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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Sonoma

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? How about Dale Earnhardt Jr.? He recovered from a spin early in stage one to finish sixth, his third top 10 at Sonoma in the past four seasons. Earnhardt hasn’t loved road courses before. He even said he wanted to put some dynamite on the 12-turn road course …

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Martin Truex Jr. Quickest in 1st Cup Practice at Sonoma

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Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t led a lap at Sonoma Raceway since taking home his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in 2013. But he’s trying to change that this weekend. The No. 78 car topped the Cup Series field during the first practice session of the weekend, setting the pace at 75.740 seconds. Denny …

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Kyle Benjamin Fastest In 1st XFINITY Series Practice at Iowa

2017 Pocono Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Kyle Benjamin

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Kyle Benjamin is picking up from where he left off at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago. The rookie went to the top of the scoring pylon at Iowa Speedway early Friday afternoon, setting the pace at 23.966 seconds prior to the Ethanol E15 250. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is coming off a pole award in his …

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Florida Attorney Helps Alon Day in ‘Running for the Cup’ Quest

2016 Xfinity Mid Ohio

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A last-minute deal is fine for Alon Day. It’s just a deal he never thought would come. But it happened. And it is thanks to a Florida-based attorney who has worked endlessly since May 2016 to give the Israeli racer a chance to represent his country and faith in American motorsports. “He’s like my second dad,” Day, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Evaluating the Silliness of the Silly Season

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Michigan

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The silly season is upon us. It’s when people earn, for a lack of a better term, new opportunities. Whether or not the deals are secured in the best of ways remains to be seen, but let’s hope for the best, right? Sometimes, people have to be selfish. You have to put yourself first in many …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson is a master at restarts. It’s something that Jeff Gordon always pondered during the late stages of his career, but one of NASCAR’s next potential superstars has restarts down to a science. The  No. 42 car did its best job to depict the likes of …

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Kyle Larson Captures FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Pole

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Lightning McQueen is back in action in Cars 3, and Kyle Larson is doing his best to imitate the racecar cartoon. Larson’s Cars 3-inspired No. 42 machine went to the top of the pylon at Michigan International Speedway as qualifying came to an end, giving the Chip Ganassi Racing driver his second pole of 2017 …

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Spencer Gallagher, Brad Keselowski Pace XFINITY Series Practices at Michigan

2017 Pocono Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Spencer Gallagher

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Spencer Gallagher is taking a liking to Michigan International Speedway. The GMS Racing driver set the pace during the first NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday, clocking in a time of 37.834 seconds to lead the way. Behind Gallagher was Ryan Reed, who was 0.037 seconds off the No. 23 car’s time as practice came to …

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Kyle Larson Quickest in 1st Cup Practice at Michigan

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

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The drivers of NASCAR’s top division were out and about at Michigan International Speedway, flying around the 2-mile track at upwards of 215 mph late Friday morning. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson set the pace during the first practice session prior to the FireKeepers Casino 400, clocking in a time of 35.857 seconds, equating …

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Israeli Alon Day Set to Make Cup Series Debut at Sonoma with BK Racing

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Alon Day is getting the break he’s been working on for the past several months. The Ashdod, Israel native, who currently resides in Tel Aviv, will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway next weekend. BK Racing will field an effort for Day, who will drive the No. 23 Toyota Camry …

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Jimmie Johnson, Lowe’s Sign Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

2017 Kansas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Jimmie Johnson isn’t going anywhere, and he isn’t hanging up his helmet just yet. The seven-time champion is returning to Hendrick Motorsports, his home since 2001, signing a three-year extension through 2020. Longtime primary sponsor Lowe’s will also be returning to the No. 48 team, sponsoring each of the 38 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Cody Ware Experiencing Back Issues After Pocono, Status Up In the Air

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This past Sunday, 35 laps into the Axalta Pocono 400, Cody Ware pulled his No. 51 Chevrolet into the garage. The official diagnosis: a DNF due to a vibration, resulting in a 39th-place result. Unfortunately we had a fuel pump go bad that ended our day early. We want to thank all our sponsors for their …

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