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Joey Logano Paces Both XFINITY Series Practices at Atlanta

Team Penske is back on top once again. Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano has momentum on his side following a week full of media appearances across the east coast, and he was able to drive his No. 22 Ford to the top of the charts during both of Friday’s practice sessions for the NASCAR XFINITY …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brennan Poole Ready to Succeed in Maiden Season

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Close but no cigar. At Pocono Raceway on Aug. 1, the clouds hovered over the 2.5-mile triangle as the ARCA Series attempted to beat out the rain. That it did; however, the dominant driver on the day lost a tough battle at the end due to pit strategy. Brennan Poole walked in the ARCA garage …

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Pace Laps: Follow the Leader Daytona, NHRA Phoenix, Reddick Rises, and More

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Cup: Where Was the Passing?  If there was one constant that emerged during speedweeks with regards to the Cup cars it was the preponderance for cars that took the lead to be able to hold steady in that position. Matt Kenseth’s win in the Sprint Unlimited offered the first glimpse at this notion, because once …

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Kyle Busch Wins First XFINITY Series Practice of 2015

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Rowdy is back. A new season for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is officially under way with the first practice session of the year at Daytona for the Alert Today Florida 300. Kyle Busch, piloting the No. 54 Toyota for the fourth consecutive season, led the way on Friday afternoon with a speed of 191.681 mph. …

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Pole Sitter Jeff Gordon Paces Friday’s First Practice

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It’s just practice. Following a chaotic evening of racing during the Budweiser Duels, Jeff Gordon paced the sixth practice session in preparation for the Daytona 500. Only 14 cars participated in Friday morning’s session, with each of the cars completing single-car runs. Setting the pace at 193.079 mph, Sunday’s pole sitter ran 17 laps after finishing in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: It’s Now or Never for Elliott Sadler

A new season has brought yet another change for Elliott Sadler. The Virginia native has made the move to his third team in four years while racing full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Joe Gibbs Racing, Sadler’s previous team, seemed like the perfect fit for the three-time Sprint Cup Series winner. And why wouldn’t it …

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Pace Laps: Daytona Racing and Wrecking

2015 Daytona I Unlimited Jeff Gordon Alan Gustafson Credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Sprint Cup: Gordon’s Farewell Begins; Qualifying Questioned: Jeff Gordon earned the pole position for the Daytona 500 next weekend in what amounts to a dramatic beginning to a final full-time season.  Doing so just means that Gordon further cements himself as one of the all-time greats, notching his 78th pole start.  Though his accomplishment might not …

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Patrick Staropoli Tops ARCA Charts in Final Practice at Daytona

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The doctor has arrived. Patrick Staropoli, who won the inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge with Michael Waltrip Racing, paced the way during final practice for the ARCA Series season-opener at Daytona. After testing with Empire Racing, the University of Miami medical school student received an opportunity to race the Lucas Oil 200 in the No. …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chase, Bubba & the Exciting 2015 XFINITY Series Field

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A new title sponsor. New drivers and fresh paint schemes. Rookies moving up the ranks. It seems like yesterday I was writing my final Nuts for Nationwide column after Homestead. But now, it’s time for Eyes on XFINITY. 2015 is a much different year. Headlines are screaming at us. There are so many things to look forward to, …

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Ryan Ellis Gearing Up for Elevated Truck and XFINITY Series Schedule in 2015

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The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing. At least that’s what one 25-year-old racer believes. Ryan Ellis, who ran 21 races in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series last year, is set to embark on a new journey in 2015. Racing a combination of the two divisions, the Virgina-native is set to …

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