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4 Burning Questions at Michigan: With New Package, Will Race Be a Stinker?

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and all everybody can talk about is the high-drag package – but the race will be remembered for so much more than that. It’s one of a final few chances for drivers not already locked into the Chase to punch their ticket. …

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Hot Topic High-Drag Package Amended for Michigan Weekend

Kevin Harvick leads a pack of cars in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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A “hot” topic issue in NASCAR was addressed Wednesday. A day after Brad Keselowski said he expected this upcoming weekend’s race to be the “toughest race of the year physically,” NASCAR sent teams a bulletin they are mandating the use of a dual outlet duct on the right-side window of race vehicles this weekend at …

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NASCAR Next’s Dalton Sargeant to Make Truck Series Debut at Bristol


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NASCAR’s Next program will deliver another success story in August. Dalton Sargeant announced that he will make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway next Wednesday (Aug. 19). He will team up with Wauters Motorsports for the race, running the No. 5 Toyota Tundra. GALT will sponsor the truck. Sargeant, a NASCAR …

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Road King Jeff Gordon Paces Final 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Practice

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The second Sprint Cup practice for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 went to Jeff Gordon. Gordon, with nine NASCAR Sprint Cup victories between Watkins Glen and Sonoma, put down a fast lap of 127.333 mph to lead the final road course practice session of his career. Kyle Larson (127.049), Greg Biffle (126.987), Kyle Busch (126.837) and Joey …

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Cup Drivers Dominate 2nd Zippo 200 Practice at the Glen

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Sprint Cup regulars continued their domination of the Xfinity Series on Friday, placing four Cup drivers in the top five in final practice at Watkins Glen. Kyle Larson topped the charts with a fast lap of 123.623 mph. Joey Logano, who paced the first practice, was second with a lap of 122.223 mph. Paul Menard …

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Kevin Ward Jr.’s Family Files Suit Against Tony Stewart

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Another year at Watkins Glen brings yet another trial in the life of Tony Stewart. On Friday it was announced that the family of Kevin Ward Jr. has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stewart over the death of Ward in a sprint car race last summer in Canandaigua, New York. Stewart, who was competing in …

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Team Penske Sweeps Opening Zippo 200 Practice at Watkins Glen

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Team Penske swept the opening round of practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 on Friday, with Joey Logano besting teammate Brad Keselowski for the top spot. Logano, who is looking to win his first NXS race at the Glen, turned a lap of 122.452 mph. Keselowski, the 2013 winner of this race, ran …

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Surprising Faces Top 1st Cheez-It 355 Practice at the Glen

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A number of surprising faces found themselves in the top 10 following the first round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Watkins Glen International Friday. Clint Bowyer (127.067 mph) topped the charts after the opening 80-minute practice session, while defending race winner AJ Allmendinger (126.901) was second. Jimmie Johnson (126.139), Sam Hornish Jr. (126.095) and …

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No Penalties Announced, But Changes Made to NASCAR Warning System

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NASCAR teams worrying about multiple inspection violations leading to a penalty could breathe easy Wednesday. However, while there were no written warnings for this past weekend’s races in Iowa and Pocono, changes are in store. The Sprint Cup Series announced they were fully revamping the warning system going forward. Instead of penalizing teams for receiving …

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Welcome Back: Mikhail Aleshin Returns to IndyCar at Sonoma

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In the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series finale, one of the series’ best rookies from 2014 will make his return. A year after suffering a concussion, fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle and chest injuries during a nasty practice crash for IndyCar’s 2014 season finale at Auto Club Speedway Mikhail Aleshin announced he will return to …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s Up with Hendrick Motorsports?

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1. NASCAR ran its second new rules package in three weeks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Does the high-drag package hold promise, or is it time to go back to the drawing board? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Not a lot of promise here. I didn’t really have high hopes for this package as more downforce doesn’t …

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Premium Motorsports Docked for Indy Weight Loss

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When is it a bad thing to lose weight? When it causes a caution in NASCAR. Timmy Hill’s No. 98 Premium Motorsports Sprint Cup team was penalized on Wednesday for such an infraction that occurred during practice for last weekend’s race at Indianapolis. During practice, an unsecured piece of tungsten weight fell off Hill’s car, which …

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