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Stewart-Haas Racing to Field Fords Beginning in 2017

Bye-bye, bow tie. hello, blue oval. Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday that its four teams will run Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2017. SHR has spent its entire existence with General Motors since the team’s non-Stewart inception under just Gene Haas in 2002, utilizing both the Pontiac and Chevrolet brands. The team has won two …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta Edition

The 2016 season is off to a running start and as expected there are plenty of hots and not-so-hots after a weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Just don’t expect every race this year to have the kind of finish we saw Sunday. HOT It’s often been said that baseball is a game of inches, but …

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4 Burning Questions: With Tony Stewart Out, Who Is Daytona’s Sentimental Favorite?

Zach Catanzareti takes a look at the four most important storylines entering Sunday’s Daytona 500: 1. WHAT TEAM WILL GEL BEST ON SUNDAY? Contrary to some popular beliefs, you must have friends to compete in plate racing. Without them – as seen in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited – you’ll go nowhere. Approaching 2016, the big …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Who’s in the headline – After being involved in an early caution Denny Hamlin played pit strategy to get to the front of the pack and stretched his fuel to the end of a green-white-checkered finish to take his third Sprint Unlimited victory. The vast majority of cars had damage during the evening but Hamlin’s …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

Dale Earnhardt Jr Bank of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Danica Patrick

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Poor Danica Patrick. Her 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season went about as well as could be expected. Not that it would take much to improve on what we saw during 2014, but, alas, the most recent year ended with what has become pretty much all-too-familiar results. No wins, no top fives, two top 10s …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: What Kobe Bryant and Jeff Gordon Have In Common

Joey Logano in the infield at Bristol Motor Speedway before the Irwin Tools Night Race

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Who knew Joey had two brothers hanging out in Houston as everyone knows @joeylogano is in Vegas today @WarrenVigus pic.twitter.com/XvBdq8ZJXB — Paul Stanifer (@PaulStanifer) December 1, 2015 I'm everywhere! Ha https://t.co/G3REFaPq0O — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) December 1, 2015 Joey Logano received an interesting tweet from one of his fans on Tuesday: a fan discovered who …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Announces Personnel Changes for 2016

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At Championship Media Day in Florida, Tony Stewart hinted at changes for Stewart-Haas Racing. On Monday, the team made those changes public. The No. 4 team for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 team for Kurt Busch will remain unchanged.  However, the Nos. 10 and 14 will see new leadership. Michael Bugarewicz has been named the …

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Context, Consistency & Dangerous Precedents

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Context can be a dangerous word but it is a word that is quintessentially appropriate to the asinine punishment meted out to Matt Kenseth by the powers that be. From all points across the NASCAR diaspora, the instantaneous reaction to Kenseth’s punishment after his wreck with Joey Logano last weekend was one of shock and …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Danica Patrick’s Penalty and Jeff Gordon’s 93rd Victory

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

I wonder what fans want to talk about this week. Maybe the fact that Jeff Gordon won under the cover of darkness at Martinsville? What else could have possibly happened to grab anyone’s attention? Oh, right. There was that whole 10 minutes where two of the sport’s major superstars had their cars turn into a …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Tony Stewart Chooses Interesting Costume for Halloween

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

https://twitter.com/VitoPugliese/status/661679672061640708 Twitter is full of everyone from fans, media, drivers and everyone in between sharing their opinions on Matt Kenseth‘s two-race suspension. Regardless of which side you stand on for both incidents, this simplified breakdown from our own Vito Pugliese says it all. It’s #NationalSandwichDay!! I’m getting a @jimmyjohns #10 no tomato to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/356Gz9bknY — …

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