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NASCAR Mailbox: 16 Winners Before the Chase Cutoff?

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase Grid will be set come the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway in exactly one month. With 11 drivers already winning races and 10 of them seemingly locked into the Chase, barring any unforeseen circumstances, it’s safe to say the playoffs are set for the most part. However, with …

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Regan Smith Plays the Strategy Game to Give Tommy Baldwin Racing a Top 5

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Tommy Baldwin Racing isn’t used to competing in the top 5. Or the top 10. Or the top 20. The No. 7 car has been soaked with seven different primary sponsors this year. With an average finish of 28.2, it hasn’t had much exposure in 2016 besides having an eighth-place finish during the season-opener at …

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Chris Buescher Attempts to Change Chase Picture with Pocono Victory

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The fog appeared at the right time for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Chris Buescher. The reigning XFINITY Series champion has always dreamed about winning at NASCAR’s premier division, but couldn’t imagine his dream would come true. After a Lap 91 restart, Buescher made contact with Brian Scott, who stacked up the tail end of …

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Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway Postponed to Monday Morning

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NASCAR has fought poor weather at Pocono for decades now. Is there anything the track and sanctioning body can do? (Photo: Joseph Wolkin)

For the second time this year, Pocono Raceway was plagued with rain. This time, the weather wouldn’t hold up once again, postponing the Pennsylvania 400 to Monday morning at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. At 2:44 p.m. ET, NASCAR officials announced the postponement after originally scheduling the race for 1:30 p.m. local time. With the Air …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Makes History at Pocono

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In a Nutshell: William Byron owned Pocono Raceway throughout the weekend. Come Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150, the No. 9 truck, deemed the one to beat by his competitors, set the pace. Holding off Cameron Hayley on a restart with four laps remaining in the race, Byron earned his fifth triumph of the season, a Truck Series record …

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Christopher Bell Survives Pocono Raceway Chaos

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From five laps down to finishing in the top 10, rookie Christopher Bell set the bar for an unlikely NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record on Saturday afternoon during the Pocono Mountains 150. With five free passes, Bell took advantage of Saturday’s eight caution flags, the most since the Truck Series began visiting Pocono Raceway …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins the Pole for the Pennsylvania 400

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For the second time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, Martin Truex, Jr. will lead the field to the green flag three times in one season. Piloting the No. 78 Toyota, Truex topped the charts in the final round of qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway at 50.211 seconds (179.244 mph), his …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Dillon Building on Momentum with RCR

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The cowboy-hat-and-sunglasses look is one that is natural for Austin Dillon. The North Carolina native walked around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Friday morning as smooth as silk, casually signing autographs and pausing momentarily to take pictures with fans. But the former Camping World Truck and XFINITY series champion is much more relaxed than …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Should Stewart-Haas Racing Have an XFINITY Series Team?

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The XFINITY Series is meant to help prepare young drivers for NASCAR’s premier division, the Sprint Cup Series. However, with the dominance of Sprint Cup teams and drivers in the series, it has been difficult for young drivers to make a name for themselves in the division. But that’s when Stewart-Haas Racing will come in. The …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Adds XFINITY Series Entry for 2017

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On Saturday, NASCAR owner/driver Tony Stewart mentioned how his organization does not have an XFINITY Series team. Fast forward to Monday and that statement is no longer accurate. Stewart-Haas Racing will field a single-car, full-time XFINITY Series effort starting next season. Competing out of the team’s headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina, it will be in …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Better Racing Leading to Higher Fan Engagement

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One race past the halfway mark of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the overall reception of competition has been quite positive. With closer competition and fewer negatives about the quality of the product, fans have been quite impressed with the majority of races in 2016. While the on-track product is still not where drivers …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dealing with Balance Issues and Nausea Amidst Concussion Tests

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After missing the New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway due to concussion-like symptoms, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made his first public comments after announcing he would miss the race last Wednesday. Earnhardt, 41, spoke on Dirty Mo Radio, providing an update on his health within his podcast, “The Dale Jr. Download.” Providing comments for the …

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