championship race. When the green flag flies on the Ford EcoBoost 300 (Saturday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m. ET, NBC), the seven-time winner this season isn’t seeking the win. Instead, he just …

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Justin Haley Embracing Dark-Horse Role at Homestead: “I’ve Got No Pressure”

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Justin Haley while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Justin Haley is driving with a chip on his shoulder, and he wants you to know it. “It’s dark horse,” Haley said jokingly while correcting a reporter who called him an underdog. But Haley’s performance thus far in the NASCAR Playoffs has been nothing short of in-your-face-impressive. “We were the No. 7 seed going into …

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Myatt Snider Talks Rookie Year with ThorSport Racing & Life Off The Track

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The 2018 season has been a different one for Myatt Snider. It’s the first time he’s run full-time in a NASCAR vehicle. After running part-time in ARCA for two years as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Snider has two top-five finishes in his No. 13 ThorSport Racing truck. In this wide-ranging interview, …

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Fire on Friday: Racers Race — Deal With It

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Why is everybody so mad? Oh, midterms. Right… But that’s not what made Martin Truex Jr. PO’d after Martinsville Speedway. Or Aric Almirola PO’d after Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Or Kurt Busch PO’d after his teammate (don’t worry, we’ll circle back to that) passed him for a stage victory. The list goes on and on …

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Stewart Friesen Grows with Each Race at Halmar Friesen Racing

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Stewart Friesen’s 2018 season has been by far the best of his NASCAR career. Being recently eliminated from the Camping World Truck Series playoffs, the driver of the No. 52’s campaign has seen him challenge for wins week in and week out for the first time in his stock-car career. In 21 starts this season, …

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Fire on Friday: The Sky Is the Limit for Hailie Deegan

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Photo: Davey Segal

By now, you’ve probably heard of 17-year-old Hailie Deegan. The last name should sound familiar to racing fans, as she’s the daughter of X Games legend Brian Deegan. But unlike her father, Deegan has opted to go a different route: heavy-bodied stock cars. The Temecula, Calif., native is also a NASCAR Next member and recently …

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Garrett Smithley on getting his start in racing, theatre background

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Garrett Smithley’s time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with JD Motorsports has been spent in the middle of the pack, which ultimately is a win for the small, underfunded organization. In his third consecutive full-time season driving for JD, Smithley has amassed one top five and two top-10 finishes, the best results of his short career. He …

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Fire on Friday: The Roller Coaster Career of Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne‘s NASCAR career, for all intents and purposes, is now over. The fact that it’s happening in 2018 is borderline unfathomable given his quick success in the early stages of his career. Kahne busted through the door and said, “WHAT’S UP, EVERYBODY?” in 2004, earning 13 top fives and 14 top 10s en route …

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Bubba Wallace Thriving in Smaller Team at Richard Petty Motorsports

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Bubba Wallace’s Rookie of the Year campaign has had its fair share of ups and downs. Through the first 29 races, the Mobile, Alabama native has amassed two top 10s and one top-five finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. Talk about starting off with a bang. But Wallace’s career has been a unique one. From the K&N Pro …

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Fire on Friday: The Young Buck Stops Here

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So… about that younger generation that’s taking NASCAR by storm… yeah. That, well, didn’t happen this year. And it might’ve been a surprise to everybody besides the drivers themselves. Leading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, nearly all the hype was surrounding the next wave of talent. Chase Elliott. Ryan Blaney. Bubba …

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