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A Driver’s Perspective: 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Fantasy Schedule

2016 Richmond I Nxs Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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After the release the 2017 NASCAR schedules, one thing is clear: there are very few changes across the sport’s three national divisions. As expected, five-year deals with racetracks at the Sprint Cup Series level prevented any major changes. Additionally, there were few changes in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Over time, the …

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Entry List: Toyota Owners 400

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400

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This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series makes its first visit to Richmond International Raceway for a scheduled day race since 1997 (Note: There have been multiple races run on Sunday afternoons since then, most recently last year, but they were all due to rainouts).  For this race, 41 cars have entered, meaning that someone could go …

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Ryan Ellis to Compete at Daytona for FDNY Racing, Working on Sprint Cup Series Plans

2014 Richmond Ii Nns Ryan Ellis Cia

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FDNY Racing will be back for its 17th season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Ryan Ellis, who has driven for the Jim Rosenblum-owned team since 2014, will return to the seat of the No. 28 Chevrolet for the season-opener at Daytona in February. Ellis, 26, made 11 starts in the Truck Series last …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Does 2016 Schedule Bring Enough Changes?

2015 Pocono 1 Pocono Turn 3 Credit Anthony Lumbis Sr.

Photo Credit: Anthony Lumbis Sr., Frontstretch

It could have been an opportunity for a change, pleasing fans left and right. Instead, the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule has been left largely unchanged for 2016, shocking nobody. Fans have been voicing their displeasure for quite some time about the lack of stand-alone events on the schedule. Let’s face it: Having five whole standalones is …

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Underdog Ryan Ellis Set for Sprint Cup Series Debut at Phoenix

2014 Richmond Ii Nns Ryan Ellis Cia

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For the first time in his NASCAR career, underdog Ryan Ellis is scheduled to compete in the Sprint Cup Series. Ellis, 25, will make his NSCS debut in the No. 33 for Circle Sport Racing in the Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The Virginian announced the news on …

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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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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Paying the Bills?

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Nature’s Bakery, a sponsor new to the sport, signed on to sponsor Danica Patrick in 28 races next season. Is this reason for optimism about new sponsors entering the sport, or more of an isolated instance? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think sponsor shelling out the $20 million or so for a top-flight team like …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Ryan Ellis Making His Mark

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Camping World Truck Series driver Ryan Ellis is a man of many talents. From the obvious behind the wheel to spotting and even marketing and sponsorship conversations, the 25-year-old has set out to make a name for himself in NASCAR, and he’s doing it by snapping up every opportunity that comes his way. In fact, …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 UNOH 225 at Kentucky

2015 Kentucky Cwts Matt Crafton Woohoo Cia

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In a Nutshell: Without a single lap on track before the green flag flew, Matt Crafton scored his fourth win this season in Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Ben Kennedy‘s No. 11 Toyota slid along the wall and catchfence, ripping a large hole in the fence with just five laps remaining. NASCAR made …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway

Nascar Camping World Truck Series Drivin' For Linemen 200

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In a Nutshell: When the dust settled and the two dominant trucks of the night sat idle off the track, Cole Custer was there to take the checkered flag in the rain-delayed Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park Saturday night. Custer took advantage of a missed shift by Tyler Reddick that stacked up …

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Ryan Ellis Recovering After Long Race at Texas Motor Speedway

After the checkered flag flew over Friday night’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400, MAKE Motorsports driver Ryan Ellis had to be pulled from his truck and carted off to the infield care center where he was treated and released for the flight home. Throughout the race, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet complained …

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