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NASCAR’s Next-Gen Cars To Be Raced in iRacing Pro Invitational Darlington Event

iRacing at Talladega

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Last time, it was youth over experience that headlined the iRacing Pro Invitational Series entry list. This time around, it will be experience meeting the future. Race fans will see the NASCAR Next-Gen race cars take to the virtual track for the first time on May 5, as iRacing has added them into their service. …

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Bobby Labonte Wants Bragging Rights in SRX Series

2020 Hall of Fame Induction

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Just over one month ago, Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart announced the formation of a new racing series, that being Superstar Racing Experience. SRX won’t run a single race until summer 2021, but Evernham wants to focus on reducing aerodynamics, in turn rewarding driver skill and mechanical grip. Over the past month, SRX has shown …

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Bobby Labonte to Compete in SRX

Bobby Labonte

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Another driver for the Superstar Racing Experience has been revealed. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte will race for the series next summer, SRX announced Aug. 12. Labonte joins series co-creator Tony Stewart, NTT IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan and former IndyCar competitor Paul Tracy in the driver lineup. The 2000 Cup Series champion has 21 …

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Bobby Labonte Putting Years of iRacing Experience to Use in Fun, Non-Weird Return to Joe Gibbs

Bobby Labonte

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After four years of retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, Bobby Labonte is back. Well, kind of. Since the NASCAR season was suspended due to COVID-19, Labonte has been competing in the Pro Invitational Series on iRacing. “Well, my first thought was, whenever racing Atlanta [Motor Speedway] got shut down for the time being — …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Bobby Labonte Examines Career, Highs & Lows

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, Bristol.

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the Monday matinee (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway where Joey Logano put a whippin’ on the field en route to his second victory of 2019. Spoiler alert, we didn’t like the action we saw, and neither did Kevin Harvick, who once again overcame pit …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

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Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2017?

15 February, 2016, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Brian Vickers (14) ©2016, John Harrelson / NKP

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Time for another game of sifting through the long list of NASCAR national series drivers who didn’t make an appearance in 2017! After beginning this series in 2015 and continuing in 2016, this space will again chronicle the list of competitors who ran in one of the three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, …

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Up to Speed: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Series Challenge”

Voting Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Earlier this week, the NASCAR Hall of Fame announced the five members of its ninth class, to be inducted in January 2018.  The five inductees are Robert Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier, and Ron Hornaday.  The 2018 class is typical in that it reflects some consensus picks and maybe one or two surprises, …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s House of Cards Falling Down?

Think Small The news that’s trickled in through the last week should be making everyone in the sport take pause and think about the health of several of its teams.  The snowball got rolling last week when it was reported that Tommy Baldwin Racing was in the process of selling its charter to Leavine Family …

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Double Take: Jeffrey Earnhardt Not Only One Carrying on Legacy Sunday

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For a few months it looked like one of the most iconic names at Talladega Superspeedway would be absent from this weekend’s festivities. The Earnhardt name has a long and rich history at the facility, one that has won over 20 races in several different series over the past three decades. However, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s concussion …

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The Underdog House: Smaller NASCAR Teams Could Use Factory Support


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Think Small It’s a given that NASCAR’s small teams don’t have the money and equipment that the bigger ones do. But a closer look reveals there is another piece of the puzzle missing many people don’t think about: factory support. While several of the smaller teams do have alliances with larger ones, manufacturer funding is generally reserved …

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The Underdog House: Why NASCAR’s Small Teams Matter

2016 Pocono II CUP Chris Buescher Bob Osborne trophy Logan Whitton NKP

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The teams covered in this article each week aren’t likely race winners (though many of them certainly can—and on occasion have—win if circumstances dictate). However, NASCAR is about more than winning.  Consider the amount of preparation that one of the sport’s elite teams has to put into bringing a racecar to the track, race ready, each week—it’s …

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