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Cody Erickson to make NASCAR
Truck Series debut at Eldora

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Cody Erickson poses for a photo in front of his Eldora racetruck. Erickson will make his Truck Series debut July 23.

Cody Erickson will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the No. 82 Empire Racing Chevy later this month at Eldora Speedway.


Newman scores second top-five in three races

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Ryan Newman sits in his car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday.

“Great effort for the Caterpillar team and everybody at RCR and ECR,” Newman said post-race to TNT Sports. “Not the end that we wanted, but we ended the best position we were all day.”


End of an era for Turner Network Television

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The green flag drops on Sunday’s race at New Hampshire. The race would be the final for TNT.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TNT broadcasted its final NASCAR event. The telecast ends a 32 year run for Turner Sports.


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Morgan Shepherd: NASCAR’s outlier

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Morgan Shepherd sits in his Nationwide ride at Dover International Speedway.

The journeyman driver, who is the oldest driver to ever start a Cup race, will continue to make his already NASCAR record a little more untouchable with his start Sunday.


889 down, one to go for Terry Labonte?

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Terry Labonte (left) talks with Ryan Newman before the start of the 2014 Sprint Unlimited. 2014 will be Labonte's last season in NASCAR.

In a career spanning 37 years, Labonte finished top-ten in points 17 times, scored 22 wins, and won two championships with two different owners.


Daytona crashes a testament
to NASCAR safety changes   

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David Gilliland leads the field during the parade laps before the start of Sunday's Coke Zero 400. Despite the carnage, no drivers were injured in the race.

No one can question the incredible strides NASCAR has made in safety over the past decade plus. 

However, cars are machines and only so much can be implemented to try and keep the drivers inside safe.


Daytona qualifying stirs controversy,
discussions on safety and format

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Greg Biffle, Justin Allgaier, Terry Labonte, and others wait on pit road to start their qualifying effort Friday.

The purpose of qualifying is to get the fastest possible lap, which make the strategy in this new group format interesting, and seemingly less safe than it should be.


Junior has to wait one more
day for a possible sweep

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. salutes the fans during driver introductions Saturday. Earnhardt Jr

If Dale Earnhardt Jr. captures the checkered flag in today’s rain delayed Coke Zero 400, the third-generation driver will join a short list of NASCAR drivers who have won both Daytona races in a single season.


Smaller teams maximize qualifying at Daytona

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David Gilliland at Daytona International Speedway Friday. Gilliland scored his third career pole, and first for Front Row Motorsports. 

Four drivers, all running for underfunded programs, will lead the field to the green flag Saturday night at Daytona.

Bobby Labonte, Landon Cassill, and Reed Sorenson, qualified fourth, third, and second respectively, while David Gilliland, a 75-1 favorite to win, earned his third career pole and second at Daytona.


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The Writer’s Block:
RCR, Kentucky, and “The Great Equalizer”

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A.J. Allemdinger (47) leads a pack of cars down pit road at Kentucky Speedway.

This week, our writing staff takes a look at three more hot topic issues and weigh in their thoughts.


Kyle Larson “pretty confident” on chances of making Chase
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Kyle Larson leads a pack of cars at Kentucky Speedway Saturday.

Rookie-of-the-year candidate Kyle Larson, who currently sits 13th in points heading into Daytona, likes his chances of qualifying for this year’s Chase for the Cup.


Several looking for first restrictor plate win
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NASCAR returns to Daytona Beach, Florida this week. 

When the green flag drops on Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, several Cup veterans will be aiming to capture their first points-paying checkered flag at a restrictor plate track.


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Q and A with ESPN’s Allen Bestwick 

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Allen Bestwick has been covering NASCAR since 1999.

Dominic Aragon talks with ESPN's lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick about his job, this season, and what's in the future for the legendary announcer.


 Kennedy reflects on Sonoma, 
planning more races

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Despite a DNF at Sonoma Raceway, Alex Kennedy is looking towards the near-future.


