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NASCAR Penalizes 11 Teams After Charlotte

2015 JJ Yeley Bank of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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NASCAR penalized 11 teams Wednesday and had one previously assessed penalty reduced by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. On the Sprint Cup side, 10 teams were penalized, including two on multiple counts. The No. 24 team of Jeff Gordon was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times. Kevin Harvick’s No. 4, Clint Bowyer’s No. 15, …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Use Low Downforce Package in 2016

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series rules package for 2016 can be summed up in two words: low downforce. On Wednesday NASCAR announced it will utilize the package previewed in 2015 at Kentucky and Darlington speedways for every race in 2016 with the exception of the restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega. The package was met …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Jimmie Johnson Win Another Championship?

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Looking at the year-by-year stats, it becomes apparent that most drivers experience a significant decline in production when they hit their mid-40s. Couple that with the physical demands of racing, and it’s no surprise that drivers such as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are deciding to hang up their helmets before they turn 46. Six-time …

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Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart Among 6 Hit with Post-Dover Penalties, Warnings

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NASCAR warned six Sprint Cup teams on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Dover race weekend, including the Chase-contending teams of Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Busch’s No. 41 team was posted for rear bumper tubing found during pre-race inspection. The No. 14 team of Busch’s teammate and owner Tony Stewart was warned for …

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Michael Waltrip Plans to Race 2016 Daytona 500

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While Michael Waltrip Racing may be shutting down at the end of 2015, fans can still expect to see Michael Waltrip in the Great American Race. As reported by ESPN, Waltrip plans to compete in the 2016 Daytona 500, with support from Maxwell House that was announced in April. The announced plans come despite MWR closing its doors following this …

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NASCAR Places Cole Pearn on Probation Following Dover Infractions

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NASCAR’s penalized another Chase team following an infraction at Dover. NASCAR placed Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., on probation until Dec. 31, three days after finding Truex’s right-rear quarterpanel flared out during a visual inspection before Sunday’s AAA 400. While Truex’s No. 78 car passed initial inspection, it was sent back through the line and …

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2-Headed Monster: Who’s Had the Better Career – Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart?

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We all knew it was coming but it still hurt to see it happen. With just eight weeks remaining for Jeff Gordon‘s final season behind the wheel in NASCAR, friend and longtime competitor Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he’ll join Gordon in watching from afar beginning in 2017. The move, while expected given Stewart’s age …

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Clint Bowyer Appeal: Penalties Upheld

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While Clint Bowyer was being introduced as the driver of the No. 14 car starting in 2017, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard and decided on an appeal by Bowyer’s team for infractions that occurred at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago. The verdict? Upheld. Michael Waltrip Racing appealed the penalties — a P4 that brought about …

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Tony Stewart Retiring After 2016, Clint Bowyer Will Replace

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Wednesday, Tony Stewart made it official: he will retire from NASCAR Sprint Cup competition following the conclusion of the 2016 season. The announcement was made at 1 p.m. during a special press conference held at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop. “It was a choice that was 100% mine,” he said. “I had more people try to …

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4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Will Kevin Harvick Play Nice?

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1. WHO CAN BEAT JOE GIBBS RACING? Following the first race of the Chase, Joe Gibbs Racing is sitting pretty. The team’s four cars are sitting first through fourth in points, injured driver Denny Hamlin is through to the next round by virtue of his win at Chicagoland and they have won nine of the …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Ramp Up Restart Enforcement?

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Jeff Gordon drove a masterful race Sunday in Chicagoland before fading to 14th in the final few laps. However, along the way the Hoosier created a massive controversy as he appeared to jump a lap 144 restart, shooting to the front as former leader Kyle Busch pleaded with NASCAR for a penalty. Speeds from Sportvision’s …

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Sport Clips Doubles Sponsorship of Carl Edwards

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It’s no secret that Carl Edwards is a sponsor’s dream, which also means it’s no surprise that he secured more funding on Wednesday. Sport Clips, whose commitment to Edwards stood at two races for 2015, doubled their sponsorship of the No. 19 Toyota, according to a release by Joe Gibbs Racing. The haircut salon chain, …

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