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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Gase Bk Racing Corey Lajoie

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

Clint Bowyer 2017 Daytona

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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Brendan Gaughan to Attempt Daytona 500

2016 Atlanta Nxs Brendan Gaughan Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

According to a report from Las Vegas Review-Journal, Brendan Gaughan will attempt the Daytona 500 for the first time since 2004. The two-time XFINITY Series winner said he will partner with team owner Mark Beard in an unknown-numbered Chevrolet to qualify for the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway in February. “Jay Robinson, the …

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TRG Returns to IMSA Full-Time in 2017

2017 Iwsc The Racers Group Car Credit The Racers Group

(Credit: The Racers Group)

Thursday evening, The Racer’s Group (TRG) announced its full-fledged return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting with the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona. In addition, TRG is returning to Porsche after running Aston Martins since 2013 in Grand-Am.  The team has acquired a Porsche 911 GT3 R and will campaign the new car in the …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Pace Laps: Stewart’s Comeback, Gaughan’s Milestone and Le Mans Fever

2016 Michigan I Cup Tony Stewart Pack Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart’s Well-Needed Michigan boost – After a rough string of races entering Sunday’s FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Tony Stewart put one together. Qualifying third, Stewart instituted a story for the afternoon: What can Smoke do from here? Would he fall outside the top 20 fast or burst into the race …

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Pit Stops For Hope Takes to the Track to Combat Poverty

2016 Charlotte I Nxs Brendan Gaughan Car Credit Rcr

(Photo courtesy Richard Childress Racing)

Ray Wright wants race fans to be appalled this weekend. In fact, Wright wants everyone to be appalled at something that is happening in the very backyards of the race teams in the Charlotte area and across North Carolina. Wright, who is pit crew coach for Richard Childress Racing, says that child hunger is a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Brendan Gaughan on 2016 and Beyond

2016 Atlanta Nxs Brendan Gaughan Helmet Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Currently fifth in NASCAR XFINITY Series Points, Brendan Gaughan provides his Richard Childress Racing team with a veteran presence in the driver’s seat.  Gaughan, 40, has had a strong season, in position to make the first XFINITY Chase yet he’s been at the center of speculation about whether 2016 will be his last season in …

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2-Headed Monster: Heat Races … Are They Worth It?

2016 Richmond I Nxs Erik Jones Car Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

NASCAR is in the midst of a brand-new experiment this season: heat races in the XFINITY Series. NASCAR has used heat races before in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, using multiple races to set the starting lineup for the main event, but until 2016 the NXS ran full-length events, lap one to lap …

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Off the Wall With: Brendan Gaughan

2016 Atlanta Nxs Brendan Gaughan Matthre T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

We’re back for season two of Off the Wall With… and we’ve got five brand-new questions for your favorite racing personalities!  This week: XFINITY Series veteran Brendan Gaughan. What was your first race car and what number was it? Brendan Gaughan: My very first racecar was a little Superlite buggy for the desert that had …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Winners & Losers in the New XFINITY, Trucks Chase Formats

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President Barack Obama started his presidential campaign prior to 2008 with the words “Change we can believe in.” Change occurs generation after generation, making adaptations to new technologies and resources available throughout the world. As the world continues to develop, NASCAR has been in the midst of reaching a new generation of fans for quite …

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