The Writer’s Block: 
Edwards, Stewart, and the winless

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Our writing staff takes a look at three hot topic issues and weigh in their thoughts.


Best Era in NASCAR History? OR is the Sport Hurting Worse than Ever?

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesMatt Kenseth at Sonoma Raceway. The Home Depot will not return to NASCAR next season.

Let’s rewind back to seven years ago. It was February 5th, 2007. A new NASCAR show debuted on ESPN. With most of the “main stream” “stick and ball” sports having their own shows, it was great for NASCAR fans to finally have sport included with the others.



Junior posts best finish at Sonoma

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third at Sonoma Raceway Sunday, tying his career-best finish at a road course event.

Earnhardt Jr. ran as high as second place, pressuring A.J. Allmendinger for the lead early in the race.


Sonoma road ringer report

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A.J. Allmendinger races rookie Kyle Larson early in Sunday’s race. Allmendinger led a race high 35 laps, but damage in a late race scuffle relegated the driver to 37th, two laps down.


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Sonoma Raceway has produced nine different winners the last nine seasons. Will that streak be extended to ten?

With only a handful of races left in the regular season, time is ticking for opportunities to punch a ticket to NASCAR’s post-season. But for drivers on the outside looking in, this weekend’s race may provide an opportunity to close the gap.


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Marcos Ambrose: ‘We all know what is at stake’

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Marcos Ambrose turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Ambrose’s two career wins have come at road racing.

If Marcos Ambrose can win Sunday, he knows the victory will lock his team into this year’s playoffs.

But the rewards for a win Sunday might go beyond 2014.  Not only could Ambrose have a career-best season, but a possible win could help the driver in his contract negotiations.


Stewart, Harvick continue to make gains
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Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick sit on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After inconsistent starts to 2014, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick appear to have turned the corner.

The Stewart-Haas Racing teammates have both steadily climbed in points over the last few weeks.


Andy Lally making a return to NASCAR

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Andy Lally, who hasn't run in NASCAR since 2011, will be returning with VIVA Motorsports.

Andy Lally will be back in a stock car this weekend at the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America, according to his Twitter page.


Lone wins: An in-depth look at active drivers

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Paul Menard captured his second checkered flag in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Saturday. Yet, the Cup veteran has only scored one career Cup victory.

Paul Menard had a strong showing at Michigan International Speedway over the weekend.  After securing the second win of his career in Saturday’s Nationwide Series event, Menard had a solid top-five in the Cup race Sunday.

Menard now has two wins in the Nationwide Series, yet only one in Sprint Cup—but it was a memorable win to say the least.


Can Greg Biffle repeat at Michigan?
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Greg Biffle will start 18th Sunday in his quest to claim back-to-back Spring wins at Michigan International Speedway.

Biffle enters the race with a 35-race losing streak and ranked 14th in points. 


Montoya qualifies, will race Sunday
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Juan Pablo Montoya turns laps at Michigan International Speedway. Montoya will make his first start of the season Sunday.

After a seven month absence from NASCAR, Juan Pablo Montoya will race in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Montoya, running the No. 12 car for Team Penske, will make his first start of the season, qualifying 28th for Sunday’s race.

Furniture Row Racing, Truex Jr. turning corner

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Martin Truex Jr. turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Truex Jr. has scored two consecutive top-ten finishes.

After a rough start to 2014, Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 78 team have scored two consecutive top-ten finishes.

According to Truex Jr., the single-car team from Denver, Colorado has shown glimpses of competitiveness in 2014, and the results do not show the full picture. 


Remembering Jason Leffler one year later

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It was one year ago this week NASCAR veteran Jason Leffler was killed in a sprint car race at Bridgeport Speedway.

Leffler had been knocked from his Nationwide and Truck Series ride in the span of eight months. Yet, the driver returned to the grass-roots levels of racing, running various short tracks to continue his love of competing.


