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NASCAR alters driver participation rules for Xfinity and Trucks

NASCAR has once again reduced the pool of Cup Series drivers eligible to compete in Xfinity and Trucks and the number of races in which they may participate.

Beginning next season, drivers with more than three…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 21, 2019 at 5:40pm — No Comments

NASCAR alters driver participation rules for Xfinity and Trucks

NASCAR has once again reduced the pool of Cup Series drivers eligible to compete in Xfinity and Trucks and the number of races in which they may participate.

Beginning next season, drivers with more than three…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 21, 2019 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Denny Hamlin runs down Matt DiBenedetto for Bristol win

Hamlin, who started on the pole, got into second with 45 of 500 laps remaining then patiently ran down DiBenedetto, finally passing him with 11 laps to go. DiBenedetto remained close but could not get another chance to pass Hamlin back before the finish.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 17, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Denny Hamlin runs down Matt DiBenedetto for Bristol win

Hamlin, who started on the pole, got into second with 45 of 500 laps remaining then patiently ran down DiBenedetto, finally passing him with 11 laps to go. DiBenedetto remained close but could not get another chance to pass Hamlin back before the finish.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 17, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

NASCAR, Goodyear targeting 2021 for new tire in Cup Series

Goodyear has been working with NASCAR on plans to introduce a new tire in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2021. Instead of the 15-inch tires currently used, the targeted size of the new tire is 18 inches and the change would coincide with the introduction of the Generation-7 vehicle.

The impetus behind the change, according to…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 16, 2019 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Tyler Reddick to start at rear for tonight’s Xfinity race

Tyler Reddick will start at the rear for tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after his car failed inspection four times.

Reddick was not allowed to qualify, thus having to start at the rear. He…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 16, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives fiery plane crash

The Carter County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Earnhardt Jr.’s plane crashed on Thursday in Tennessee, and photos from the scene show the jet burning in a fierce fire with emergency workers on the scene.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 15, 2019 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Matt DiBenedetto won't return to LFR in 2020

In a statement released Thursday, DiBenedetto said, “I got the devastating news that I will not be able to return to Leavine Family Racing next season. Nonetheless, I can’t express how thankful I am for Bob, Sharon, Matt Diliberto and everyone at LFR and Toyota for allowing…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 15, 2019 at 12:14pm — No Comments

David Ragan stepping back from driving full time after 2019 season

After 13 consecutive seasons in NASCAR’s premier series, David Ragan will make 2019 his last as a full-time driver.

In a release Wednesday morning from Front Row Motorsports, Ragan, 33, said he will continue to race part time in…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 14, 2019 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Matt DiBenedetto to run Road America Xfinity race for JGR

DiBenedetto hasn't started an Xfinity Series race since 2016, but that'll change later this month at Road America.

He will pilot Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Xfinity Series…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 13, 2019 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Kevin Harvick has the fuel and takes the win at Michigan

Harvick had shown to have a fast car all weekend but had to pit in the first stage under green for a flat tire. 

He rallied back in the final stage, took…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 11, 2019 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Truex’s No. 19 fails pre-race inspection, crew member ejected

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota failed pre-race inspection twice on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. That means the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will drop to the rear to make his 500th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and lose a crew member (race engineer) for the race .

Truex was originally slated to start 15th after Busch…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 11, 2019 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Officials disallow qualifying speeds of both RCR entries at Michigan

NASCAR officials threw out the qualifying speeds of both Richard Childress Racing entries Friday after the two cars were found with unapproved alternators at Michigan International Speedway.

The No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon had qualified seventh and teammate Daniel Hemric’s No. 8 Chevy was 11th in Busch Pole Qualifying for Sunday’s…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 9, 2019 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Brad Keselowski tops Harvick for Michigan Cup pole

Brad Keselowski will start first in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN) after winning the pole in qualifying Friday.

The Michigan native claimed the pole position with a…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 9, 2019 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Jeffrey Earnhardt parts ways with sponsor IK9, won’t race at Mid-Ohio for JGR

The remainder of the 2019 racing season for Jeffrey Earnhardt is unclear after the grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt tweeted this morning that he has “parted ways” with sponsor…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 7, 2019 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Chase Elliott tops Truex at Watkins Glen for second straight year

In almost an exact replay of a year ago, Elliot deftly held off a furious charge from Truex, answering every challenge over the final 50-lap final stage.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on August 7, 2019 at 9:54am — No Comments

Jimmie Johnson gets new chief at Hendrick Motorsports

After finishing 15th on Sunday at Pocono Raceway and still winless in 2019, Hendrick Motorsports has decided to make a change at crew chief for…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on July 29, 2019 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Race lengths, additional details announced for 2020 Pocono doubleheader

Pocono Raceway’s piece of the 2020 NASCAR calendar was one of several highlights in the release of all three national series schedules in March. Saturday, more of those pieces fell into place.

Track and league officials shed light on some of the format and logistics for its Cup Series doubleheader weekend in 2020, announcing some schedule…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on July 27, 2019 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

NASCAR makes change to uncontrolled tire rule

NASCAR no longer will use the standard of an “arm’s length” from a crew member to determine if to penalize teams for an uncontrolled tire on pit road, removing that requirement from the rule book after complaints from competitors.

Tires will be considered uncontrolled if they create a safety issue or…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on July 24, 2019 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Justin Haley earns shock Cup win in rain-shortened Daytona race

A 17-car wreck on Lap 118 of a scheduled 160, considerably narrowed the list of contenders for the win in Sunday’s rain-delayed Coke Zero Sugar 400, but when the race was finally called for weather after 127 laps it was Xfinity Series driver Justin Haley who earned the win.…

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Added by Eddie Lopes on July 7, 2019 at 5:42pm — No Comments

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