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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Elliott Formidable Driver, Forgettable In FOX Booth

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With Speedweeks complete, we finally got a good look at the new rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta.  Admittedly, the result of the new package is very similar to what we had before.  Kevin Harvick kicked butt, but failed to win.  Of course, that’s the Cliffs’ Notes version of the …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins Plate Race NASCAR Survivor

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In a Nutshell: During the latest edition of plate race NASCAR Survivor, it looked like the veterans had the votes to knock off the youngsters. But after a Demolition Derby-type affair, stalwarts like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter quickly learned they didn’t earn immunity from the dreaded Big One. Ben Rhodes got bumped on the backstretch by ThorSport …

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Kaz Grala Wins, Matt Crafton Flips In Wild Daytona Finish

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In some ways, Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was 2016 all over again. You had a GMS Racing truck headed to Victory Lane with a fellow competitor flipping in his wake. It’s just that the driver holding the trophy now wasn’t even a full-fledged adult this time last year. Pole-sitter Kaz Grala was Friday …

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Change Racing Announces 2017 Lineup; Spencer Pumpelly Bounced

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On Thursday morning, the Robby Benton-owned Change Racing organization announced their 2017 plans for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The team will once again compete full-time in the GT Daytona class with their Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (last year’s car is pictured above), but there will be some changes. In the driver’s seat for the full …

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Kaz Grala to Compete for 2017 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year with GMS Racing

Kaz Grala will be moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis in 2017. The 17-year-old announced he will be competing full-time with GMS Racing, piloting the No. 33 truck next year after running nine contests in 2016. Grala joins championship-winning driver Johnny Sauter as the two confirmed drivers for …

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Kaz Grala Posts Career-High Finish at Hometown Track

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Westborough, MA sits 90 minutes south of Loudon, NH, the site of the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase race on Saturday. Though Kaz Grala is not a part of the playoff system, his  career-high seventh-place finish was special, coming at his home track. Grala has competed in seven races for GMS Racing in 2016. …

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Kyle Busch Scores First Martinsville Clock With Truck Series Win

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A plethora of on-track crashes. Double-file restarts time and time again. None of it could keep Kyle Busch from winning as his No. 18 Toyota broke through to take the checkered flag first at the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Saturday afternoon. The race is Busch’s first-ever NASCAR win at Martinsville Speedway in any of the sport’s top three …

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Kaz Grala, Claire Decker, Spencer Boyd Attempting Truck Series Debuts at Martinsville

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field will feature three new faces at Martinsville Speedway this upcoming weekend. As the Truck Series returns from a five-week hiatus, a handful of teams are taking advantage of returning to short track racing at the “paper clip.” Leading the way for drivers attempting their debuts at Martinsville is Kaz …

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NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR & Politics?

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The start of the NASCAR season has been wild to say the least. But in the lower tiers of NASCAR, things are just getting started. As the K&N Pro Series East finally completed its second event of the year, its young drivers are poised at a title run. Looking to make a name for themselves, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ben Kennedy Creating a Legacy of his Own

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Being born into NASCAR’s first family has had it perks for Ben Kennedy. The great-grandson of William H.G. “Big Bill” France Sr., founder of NASCAR, is on a mission. It’s one that is unlike any other that the sport has seen, and it includes working with the core group of NASCAR executives outside of racing – his …

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