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Ty Dillon: ‘It was Frustrating that I Was Not Getting the Opportunity with My Family Team’

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Growing up around fast cars and burning rubber, Ty Dillon has finally made it full-time to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, yet it didn’t come without some adversity. Entering his rookie campaign, Dillon already had a half-year of experience in the Cup Series, giving him a leg up on Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, his …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Takes a Bow Late in Race to Win Atlanta

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After winning the pole for Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch was a non-factor for much of the race, hovering inside the top five. Other Cup Series veterans, such as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, went on to dominate the majority of the event. It was the first start for the No. …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Joe Nemechek Has High Hopes for NEMCO Motorsports in 2017

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A month prior to NASCAR’s season-opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Nemechek announced that he would join his son John Hunter Nemechek to race in the first three Camping World Truck Series events of 2017. Coming out of Daytona, both Nemecheks finished in the top five, with John Hunter leading the charge in fourth. Despite having …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Hard Work Pays Off for Scott Lagasse Jr.

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Opening weekend of the 2017 NASCAR season treated Scott Lagasse Jr. well. He started the weekend replacing Justin Haley in the Camping World Truck Series race because the 17-year-old is not old enough to compete on tracks over one-mile long. Then he competed for JGL Racing in the XFINITY Series, picking up top 10s on …

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Pace Laps: Small Teams Benefit in Daytona, Montoya Has Fun

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Ones Open Opportunity for NASCAR’s Small Teams If your Daytona 500 top-10 predictions were correct, after Sunday you may have a few new friends next time you go gambling in Las Vegas — or when you make a DraftKings team. While veteran Kurt Busch grabbed an epic last-lap victory for the first …

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Ryan Blaney Comes Up Just Short in Daytona 500 Quest

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When the small pack of remaining cars crossed the start/finish line for the white-flag lap, it looked like Ryan Blaney had no chance of winning the 59th annual Daytona 500. But that’s when this sophomore flashed the potential so many insiders have seen in him. With a push from Team Penske affiliate Joey Logano, he pushed himself right …

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Kyle Busch Cut Tire Causes Melee in Daytona 500

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The first half of the Daytona 500 avoided the big wreck. The second half? It took just four laps. On Lap 104 in the 59th Great American Race, Kyle Busch‘s right rear tire went down right in front of a crowd of racecars. Busch, winner of the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stage had no warning …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Reed Tames Wild Daytona Race

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Ryan Reed lived up to what arguably is his strong suit inside of a racecar on Saturday, perform-well on restrictor plate tracks. The fifth-year driver picked up his second-career win at Daytona International Speedway, also winning at the World Center of Racing in 2015. However, this one was well-earned after being involved in the trio …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Tops Daytona 500 Final Practice

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Ford, who’s had success throughout Speedweeks, teamed up to form a six-car parade Saturday morning. Their raw speed made a statement, taking the top six spots in Daytona 500 final practice as teams made their last preparations for tomorrow’s Great American Race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the way at 198.452 mph, more than three-tenths of a second quicker than …

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Matt Tifft Comfortable Stepping Into XFINITY Series Full-Time

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Coming back to Daytona International Speedway for the first time since undergoing surgery for a low-grade glioma in the brain last July, Matt Tifft is ready to start his first full-time season in any of NASCAR’s top three touring divisions. TIfft, 20, is taking over the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, replacing reigning XFINITY Series …

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Austin Wayne Self Finishes Career-High Second at Daytona

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In what was one of the wilder Daytona Camping World Truck Series races in recent memory, the young guns took over on the last lap with the top four finishers all being under 22 years old. After getting into a second-lap melee, Austin Wayne Self finished in the runner-up position, just behind race-winner Kaz Grala. …

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Camping World Truck Series Season Starts Off with a Bang

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It took the Camping World Truck Series just one lap before the Big One reared its ugly head Friday evening at Daytona. Around the 10th spot, cars began to shuffle out of the tri-oval when Chase Briscoe got into the back of Noah Gragson, triggering an 11-truck pileup. John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Young, Terry Jones, Austin …

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