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Entry List: Consumers Energy 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are 40 teams entered.  No one will have to pack up and go home after qualifying. There are a number of changes for this week.  Trevor Bayne will be back in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6, replacing Matt …

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Entry List: Gander Outdoors 400

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After a thrilling finish between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Pocono Raceway for the second time this season on Sunday, July 29. 39 cars are on the preliminary entry list this weekend with some notable changes. Premium Motorsports will enter two …

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Entry List: Quaker State 400

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After a chaotic race at Daytona International Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for a primetime event on Saturday, July 14.  The Quaker State 400 will be the second consecutive night race for the series and the fifth of the 2018 season. 39 cars make up this weekend’s entry list, …

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Entry List: Coca-Cola 600

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600.  41 cars are on this week’s entry list, meaning that one team will go home without racing for the first time this season. Matt Kenseth returns to the No. 6 car …

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Brandon Jones, Cole Custer Lead Two XFINITY Practices at Bristol

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Brandon Jones and Cole Custer paced a pair of NASCAR XFINITY Series practices Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. In the first session, Jones’ No. 19 for Joe Gibbs Racing ran a quick lap of 15.495 seconds (123.833 mph) around the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece, Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric rounded out …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Bayley Currey Impresses in Series Debut

Bayley Currey

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Prior to Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, not many people knew the name Bayley Currey. Some people still may not know who he is. Currey, 21, recently moved to the Charlotte area to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, transferring from Texas State University. While schooling …

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Entry List: 2018 Rinnai 250

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

For Saturday’s XFINITY Series Rinnai 250, there are 43 cars entered.  As a result, three teams will fail to qualify. As is the norm these days with the eligibility rules, there are a number of changes.  At Chip Ganassi Racing, Kyle Larson is out of the No. 42 Chevrolet and John Hunter Nemechek will make …

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BJ McLeod Plans 2 Full-Time XFINITY Teams in 2018

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In 2016, BJ McLeod started B.J. McLeod Motorsports, hoping it would turn into something special. Two years later, and the driver-owner is excited to be heading to Daytona International Speedway with new racecars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In a SiriusXM NASCAR radio interview on Saturday, Jan. 20, McLeod confirmed that Ryan Ellis, Caesar Bacarella …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Rick Ware Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The deaths of HScott Motorsports and Tommy Baldwin Racing following the 2016 season left a void in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In 2016, only 40 cars showed up most weekends to compete. All of the sudden, three of them vanished and left the series with just 37 full time teams for 2017. Rick …

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The Underdog House: Where was the Outrage… For Corey Lajoie?

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Corey Lajoie Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Think Small Checking out social media on Monday, there were a lot of posts expressing outrage at Matt Kenseth being parked Sunday at Kansas for having too many crewmen working on his car after damage put him on the five-minute clock.  Kenseth’s disqualification took him out of the playoffs in what may be his last …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson/Harrelson Photography Inc.)

Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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Beyond the Cockpit: BJ McLeod Planning to Move Ownership to Cup in 3-5 Years

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Since 2011, BJ McLeod has made steady progression up the racing ladder. Starting in super late models and having won numerous races and championships, McLeod quickly found himself racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2010 to 2014 before jumping to the XFINITY Series in 2015. For 2016, the 33-year-old took to full-time competition in …

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