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Nationwide Insurance Will Sponsor Dale Jr. at Richmond

2014 Watkins Glen Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Cia

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Nationwide Insurance is joining Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor in 2015, but that doesn’t mean they will be absent from those racecars until then. Next weekend at Richmond International Raceway–the final race of the 2014 regular Sprint Cup Series season–Nationwide Insurance will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sponsor on the No. 88 with a preview …

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Helio Castroneves: NASCAR Drivers “Chubby”

2014 Indycar Milwaukee Castroneves On Track

In a recent interview with TMZ, IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves dissed on NASCAR drivers and their physical fitness. When the reporter mentioned Helio Castroneves’ and other drivers slim figures, Castroneves went to the tried-and-true method of talking about things like G-forces, the endurance qualities of the races, and the grueling demands inside the racecar. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Listened …. Now The Fans Have A Job To Do

Fans in the stands for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway

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You know what they say … the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Fans have been crying out for Darlington Raceway to get its historical Labor Day weekend back since the last holiday race weekend back in 2003. Despite the hot temperatures in the South Carolina heat, it seems that tradition won out over NASCAR’s own …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

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With the new Chase format this season, everyone seems to be paying more attention to how many wins each driver has, even more so than they did in the past. Obviously it’s because wins are what truly matter in NASCAR’s new Chase grid, and as the beginning of the Chase nears ever closer, those wins count …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

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I’m going to preface this piece by saying that I know this rant is one that many others have already had, myself included, but I believe it absolutely bears repeating. People in racing—whether those who work in the industry or are simply motorsports fans—constantly complain that the mainstream media doesn’t give enough credibility to racing and …

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The Tony Stewart Timeline: Follow The Latest News & Info

After a 3 a.m. ET press conference confirmed reports that Tony Stewart had struck and killed a sprint car driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a dirt track in New York state, the racing world woke up Sunday morning to a plethora of information. Some of it was new, especially for those who weren’t still awake …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Pocono Raceway was his third race win of 2014, which ties his win total over the past eight seasons combined. Earnhardt, who turns 40 this year, was long thought well past his prime, yet he’s currently enjoying his most successful season since 2004 where he won a total of six …

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NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

Ryan Blaney 2013 Eldora Speedway Camping World Truck Series Mike Neff

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So, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t like the Race Team Alliance, the new partnership between nine of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest teams. Is anyone surprised? Shocked? How about stunned? No? None of the above? The fact is that an “alliance” of any sort between the teams would not be a good …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Clinches, Schminches…. How Long Until Richmond?

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Joey Logano and Morgan Shepherd spin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

It doesn’t matter how new or revamped this new Chase system is, there will always be one word that crops up no matter how many revisions the points system goes through: clinch. Ah, yes. The dreaded “clinch” scenario. A complicated system of mathematics and statistics churned through a grinder and spit out through NASCAR press …

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Mirror Driving: Repaving Kentucky, Shopping Center, and Bubba Moving Up?

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Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Like Sharks, NASCAR Media And Fans Drawn To Blood

2014 Kentucky Cup Brad Keselowski Paul Wolfe Ii Cia

“Keselowski Cuts Hand in Kentucky”  Well now, if you had never seen a good example of alliteration, this most certainly is a good place to start. Of the many wins Brad Keselowski has in his career, the headlines never quite had the same ring to them. I mean, “Keselowski Cuts Hand in … Phoenix”? No, …

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