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Couch Potato Tuesday: Strong 2016 NASCAR Cup Debut On FS1

Welcome back, race fans.  This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were back in action at Martinsville Speedway.  Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made their return to Phoenix International Raceway in front of a modest crowd (read: Better than an XFINITY race). STP 500 Sunday brought the Sprint Cup Series back …

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Bobby Pierce Set for Truck Series Return with MB Motorsports

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Less than a year after taking the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by storm at Eldora Speedway, Bobby Pierce is set to return to the sport’s third-tier division. After winning the pole for the MudSummer Classic at the half-mile dirt track, Pierce finished runner-up to fellow dirt tracker, Christopher Bell. The strong showing earned him …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Underdogs Excelling, Truck Series Madness and Formula 1 Shockers

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Zach Catanzareti

Sprint Cup: Underdogs Perform at the Paper Clip – From the drop of the flag to begin practice at Martinsville Speedway Friday, there were surprises near the front of the field. Fortunately for NASCAR and the underdog teams, the early pace bled into both qualifying and the race as it was an entertaining show full …

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Tracking the Trucks: Alpha Energy Solutions 250

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch got shoved out of the way at the beginning of the day, and he didn’t let it happen again, holding off the field on multiple restarts late in the race to win by .425 seconds over John Hunter Nemechek.  William Byron was third, Kyle Larson fourth, and Timothy Peters fifth. …

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Parker Kligerman Salvages Third Top 10 After Wild Martinsville Race

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Zach Catanzareti

Despite the carnage in Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway, Parker Kligerman, once again, brought his No. 92 Truck home in one piece. For the third straight week to open the 2016 Camping World Truck Series season, Kligerman came home with a top-10 result. The consistency continues to show in the championship standings as …

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Kyle Busch Scores First Martinsville Clock With Truck Series Win

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A plethora of on-track crashes. Double-file restarts time and time again. None of it could keep Kyle Busch from winning as his No. 18 Toyota broke through to take the checkered flag first at the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Saturday afternoon. The race is Busch’s first-ever NASCAR win at Martinsville Speedway in any of the sport’s top three …

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Ben Rhodes Wins First Truck Series Pole in Martinsville

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Ben Rhodes, driving the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota, will start from the inside of the front row for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Posting a lap of 19.659 seconds [96.322 mph], Rhodes grabbed his first career Camping World Truck Series pole in just his seventh start. “All of our guys were so close …

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Cole Custer Wins Final Truck Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Cole Custer led the way in final practice for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The 18-year-old ran a 19.788-second lap to beat John Hunter Nemechek for the top spot on the speed charts. Ben Rhodes won practice No. 2 in his No. 41 Toyota and finished third in final practice. Kyle Busch and …

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William Byron Paces Opening Truck Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Even in practice, short tracks seem to naturally bring out young talent in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. William Byron, a rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports, led the way in opening practice at Martinsville Speedway posting a lap time of 19.868 seconds [95.309 mph]. The 18-year-old Rookie of the Year contender was 0.127 seconds ahead of …

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Four Burning Questions: Which Short Track Talent Will Reign in Martinsville?

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Who Will Knock the Rust Off Best in the Truck Series? Finally, they are back! After more than a month of sleeping and waiting patiently for the Camping World Truck Series, they are back for round No. 3 of the 2016 season at Martinsville Speedway. It sure is a funny way of starting a national …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Martinsville Surprise?

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came out this week saying that he is going to donate his brain after he dies for scientists to study it. What implications could this have on the future of safety in racing if they were to find anything different in his brain?  Mark Howell, Senior Writer: CTE has been too long …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Kyle Busch Seeking First Martinsville Win

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He’s visited Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway as an owner but has yet to win at the 0.526-mile oval as a driver in Camping World Truck Series competition. And for the first time since April, 2011, Kyle Busch will get another shot at making his own trip to Victory Lane when he pilots a fourth …

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