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Brennan Poole to Return to Chip Ganassi Racing

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The No. 48 team will be back in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year, remaining largely unchanged. Brennan Poole returns for his second full season with Chip Ganassi Racing, piloting the team’s second car as a teammate to Kyle Larson and recently announced rookie competitor, Tyler Reddick. The Texas native made the inaugural XFINITY Series …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Chris Buescher

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Sure, Chris Buescher’s career was on the rise entering 2016. But not even Buescher predicted he would be one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everything changed for the Texas native come Aug. 1. The weekend was already strange, with poor weather slapping Pocono Raceway across the face …

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Beyond the Cockpit: John Hunter Nemechek Satisfied with NEMCO Motorsports’ 2016 Season

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John Hunter Nemechek entered 2016 with 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on his resume. However, this past season marked the first time the North Carolina native raced for a championship, competing full-time for his family-owned NEMCO Motorsports team. The 19-year-old locked himself into the division’s inaguaral Chase almost immediately, winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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Kaz Grala to Compete for 2017 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year with GMS Racing

Kaz Grala will be moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis in 2017. The 17-year-old announced he will be competing full-time with GMS Racing, piloting the No. 33 truck next year after running nine contests in 2016. Grala joins championship-winning driver Johnny Sauter as the two confirmed drivers for …

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Spencer Gallagher to Race Full-Time in XFINITY Series, Will Return to Truck Series

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Spencer Gallagher will be extending his NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule in 2017. The 27-year-old son of GMS Racing founder Maury Gallagher competed in the Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2016, finishing 12th in the standings during his sophomore season. With eight top 10s and two pole awards, Gallagher believes “it is a good start” to …

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Jeff Gordon Calls Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus ‘Best He’s Ever Seen’ After 7th Sprint Cup Series Championship

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When Jeff Gordon speaks, Jimmie Johnson listens. “Jimmie, he’s just the complete package,” Gordon said. “They’re the best I’ve ever seen.” Those remarks came moments after Johnson took the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway, capturing his record-tying seventh championship in NASCAR’s premier division. Johnson’s drive that Sunday afternoon is one that he would have never …

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Tommy Baldwin Discusses Decision to Walk Away from NASCAR Ownership

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Tommy Baldwin is a racer, and no matter what, he says, he always will be. During his final race weekend as a team owner in NASCAR’s premier division at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this month, he sat in the midst of the Sprint Cup Series garage by his race team’s hauler with driver Regan Smith. The …

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GMS Racing’s Championship Attempts to Start New Truck Series Dynasty

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Maury Gallagher does not want his team to end up like Turner Scott Motorsports or NTS Motorsports. He’s in it for the long haul, whether he initially planned to do so or not. As Gallagher stepped away from the tarmac onto a racetrack, he never expected to see success right off the bat. Three years into …

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JD Motorsports Finalizing Plans for 2017

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JD Motorsports will have some familiar faces in its camp next year. Lead driver Ross Chastain is returning to the No. 4 car, with 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece back in the No. 01 car as well. “We’re trying hard and we have a lot of great people behind us,” Preece said. …

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Go FAS Racing Unsure of Driver Lineup for 2017

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There will be a new face in the No. 32 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2017. Jeffrey Earnhardt will not be back in the Ford ride next year, according to team owner Archie St. Hilaire. The grandson of seven-time Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt made 17 starts with the team but ran …

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Tony Stewart’s Historic NASCAR Career Ends With Smiles After 18 Years

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“Thank you for everything you’ve done.” The words out of Joe Gibbs’ mouth Sunday evening echoed even with Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson celebrating his historic seventh Sprint Cup Series championship just a few yards away from the massive crowd surrounding the No. 14 car. 18 years. It has been quite the journey. One of the most …

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XFINITY Season Finale Doesn’t Define Justin Allgaier’s Season, He Says

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Justin Allgaier did not expect to be sitting on pit road after the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Instead, he thought he’d be celebrating his first championship since breaking into NASCAR’s top three divisions in 2008. When the checkered flag flew, he leaned against his car, holding back tears as his …

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