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Truckin’ Thursdays: Is William Byron Better than Erik Jones?

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William Byron stormed out of the gate with a dominant win in the opening Chase race, proving he is a strong favorite for the championship, much like Erik Jones was with Kyle Busch Motorsports last season. Under the leadership of Rudy Fugle, Jones’ championship crew chief from 2015, Byron has surpassed anyone’s expectations and reached …

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Standalone: NASCAR’s Minor Leagues Bring Intrigue in Chase Openers

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While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened their Chase last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series made their playoff debuts this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Opinions on the post-season being implemented for each series varied, but fans and critics alike were hard-pressed to come …

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William Byron Stomps the Field at New Hampshire

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After winning the pole earlier Saturday morning, William Byron didn’t have far to go to reach the front of the pack. That’s where he stayed for 161 of the race’s 175 laps. Building a large lead late in the race Byron had to weave through lap traffic, costing him valuable track time. His Kyle Busch …

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William Byron Wins Pole For Inaugural Truck Series Chase Race

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In the final round of qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series, William Byron posted a lap of 132.864 mph, which awarded him the pole. The five-time winner this season was fastest in all three rounds. Over a tenth of a second behind Byron was Timothy Peters (132.374 mph), who will start alongside the No. …

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2-Headed Monster: Which Inaugural Chase Will Be More Intriguing, Trucks or XFINITY?

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When NASCAR announced it was expanding its Chase playoff system to the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series earlier this year, fans weren’t sure how to react. On one hand, the Chase awards a championship based on the performance of seven races, and many wonder whether that cheapens the championship. On the other hand, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Future of Hendrick Motorsports Continues to be Uncertain

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Jimmie Johnson soared to the lead at Chicagoland Speedway this past Sunday, showcasing speed that hasn’t been present with the No. 48 car in nearly a year. While some speculate that Johnson has lost his magic touch with the new Chase format, he was bringing his Hendrick Motorsports car to the front of the pack …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Busch Wins as Chase Field Is Set at Chicagoland Speedway

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.139 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric to score his second win of the season in Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota survived a 14-minute red flag and a flurry of late-race restarts to head to Victory Lane. …

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John Wes Townley, Daniel Hemric Lead the Way in Chicagoland Truck Practices

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KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 06: John Wes Townley, driver of the #05 Jive Communications Chevrolet, wins the Keystone Light Pole Award during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

John Wes Townley led the opening practice of a pivotal weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the Camping World Truck Series at a speed of 175.182 mph. Townley, winless on the season, is in a must-win scenario in order to make the inaugural Chase for the championship in the Truck Series. Five-time winner and championship leader …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers 25 or Younger Who Could Win Sprint Cup Titles

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If this season has any theme, it’s that this sport is alive and well with young talent who have bright futures. So far across NASCAR’s three national series, rookies have won multiple races, posed a legitimate threat for their own series championship, and pulled into Victory Lane for the first time. While Kyle Larson isn’t …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Teams Need to Go Crazy for Silly Season?

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Silly Season has been rather tame this far in 2016, but there’s still time for teams to make changes.  Which teams need a shakeup the most, and should it be driver, crew chief or something else? John Douglas, Contributor: It’s abundantly clear that the No. 5 team of Hendrick Motorsports needs a huge shakeup. The …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kevin Harvick Wins 24 Hours of Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – A funny thing happened on the way to crowning one of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers (or affiliate team) the 2016 Sprint Cup champion: the 2014 winner issued a statement at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick has had some strong cars this season, but the runs were derailed through a …

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Double Take: Hendrick Motorsports’ Toyota Coup

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With William Byron announcing he’ll be racing for JR Motorsports in 2017, it sent shockwaves through the sport. Few expected this, Byron jumping ship from Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. He seemed on pace to become the next Erik Jones, following his slightly older teammate into Cup via JGR or a Toyota alliance. But …

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