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NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport’s New Generation is Starting to Win Everything

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Three of the last five races in NASCAR’s premier division have witnessed first-time winners pulling into Victory Lane. As remarkable of an accomplishment as that is, it marks the start of what senior NASCAR executives have been waiting for. The newest generation of the sport is arriving at the right time. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. …

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Pace Laps: Another NASCAR First-Time Winner in 2017

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Pocono, 2017 Deliver Another First-Time Winner – What a popular streak for both the sport and a racetrack to be on in 2017. After Chris Buescher’s fog-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway last August, many thought a win like that would never come again. In part, they were wrong, as Ryan Blaney …

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Martin Truex Jr. Calm, Cool and Collected as Furniture Row Racing Thrives

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Martin Truex Jr. wants to win a championship, and he is determined to do so now that he has the support of a second team at Furniture Row Racing. As Truex and FRR embark on the pairing’s three-year anniversary of their first win together come Sunday afternoon’s Pocono 400, the organization has changed distinctively. Two …

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Cole Custer Takes Control Momentarily to Lead First XFINITY Series Laps

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Cole Custer’s confidence is in town. The 19-year-old knew his cars are capable of running well, but the results weren’t what he expected. Come Dover International Speedway, that changed with a fourth-place finish after finishing seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway, breaking a streak of three finishes of 13th or worse. Following Custer’s second career top-five …

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Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight MENCS Pole Award

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For the second consecutive week, car No. 18 will lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Busch took over Pocono Raceway, clocking in a time of 50.237 seconds, giving the Joe Gibbs Racing driver his 21st career pole in NASCAR’s premier division. Busch outran reigning Pocono …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Enters Pocono Raceway with Pressure to Perform

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Darrell Wallace Jr. always wanted this day to come. He knew it would come at some point, but he didn’t think the pieces of the puzzle would come into place so easily. When Aric Almirola’s injury was revealed to the public, rumors swirled about the Roush Fenway Racing XFINITY Series driver taking the helm of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Important is Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Cup Debut for NASCAR’s Diversity Efforts?

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Finally. Finally. Finally. It took a long time, but Darrell Wallace Jr. is finally getting the call to race in NASCAR’s top division. Filling in for Aric Almirola in the famed No. 43, the move is certainly a powerful one as the sport looks to take advantage of having its first African-American driver compete in …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. to Run for Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Shuts Down No. 6 XFINITY Team

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The news that Darrell Wallace Jr. wanted to hear is finally here: a call up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Roush Fenway Racing XFINITY Series driver will become the first African-American to race in NASCAR’s premier division since Bill Lester did so in 2006. Wallace, 23, will replace the injured Aric Almirola in the …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ross Chastain Remaining Humble with Cup Series Debut

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Ross Chastain is getting set to embark on a career milestone. The Florida native, who usually features watermelons on his racecars, will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Dover International Speedway with Premium Motorsports in the No. 15 Chevrolet.  Chastain, 24, looks to use his Cup debut as a chance to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why is RCR Winning More than JGR?

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Winning is everything. There is no trophy for second place in NASCAR. No silver medal. No celebratory champagne. Nothing. Just a runner-up finish on the stat sheet. For the second time this year, Kyle Busch came oh-so-close to Victory Lane, but finished second. This time, it was to Austin Dillon, who earned his first career …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Max Zachem Thriving in 3rd Full NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Season

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season is in full force. For Max Zachem, the regular grind of putting together his Troyer racecar gives him a chance to spend valuable time with his father, Ken Zachem. This year is different for the Zachem family, though. After acquiring a new spec engine, the team is excelling. Through …

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