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Kyle Busch Leads Second Cup Series Practice on Friday at Daytona

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In the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Friday at Daytona International Speedway, manufactures split up in the draft, preparing for the pack racing on Sunday. The first six positions were nailed down by Toyota drivers. Much like last year’s Daytona 500, the Toyota drivers pushed each other single-file on the bottom line. …

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Austin Cindric Leans on Team Penske Drivers for Advice in Rookie Season

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As the Camping World Truck Series season is set to begin at Daytona International Speedway, Brad Keselowski Racing is entering a new era, putting two full-time rookies into its truck lineup. Austin Cindric, 18, still attending high school in Concord, NC, is replacing Daniel Hemric who moved up to the XFINITY Series with Richard Childress …

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Danica Patrick Confident for Daytona 500

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Coming into 2017, Danica Patrick‘s best-career finish in any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was sixth in 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two races into the season, one of them being an exhibition event and she has notched a fourth-place effort in the Clash and a seventh in Thursday nights Can-Am Duels in preparation …

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Chase Elliott Wins First Daytona Can-Am Duel

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Pole-sitter Chase Elliott ended the first Duel the same way: with the rest of the field chasing him. After starting up front in the opening Can-Am Duel 150-mile race Thursday evening, Elliott wound up in Victory Lane, scoring 10 regular season points. It’s the first time NASCAR’s Daytona qualifiers have counted toward the standings since 1971. …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 5 Things to Watch for in 2017

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Coming off a season that saw the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, year two of the format has a lot of hype behind it. Over the off-season, NASCAR announced enhancements that would be implemented throughout the top three touring divisions, not just the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The enhancements will reward teams …

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Pace Laps: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return, Sebring Testing, Austin Theriault Wins and Florida Speedweeks

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Welcome back, Junior – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is officially back. The weekend at Daytona International Speedway saw the two-time Daytona 500 champion have some fun again – so much, in fact, that he looked to actually be enjoying a rain delay for once on Saturday night. While trading stories with Jeff …

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Jeb Burton Unsure of 2017 Plans: ‘I Have No Idea At This Moment’

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Over the off-season, Jeb Burton started an outdoor hunting conservation land management that will soon be linked to his social media for people to find. However, the racing side remains the same as 2016: unsure. “I’m not sure what our plans are yet on the racing side of things,” Burton told Frontstretch in a phone interview on …

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Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin Lead Clash Practice Sessions

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Coming off a season in which they swept the two races at Daytona International Speedway, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin topped the two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Practice One: Eleven of the 17 entered drivers took time in the opening session, …

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Regan Smith to Drive Part-Time for Ricky Benton Racing in 2017

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Regan Smith has found a part-time Camping World Truck Series ride for the 2017 season, competing with Ricky Benton Racing in 12 events. The news comes less than one week after Smith stated, “I’m not done racing,” while co-hosting “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I wasn’t done racing — don’t count me out …

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5 Cup Series Drivers Who Need to Win in 2017

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When NASCAR announced changes to the race format late last month, it made consistency relevant again. Winning is still going to have its virtues, including an automatic playoff berth, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the end-all, be-all it often has been. Like other changes NASCAR has made in the past, the best …

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Ben Kennedy Joins Richard Childress Racing for 9 XFINITY Series Races in 2017

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Ben Kennedy will join the organization for nine NASCAR XFINITY Series events in 2017. Kennedy will share the No. 2 car with Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Paul Menard over the course of the 33-race season. The 25-year-old will get his first shot in the machine at Talladega …

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