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Happiness Is… R.A.S, Regulars, and Sochi

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Another week, another sense that the sky is falling on NASCAR. The stands this past weekend showed a less than stellar crowd in attendance. Whether that can be credited to the threat of rain and overall gloomy weather, the popularity of football, or the fact that Dover is not what it once was, it doesn’t …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Where Does Austin Theriault Go From Here?

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If you didn’t see Saturday night’s terrifying crash that ended in Austin Theriault being airlifted to University Hospital, it’s likely you’ve seen a replay somewhere by now. Obviously, the major emotion immediately following that accident was one of hope that he was alright, but once the driver of the No. 29 Ford was out of …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Worst Kind of Milestone and Missed Opportunities

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ONE: Missed opportunities When the champion driver hoists the wavy silver trophy above his head and the glitter cannon goes crazy at the conclusion to the Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway; if that wheelman is Kevin Harvick, the other three protagonists in the final four will rue the race at Dover International Speedway this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Elimination Races and Match Game ’78?

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We’ve made it through part No. 1 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. There are undoubtedly some disappointed drivers and disappointed fans. Our own Jerry Jordan is convinced that NASCAR’s happy that Jimmie Johnson failed to advance (but would never actually admit it). In all due respect, I doubt that. Even if Johnson is …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Nothing To See Here

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In the Dark Ages, there were “scientists” determined to find a way to turn dross metals into gold, back in an era when the periodic table, the bane of high school chemistry classes, was still centuries away. What fans saw at Dover on Sunday was NASCAR’s alchemists doing their best to contrive excitement when there …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas

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In a Nutshell: John Wes Townley took the checkered flag 3.827 seconds ahead of Timothy Peters to win Saturday night’s Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Townley managed to run great fuel mileage to have enough in the tank when those around him, including late-race leader Matt Crafton, ran out of gas. Ben …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Lawsuit Against Justin Boston Highlights Problems With Pay-to-Play

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When Kyle Busch Motorsports and rookie Justin Boston parted ways early last month, the 25-year-old implied the split was performance-based. While it’s not that surprising to see a rookie struggle in his first season behind the wheel in the Truck Series, Boston’s performance was nowhere near that of full-time teammate Erik Jones and part-time Daniel …

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Beyond the Cockpit: John Wes Townley Proving People Wrong with Title Run

2015 Martinsville I Cwts John Wes Townley Credit Amy Henderson

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Chicken is pretty good. For John Wes Townley, it has given him a career doing what he loves – racing cars/trucks for a living. But racing with his father’s company, Zaxby’s, slapped on his cars since his NASCAR debut in 2008, the Georgia native has lived a life full of harsh criticism. His wild hair and …

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Team Penske Sweeps Opening Zippo 200 Practice at Watkins Glen

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Team Penske swept the opening round of practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 on Friday, with Joey Logano besting teammate Brad Keselowski for the top spot. Logano, who is looking to win his first NXS race at the Glen, turned a lap of 122.452 mph. Keselowski, the 2013 winner of this race, ran …

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Alex Bowman to Relieve John Wes Townley in Xfinity Series Race at Indianapolis

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After filling in earlier in the season for the team, Alex Bowman will return to Athenian Motorsports this weekend. Today (July 23), the Xfinity and Truck series team announced that Bowman will drive the organization’s No. 25 Xfinity Series Chevrolet for this weekend’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bowman will replace regular driver …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Kentucky 300

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Brad Keselowski captured his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series season on Friday at the Kentucky Speedway in the Kentucky 300. Keselowski, who made his fourth start of the 2015 season, led 72 of the 200 laps that made up the race. Kyle Busch had the most dominant car of the evening as …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Closer Look At Danica Patrick’s FOX Debut

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Welcome back, race fans. I have to tell you, last weekend was frustrating as heck. Rain bites; it’s as simple as that. Here in Upstate New York, local racing was rained out Friday night due to severe thunderstorms. Sunday saw downpours in Michigan and Saturday saw the same in Illinois. Weak. Quicken Loans 400 Sunday’s …

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