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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Exposes Cracks In NBC’s Coverage

Cup Martinsville Martinsville Speedway Jeff Gordon

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Martinsville Speedway typically brings close quarters, tire issues and some frayed tempers.  Last weekend, we got some of that.  As far as I know, no punches were thrown.  Two drivers clinched their spots in the Championship 4 at Homestead for their respective series and fans on hand got a good show…most of the time. Goody’s …

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Tracking the Trucks: Johnny Sauter Makes Late Charge to Victory at Martinsville

In a Nutshell: Contreras Motorsports put together a truck with the help of JR Motorsports for Chase Elliott to get some valuable seat time around Martinsville Speedway. Elliott responded by putting the truck on the pole and leading the most laps in the race. Johnny Sauter started fifth but methodically worked his way forward, making …

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Johnny Sauter Wins Martinsville; Punches Ticket to Championship 4

Johnny Sauter Checkered Flag Martinsville 2016 Truck Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

With a Sprint Cup Series regular hot on his heels, Johnny Sauter did not skip a beat. The Daytona winner held strong, beating Chase Elliott to the line to grab his third Martinsville victory, second of the season and 12th of his Truck Series career “To get a win here in extra special,” Sauter said. …

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Ben Kennedy Confronts Ben Rhodes Following Martinsville Truck Race

2016 Chicago Cwts Ben Rhodes Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Tempers flared following the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, as Ben Kennedy confronted Ben Rhodes following Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200. Following contact from Rhodes with 23 laps remaining, Kennedy spun in Turn 2 before getting pounded by John Wes Townley. Continuing on to finish 18th, Kennedy, who is a current Chase driver, …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Looking Back at the 2016 Rookie Class … So Far, Part II

2016 Chicago Cwts Ben Rhodes Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Part I Austin Wayne Self No. 22 AM Racing Toyota Starts: 19 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 1 Average Start: 23.5 Average Finish: 19.9 DNFs: 4 The 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year entered the Truck Series full-time to pilot his family-owned truck and has spent much of the year running toward the …

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Ben Rhodes Tops Opening Truck Series Practice at New Hampshire

2016 Chicago Cwts Ben Rhodes Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In the last few minutes of opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ben Rhodes jumped a host of Chase drivers on the leaderboard to pace the opening session. The No. 41 Toyota posted a lap of 132.076 mph, the only driver to reach the 132 mph bracket. The first …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: 3 Kentucky NASCAR Races, 3 Different Results For FOX And NBC

2016 Kentucky Cup Pack Racing Sunset Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Last weekend saw three interesting races at the new-and-possibly improved Kentucky Speedway.  It’s pretty rare to see three completely different races in one race weekend. Before we start, FOX Sports announced on Wednesday that Shannon Spake has left ESPN to join the FOX Sports family.  The press release indicates that she will keep …

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Ben Rhodes Hungry to Showcase His Speed

Ben Rhodes

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

Entering Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Ben Rhodes had back-to-back top-5 finishes in his, so far, decent rookie Camping World Truck Series season. A thrilling fight to the checkered flag at Iowa Speedway gave the 19-year-old a fourth-place finish, while Gateway was home to Rhodes’ first career series pole …

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Ben Rhodes Sweeps NCWTS Practices, Abreu to Backup at Gateway

2016 Ncwts Ben Rhodes Cockpit Photo Matt Sullivan

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Ben Rhodes used a late mock qualifying run to top final practice and sweep the morning sessions at Gateway Motorsports Park. Rhodes, 19, completed a 33.148-second lap late in Saturday’s final session to lead the way for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter (33.208) ended the round second on the charts, with John Hunter …

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Ben Rhodes Quickest During First Practice at Iowa Speedway

2016 Camping World Truck Kansas

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Four days after losing 40 percent of its race shop, ThorSport Racing topped the speed chart in opening practice at Iowa Speedway. Three of the four team trucks were among the top 10 during the first practice at a racetrack since the incident. Practice One:  Looking for his first Camping World Truck Series victory, rookie Ben Rhodes paced the …

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Rookies and Veterans Fast in Truck Series Practices at Texas

2016 Atlanta Cwts Matt Crafton Truck Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After having the first of three practice sessions postponed due to NASCAR officials not being on the premises, the Camping World Truck Series finally got on track Thursday evening. It was a mixture of youth and experience that laid down quick laps in each session. Matt Crafton, two time winner at Texas, led the first …

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Cup Crew Member Suspension Highlights All-Star Penalty Report

2016 Charlotte Cwts Jesse Little Truck Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Penalties, suspensions, and warnings, oh my. NASCAR’s weekly report ran the gambit as a number of teams were docked for various infractions. Tuesday, NASCAR came down hard on the No. 30 Camping World Truck Series team of Jesse Little for illegal throttle body shafts and an illegal engine component, both of which were found during …

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