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Eyes on Xfinity: Opportunity Comes Knocking for Ryan Truex, Josh Berry

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Ryan Truex Slip N Slide Cia

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The days of drivers making it in NASCAR based on only talent are gone; these days, it takes a combination of money and success to race into NASCAR’s premier divisions. Well, mostly money, and lots of it. Rides are limited in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Sponsors are controlling teams, rather than the stat sheets. Compared to …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Dalton Sargeant Rising Up to Expectations

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The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s mega-team – HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks – has plenty of diversity. Ranging from two quarter-midget drivers to a high school football player and an engineering student, one racer on the team has driven around the world. Dalton Sargeant, 17, grew up in Florida as a young racer. However, …

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Pace Laps: Heartbreaking Losses and Replacement Drivers

Juan Pablo Montoya on track at Sonoma (credit: IndyCar)

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IndyCar: Montoya Critical of Himself, INDYCAR Following Championship Loss – 1.179 seconds. That’s all that separated Juan Pablo Montoya from a Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Montoya, who led the points from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, lost the championship in a tiebreaker to four-time champion Scott Dixon following a sixth-place finish …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Road-Course Racing and Its Benefits

2015 Mid Ohio Nxs Chris Buescher Alex Tagliani Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Turning right on some weekends is great, especially for those that love making fun of NASCAR for going left all the time. Let’s face it, it gets redundant hearing these poor schlubs complain about the sport we all love to watch. The month of August is a dream for anyone that likes to see a …

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Pace Laps: Racers Rally Around Justin Wilson


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IndyCar: Racing Community Rallies in Support Following Wilson Injury – The racing community is as vast and all-encompassing as any organization in the world, but few groups are as close in times of controversy. Following Justin Wilson’s accident at Pocono Raceway, one that left him hospitalized in a coma, as announced by INDYCAR, racers worldwide …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Paying the Bills?

2015 Loudon I Cup Sam Hornish Jr Car Front Cia

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Nature’s Bakery, a sponsor new to the sport, signed on to sponsor Danica Patrick in 28 races next season. Is this reason for optimism about new sponsors entering the sport, or more of an isolated instance? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think sponsor shelling out the $20 million or so for a top-flight team like …

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Throwback Thursday: Catching Up with Mike Skinner

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He might not have had facial hair like Keith Hernandez or Tom Selleck, but Mike Skinner had quite the mustache in his prime. A few years before Jimmie Johnson piloted the blue Lowe’s Chevrolet, it was Skinner that expanded the home improvement giant’s interest in the world of NASCAR with Richard Childress Racing. The Camping World Truck Series …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ben Kennedy Creating a Legacy of his Own

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Being born into NASCAR’s first family has had it perks for Ben Kennedy. The great-grandson of William H.G. “Big Bill” France Sr., founder of NASCAR, is on a mission. It’s one that is unlike any other that the sport has seen, and it includes working with the core group of NASCAR executives outside of racing – his …

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Pace Laps: Using the Bumper & Short Track Excursions

Lyle larson leads a pack of cars during the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Sprint Cup Series: What A Drag – Michigan’s high-drag package was dragged down by poor reviews from the start. Drivers complained openly leading into the weekend that passing was problematic; loose conditions getting behind another driver bogged them down aerodynamically and left everyone running in place. Still, NASCAR thought the many grooves of Michigan International …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio

Regan Smith in front at Mid-Ohio in the XFINITY series

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There was nothing acceptable about Saturday’s result for Regan Smith unless he crossed the finish line ahead of everyone else. After aggressively going after Ty Dillon following a wild race at Watkins Glen, the former full-time Cup Series driver was determined to get back into Victory Lane. The sweat and tears were visible in one …

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Blake Koch Lands Breakthrough Xfinity Series Deal for 2016

2015 Dover I Nxs Blake Koch Car Cia

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The future just became as stable as ever for Blake Koch. Competing in the Xfinity Series since 2011 for the majority of each season, 2015 marks the first time he has had the opportunity to race full-time. TriStar Motorsports announced that the 30-year-old will be returning to the organization in 2016 for Koch’s third year with the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Drivers That Must Step Up… Now

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There are only a few months left in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season. As time flies by amidst the roar of 40 racecars, the championship battle is heating up as the pressure to perform each week increases exponentially. The top three in the championship standings – Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott – are separated …

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