Kasey Kahne: The Hendrick Motorsports Lone Wolf
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In the new win-and-you’re-in playoff format, Rick Hendrick is all but guaranteed to have three of his drivers in the Chase come mid-September. The lone wolf on the outside looking in, Kasey Kahne, has yet to win a race this season and currently sits 21st in points.

Dale JR wins Wild Pocono 400

Dale Earnhardt, Jr wins the Pocono 400 @ Pocono Raceway


                Some people say that luck is the combination of preparation, and opportunity. And that’s exactly what got Dale Earnhardt, Jr to victory on Sunday afternoon in the Pocono 400. Two drivers led more laps than the 88 car, but Dale Jr led the most important one, the final one. Dale Earnhardt Jr wins his 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, locking himself into the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, and giving himself his first multi-win season since 2004. READ MORE

Kyle Larson Wins the Pocono ARCA 200

              The only Sprint Cup driver in the field on Saturday in the ARCA race at Pocono, was Kyle Larson, and he sat on the pole and won the race. Larson was driving for Turner Scott Motorsports and was able to edge out Mason Mitchell off of the final restart to claim his first ever ARCA Racing Series win.

                Following Larson in the field, was Mitchell, who pulled out to an advantage off the restart, but then Larson was able to track him down. A very tired, John Wes Townley, who drove the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Texas on Friday night, finished 3rd. Fourth was Will Kimmel, and Justin Allison finished 5th... READ MORE

Paul Menard setting up a Chase run

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Paul Menard turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Statistically, Menard is having a career year.

If the Chase started today, Paul Menard would qualify for the playoffs.


Splitting Wood: Who Will Drive the Wood Brothers car in 2015?

Once Roush Fenway Racing announced that 2011 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne, would be to the Sprint Cup Series, full-time in 2014, it left us to wonder who will take over the famous and legendary #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.

                Bayne has been piloting the Wood Brothers car since the fall Texas race in 2010. It was a time where they were running a partial schedule, and became a subsidiary team to Roush Fenway Racing, which is what landed the young Bayne the ride.

                Now that Bayne is moving on, let’s take a look at the candidates to replace him:

RCR: A season to forget or a future to look forward to?

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With the 2014 NASCAR regular season halfway finished, the picture of Chase contenders is

starting to look clear-cut.


Multi-car incident ends Biffle, Stenhouse Jr.’s day

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Roush-Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were collected in a multi-car accident in Sunday’s Dover race.

A.J. Allmendinger and Stenhouse Jr. made contact in turn two on lap 135. The chain reaction wreck also involved Landon Cassill, who received a bump from Ryan Truex as both tried to avoid the wreckage and debris on the track.

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      Jimmie Johnson Quiets All Critics With Win in Coca-Cola 600

             The 55th running of the Coca-Cola 600 started and ended with the same driver in leading the field. Jimmie Johnson won his 67th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, starting in the pole position. He was able to hold pass Matt Kenseth down the back stretch with nine laps to go and go on to the victory. For Johnson, it’s been a tough start to his 2014 season, and a lot of people in and outside of the sport were questioning if that 48 team is still a legitimate threat for a championship. 

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Ryan Hunter-Reay wins Exciting Indy 500

It’s the Sunday before Memorial Day. For most people, they’re watching baseball and going to family barbeques. It’s also a time for us to remember all of our troops, and former troops who have fought to keep us free, and be happy on days like today.

                Race fans are especially excited. For them it starts with the Grand Prix of Monaco, and the Indianapolis 500, and of course, on the NASCAR side, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

                This Indianapolis 500 started off like every one since 1972, with one of America’s favorite fictional military men, Gomer Pyle himself, actor Jim Nabors singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the last time. It was a beautiful sunny day in Indianapolis, and once the balloons were released, it was time for some action packed racing.


