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Daniel Suarez: NASCAR Role Model For Mexico, Latin America

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Monterrey, Mexico: home to over 1.1 million people and, now, one NASCAR champion. At Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daniel Suarez made history becoming the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR championship in the top three touring divisions, coming out on top in the XFINITY Series in 2016. Suarez dominated at the season-ending XFINITY race at Homestead, …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s on NASCAR’s Horizon?

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NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the new entitlement sponsor in its premier series, replacing Sprint.  Will Monster be a good fit for the series moving forward? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Based on Monster’s (pardon the pun) track record in motorsports, the affiliation with NASCAR’s premier series will be a successful one. Based on sight of …

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Alex Bowman to Drive for Hendrick Motorsports in Clash

Earlier today, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been cleared to race once again.  However, Hendrick Motorsports also included a second piece of news inside of its announcement.  Earnhardt’s return will not completely leave Alex Bowman out in the cold. Hendrick Motorsports also announced on Thursday morning that Bowman will drive the No. …

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BJ McLeod Motorsports Plans At Least Two Full-Time XFINITY Cars for 2017

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BJ McLeod Motorsports will run two-full time NASCAR XFINTY Series cars in 2017 — and potentially a third, depending on how things go through the first three races. “Two cars for sure full-time,” team owner/driver BJ McLeod told Frontstretch following a 31st-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. “We’re going to start a third car for the …

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Jimmy John’s Signs Extension to Serve as Kevin Harvick’s Sponsor

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Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Thursday that Jimmy John’s will continue to serve as Kevin Harvick‘s primary sponsor for years to come in the No. 4 car. Jimmy John’s will be the primary sponsor of the No. 4 for 16 NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017, starting in February at the Daytona 500. The company will …

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Michael McDowell Optimistic For 2017 After Strong Finish

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Prior to the final race weekend of 2016, Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing decided to put Ty Dillon in the team’s primary ride, moving Michael McDowell to the team’s second car, the No. 59 Chevrolet. It marked the second time in 2016 that McDowell would be piloting the No. 59 car. The last time he did, …

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AJ Allmendinger: ‘We Need to Get Better’ Next Season

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Though A.J. Allmendinger closed 2016 with four top-10 finishes in the last six races, he is disappointed in the performance at JTG-Daugherty Racing. His hot run to end the season started at Kansas Speedway, when he qualified 10th, finishing eighth. The next week at Talladega Superspeedway, he had a 10th-place finish and topped off a career-high third …

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Landon Cassill Returning to Front Row Motorsports in 2017

Landon Cassill will return to the Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports in 2017, Frontstretch has learned. The 27-year-old has competed full-time in the Cup Series for the past six seasons, finishing a career-high 29th in the championship standings in 2016. At Bristol in the spring, the No. 38 car was out front for 20 …

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The Agony of Defeat for Joey Logano: ‘This Hurts’

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10 laps is all that separated Joey Logano from his first Sprint Cup championship. One move to the inside on a restart gave him the inside track on that title. One accident, seconds later left him and championship contender Carl Edwards pondering what might have been. Logano, restarting third, made a move on Edwards, who forced …

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Elliott Sadler: ‘This One Is Hard to Swallow’

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Leading the championship standings through most of the regular season, Elliott Sadler was one of the favorites for the 2016 XFINITY Series championship. It came down to the last lap, but he came up short in his quest of becoming a NASCAR champion. Saturday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sadler struggled with substitute crew chief Mike …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Final Cup Series Practice of Year at Homestead

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Early on into the 50-minute final practice session, Martin Truex, Jr. hopped to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 174.289 mph. That speed held as the single-car Furniture Row Racing outfit paced the field for the rest of Happy Hour. The No. 78 Toyota team, who was in contention for the championship one …

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