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2-Headed Monster: Is The Driver or The Car More Important?

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This week’s question is racing’s version of “the chicken or the egg” question: does the car matter more than the driver or does the driver make a bigger difference than the car? Motor Over Mojo There’s no doubt that both matter, but it’s clear that the machine makes a bigger contribution than the man (or …

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John Hunter Nemechek Claims 1st Career XFINITY Win at Kansas

2018 Kansas NXS John Hunter Nemechek Burnout Nigel Kinrade Photography

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John Hunter Nemechek became the third driver this season to park the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in Victory Lane for Chip Ganassi Racing, winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. It was his first NXS win for his career and the sixth for Ganassi in 2018. #ChipLikesWinners@JHNemechek | #KSL300 pic.twitter.com/32h3QqzbvV — Kansas …

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2-Headed Monster: Ryan Preece or Daniel Hemric, Who Will Have The Better Career?

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We’ve got our rookie class for the 2019 season. It was announced last Friday (Sept. 28) that Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric will both move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and compete against each other for Rookie of the Year. More rookies could be added to the list later, but the focus …

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5 Points to Ponder: A NASCAR ROVALution in Charlotte

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards/Pennzoil, wins at the Roval. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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ONE: Thank You Marcus Smith, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR A couple of years ago, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and director Marcus Smith, who also happens to be the general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, had an idea. “Why don’t we revive the old road course and race NASCAR on the Roval?” Smith said on …

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Up to Speed: Part-Time Pays off for Ryan Preece

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For the past several years, Ryan Preece has been forging a pathway to the national levels of NASCAR.  He demonstrated his talent in the Whelen Modified Tour, winning 12 times in 56 races from 2012-2015.  But when it came time to take on NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, Preece needed a way to increase his visibility on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards/Pennzoil celebrates his win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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Ryan Preece to JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Full-Time in 2019

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JTG Daugherty Racing announced Friday morning (Sept. 28) at Charlotte Motor Speedway that part-time XFINITY Series and Whelen Modified Tour racer Ryan Preece will take over the No. 47 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time in 2019.  In addition, team co-owner Tad Geschickter confirmed that the team will be running Hendrick engines …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Preece on Richmond, Full Throttle Weekend in New Hampshire, Future

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It’s a busy Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the trio of Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece break down a busy weekend of racing at Richmond Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece finished 18th at Richmond in Friday’s XFINITY Series race before driving north to New Hampshire, where he competed in the Whelen Modified Series race. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Sets Benchmarks with 3rd Straight Win & Penske 500th

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Autotrader celebrates his win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’re running for a championship, and Brad Keselowski is riding a huge wave of it after winning his third consecutive race and locking himself into the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Keselowski won the second stage and the race in a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Lucky Number 7

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light / Mobil 1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has done it again. For the third time in his seven victories this year, he swept all three stages of the race. Harvick led 108 laps, won every stage and beat the competition into submission. He became the second driver in 20 years to have seven wins through 23 …

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Entry List: Zippo 200

2016 NXS - Joey Logano Watkins Glen 2016 Photo NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Watkins Glen International on Saturday, Aug. 4 after a thrilling race at Iowa Speedway this past weekend.  Saturday will mark the first road course race of the season for the series, kicking off a month’s worth of left and right-turn tracks. 43 cars are entered in this week’s event …

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Erik Jones, Ryan Preece Add Craftsman Sponsorship

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA USA Saturday 24 February 2018 Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, DeWalt Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday morning (July 26) new sponsorship for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones and XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece from Craftsman Tools. Stanley Black & Decker, owner of the Craftsman brand, already has a relationship with JGR, with its DeWalt brand sponsoring Jones’ No. 20 and its Stanley brand …

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