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Rookie Roundtable: The Class of 2017 On Racing NASCAR’s Top Series

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, In Usa Sunday 23 July 2017 Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stanley Toyota Camry, Michael Mcdowell, Leavine Family Racing, Wrl General Contractors Chevrolet Ss And Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Dow Molykote Smart Lubrication Chevrolet Ss World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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How bright is the future in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series?  Judging by this year’s rookie class, you might want to invest in some good sunglasses.  The Cup Series features five rookie drivers this season, racing for some of the sport’s bigeest teams as well as some smaller organizations.  While Erik Jones and Daniel …

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Gray Gaulding, BK Racing Deal Up in Smoke: How Their Futures Impact NASCAR

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Saturday 13 May 2017 Gray Gaulding, Bk Racing, Dr Pepper Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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On paper, BK Racing is a small, underfunded Toyota team, and Gray Gaulding is a teenager many NASCAR fans had never heard of before this season. But in their quest for survival, a closer look at their deal turned sour opens a Pandora’s Box of financial questions for modern-day stock car racing. It’s a different type of …

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The Underdog House: Sponsorship Changes on the Horizon?

2017 Richmond I Cup Michael Mcdowell Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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Think Small With Target pulling out of motorsports after this year, it leaves just two NASCAR teams on the circuit using a single primary sponsor for all 36 races. Jimmie Johnson‘s No. 48 has backing from Lowe’s (and Kobalt Tools, manufactured and sold by the store) while the No. 11 run by Denny Hamlin has FedEx.  That leaves …

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Brickyard 400 Entry List

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Pucker up, folks. It’s that one week of the year when kissing dirty bricks is something that every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver wants to do. The MENCS heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 at the 2.5-mile track in Speedway, Ind. on Sunday, July 24. There are 41 cars on the preliminary …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Quaker State 400

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After a weekend of restrictor plate racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400. The trip to Sparta, Ky. marks the only trip there for the MENCS field this season. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list, …

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Gray Gaulding Signs with Premium Motorsports for Two Races

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In a tweet sent out Monday morning, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Gray Gaulding announced he will pilot the Premium Motorsports No. 15 Toyota Camry at Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. No official release has been posted by the team at this point. However, Gaulding’s tweet to his personal account …

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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

Elliott Leads Daytona 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend. A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast …

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Ryan Sieg to Make Second MENCS Start at Michigan for BK Racing

2016 Nascar Xfinity Series, Kentucky

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Ryan Sieg will be making his second career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway after his first one at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago, this time taking the wheel of the No. 23 Toyota. Sieg has two top fives in his first four seasons of full-time NASCAR XFINITY …

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Beyond the Cockpit: All About Improvement for Gray Gaulding in Rookie Campaign

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Saturday 13 May 2017 Gray Gaulding, Bk Racing, Dr Pepper Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Late into the NASCAR off-season, Gray Gaulding found himself in a predicament, where he landed a ride at BK Racing. However, he knew it would be a struggle. Running in only 15 combined NASCAR races between 2014 and 2016, Gaulding was jumping into a ride that finished 34th in owner standings, with David Ragan, a veteran …

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Crew Chief Patrick Donahue Confident with Growth of Gray Gaulding, BK Racing

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va Usa Saturday 29 April 2017 Gray Gaulding, Bk Racing, Sweetfrog Toyota Camry And Patrick Donahue World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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When you’re a crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, you must gather knowledge of racetracks, racecars, rules, pit crews and car setups to have a shot at the competition. But when you’re working with a rookie driver like Patrick Donahue is, a chunk of the crew chief’s attention turns to mentorship. For …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

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Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

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Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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