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Furniture Row Racing Leads the Way in Opening Cup Practice at Richmond

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tn Usa Saturday 22 April 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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Early into the opening practice session of the weekend at Richmond International Raceway, the Furniture Row Racing duo of Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones jumped to the top of the leader board, where they stayed the remainder of the 90-minute session. Truex led the way, posting a lap at 124.178 mph, more than two-tenths of …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Remember When Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominated the XFINITY Series?

2016 Richmond I Nxs Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Car Russell Labounty Nkp

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On Tuesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would be retiring from full-time competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the 2017 season.  Although he may go down as the Most Popular Driver in NASCAR history, a Cup Series title has eluded him throughout his career. Think back, however, to the late 90s, when Earnhardt …

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Pace Laps: Rain at Bristol on Sunday, Erik Jones Leads the Way in XFINITY


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: And then it was Monday – In a sport that halts its action at the lightest of rainfall, Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was simply doomed. Dropping buckets of water from the get-go, NASCAR wasted no time to cancel the day’s activities, pushing the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Comes From the Back Late to Win

2016 Watkins Glen Cup Furniture Row Racing Erik Jones Zach Catanzareti

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On Lap 230, Erik Jones thought he saw his chances of repeating the Spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway go away. The No. 20 car was caught speeding on pit road and had to  re-start from the back with a dominating Kyle Larson out front. Over the last 70 circuits, there were five caution flags, enabling …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Morgan Shepherd Reflects on Bristol Dominance

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As NASCAR heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, Morgan Shepherd will be attempting to race in his second event of the 2017 season. The 75-year-old driver has attempted to qualify for four XFINITY Series races in 2017, with his only start at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing 36th. However, the series is heading to Shepherd’s best track in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ben Kennedy Counting Down the Days Until He’s Back in a Racecar

It’s not often you hear NASCAR drivers counting down the days to one of the most dangerous races of the season, Talladega, a track built on hallowed grounds in Southern Alabama, known for frantic finishes, and first-time winners, many drivers dread going to the restrictor plate track. But it’s an opportunity for drivers to showcase their …

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Pace Laps: Ryan Blaney Lets One Get Away, Erik Jones Dominates in XFINITY Series

2017 Fontana Cup Ryan Blaney Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Monster Energy Cup Series: The Wood Brothers are Back – 1982. That was the last time a Wood Brothers Racing car led more than 100 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 35-year streak ended Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as the team’s second-year driver Ryan Blaney led the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 for 148 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Cruises to Victory in Texas

Nascar Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300

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At the site of his first career XFINITY Series victory in 2015, Erik Jones is always a factor at Texas Motor Speedway. In Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300, the 20-year-old proved just that. Starting from second position, it didn’t take Jones long to find the lead. Once he went around pole-sitter Joey Logano early in the …

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Eyes On XFINITY: Where Is Joe Gibbs Racing?

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Five races into the NASCAR XFINITY Series season, one of the main storylines continues to be what has happened to Joe Gibbs Racing. Compared to recent years, when the organization dominated the racing on Saturdays they have not shown their expected brute force for 2017. Is it time to get concerned? The short term answer would be …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Travis Kvapil Content With NASCAR Career

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Growing up in frigid Wisconsin, Travis Kvapil had a dream of one day making it to NASCAR, though he didn’t think it would ever be achievable. Entering his 17th year in the sport,  the 41-year-old is happy running back down the ranks he once ran up. Beaver Motorsports announced in mid-February that Kvapil would pilot its …

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