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NASCAR Adds Chase to XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series

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As NASCAR looks to entice the younger demographic, the sanctioning body has announced the addition of a playoff format in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. The format, similar to the newest version of the Chase for the Sprint Cup adapted into NASCAR’s premier division in 2014, will be implemented for the 2016 season. …

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Rico Abreu to ThorSport Racing Full-Time in 2016

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On Friday morning in Tulsa, Okla., ThorSport Racing announced that Rico Abreu, most recently of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in the K&N Pro Series East, will join the Ohio-based operation on a full-time basis in 2016.  Abreu will drive the No. 98 Toyota Tundra with sponsorship from Curb Records.  Doug George, a former champion of …

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Back-to-Back: Rico Abreu Wins Chili Bowl Nationals

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For the second time in as many years, Rico Abreu drove through the field to claim a Golden Driller. Abreu made his way around leader Bryan Clauson with less than 10 laps remaining and held the 2014 winner off in the closing moments to win the 2016 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Theriault & the Path to Recovery

Theriault, Austin 2015 Ford Ecoboost 200 Homestead

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A thundering pound, a stream of lambent sparks and an aftermath littered with torn sheet metal and silent air. Like a tropical storm, Austin Theriault’s grinding crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October had no shortage of drama, intensity or concern as his No. 29 Ford careened violently into the turn 4 wall of …

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NTS Motorsports ‘100% Committed’ to 2016 Truck Series Return

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Following a Facebook post from crew chief Ryan McKinney about the immediate suspension of operations for NTS Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program, the organization has confirmed it will continue to compete in 2016. In an interview with Brennan Newberry, son of team owner Bob Newberry, he tells Frontstretch that while the organization’s future …

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Ben Rhodes to Run in Truck Series for ThorSport Racing in 2016

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Ben Rhodes will have a new home in 2016: the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Rhodes will join ThorSport Racing to pilot the No. 41 Toyota Tundra full-time in 2016 with sponsorship from Alpha Energy Solutions, the team announced Tuesday (Dec. 15). The 2016 Camping World Truck Series season will mark Rhodes’s first full-time deal …

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Beyond the Cockpit: John Hunter Nemechek on Motivation, Variation and Determination

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At just 18 years young, John Hunter Nemechek is winning not only races but the attention of NASCAR fans. Sprouting from the motorsport household Nemechek name, John Hunter was tied into racing from the moment he was born. With father Joe having an Xfinity Series championship and nearly 100 Sprint Cup Series starts at the …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher Best and a Fitting Farewell

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Sprint Cup Series: Kyle Busch Claims the Sprint Cup – On Sunday evening, a sellout crowd watched the final race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Ford EcoBoost 400. The thought going in was that you probably would have to win the race to take the title. For most of the race, that did …

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Tracking The Trucks: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead

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In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton claimed his sixth victory of the season in the Ford EcoBoost 200. Crafton swept a number of drivers who either stayed out or took two tires on the final caution and drove away from there to take the win. John Hunter Nemechek finished 2.942 seconds behind in second. Tyler Reddick was third, …

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Matt Crafton Wins Ford EcoBoost 200, But Erik Jones Takes 2015 Truck Series Title in Homestead

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Matt Crafton won the battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway while Erik Jones won the war. Crafton started the Ford EcoBoost 200 – the season finale for the Camping World Truck Series – from the pole position and led a race-high 93 laps en route to one more victory in 2015. However, that effort wasn’t nearly enough …

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Off the Wall With: Tyler Reddick

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On the spot this week: NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series championship runner-up Tyler Reddick. What’s fun besides racing? Tyler Reddick: I really don’t do a lot aside from racing. I enjoy physical activities. I like to run, I like to bike, either mountain or road. I used to play a lot of video games but …

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Matt Crafton Wins Pole for 2015 Truck Series Season Finale at Homestead

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The series championship may be out the window for Matt Crafton, but he doesn’t plan on backing down in the final weekend of the 2015 Camping World Truck Series season. With a lap of 32.229 seconds, Crafton secured his 11th career pole, fourth of the season and first at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a truck returning from …

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