Jeff Burton, Michael Waltrip Racing planning more races

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Jeff Burton has not done much racing this season. The NASCAR veteran’s lone start came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. But he’s not done.      READ MORE

No One Likes A Teacher's Pet: My Take on the Sprint Fan Vote

               Remember back in elementary school, that kid that sucked up to the teachers and was the teachers’ favorite? Let me ask you, do you remember ever liking that kid, or that kid ever having friends?

                Friday night after the Sprint Showdown, the prelude to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race on Saturday night, we learned that Josh Wise, from little Phil Parsons Racing won the Sprint Fan Vote.

                For those of you that don’t know, three drivers transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race from the preliminary Sprint Showdown. The top-2 finishers from the race, and a driver voted on by the fans, which already isn’t in that top-2... Read More

All-Star Weekend: Who’s in, who’s out?

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Danica Patrick is among the notable drivers not locked into this year's All-Star Race.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 400 @ Kansas Speedway Results

Kansas Sprint Cup Qualifying Results

Blaney seeing improvement, eyes Kansas

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Ten races into the season, the Sprint Cup point standings show veteran driver Dave Blaney mired to 48th overall with two starts this season—but what those numbers don’t show are the strides the  Randy Humphrey Racing single-car operation is making, according to Blaney.  READ MORE

Q and A with Joseph Wooten

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The Steve Miller Band's Joseph Wooten talks about the upcoming tour and NASCAR with The Racing Experts

Finishing Results for the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega

Finishing Results for the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega

Qualifying Results for the Aaron's 499

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega SuperSpeedway

Front Row Motorsports trying for a repeat

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David Ragan turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Ragan and teammate David Gilliland set
their expectations high for Sunday's race.
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Q and A with Hank Eskin

Where does your money come from and go after you spend it?

That question pondered Hank Eskin, who went on to start up

Eskin recently talked with The Racing Experts about his unique website, how it has garnered national attention through outlets including USA Today and The New York Times, and of course, NASCAR.    READ MORE

                                       NASCAR Needs to Take A Different Approach to Fight

                                                                                                By, Brandon Caldwell

            After the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday Night, there was an altercation that took place between Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears.

            As the television coverage on FOX was wrapping up, fans saw Marcos Ambrose punch fellow driver, Casey Mears in the face, leaving Mears with a black eye.

            Following the altercation, NASCAR fans went crazy all over twitter and Facebook all having different opinions on the way that they think NASCAR should handle the situation between the two drivers...Read More

Finishing Results for the Toyota Care 400 @ Richmond International Raceway


Swan Racing Situation Smells a Lot Like Bobby Ginn

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Two-in-a-row for Chase Elliott

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Finishing Results for the 2014 VFW Sport Clips 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Darlington

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10+ Race Winners Unlikely in Current or Future NASCAR Sprint Cup Seasons

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Will 2014 Produce the First Rookie Chaser in 8 Years?

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Logano: “We've been in contention every race
this year”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race cut short
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car on fire from the lap 13 wreck. Earnhardt Jr. said driver error caused the wreck.
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Troubles continue for Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick (left) at Phoenix. Harvick's average finish over the last five races is 33.0.
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Win and you’re in! Or are you?

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NASCAR’s new Chase format is being questioned by a strong field.
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Don’t give up on Parker Kligerman yet

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Parker Kligerman currently ranks last in points relative to the other drivers who have started all six races this season, but our Brandon Caldwell  weighs in on the positives.
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Q and A with... Jeff Gluck

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1/9 of the way through: Reviewing the Top-10

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Stenhouse Jr., Almirola post career best finishes at Bristol

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Mike Joy Interview

2014 NSCS Rookie Phoenix Breakdown and 

Las Vegas Preview

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PREDICTION: The Rookie Class of 2014

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Daryl Harr’s Raceday Cut Short

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2014 NSCS Rookie Daytona 500 Breakdown and Phoenix Preview

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2014 Sprint Cup Top-30 Previews:

    No. 19 Paul Menard                           No. 20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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No. 21 Aric Almirola                             No. 22 Austin Dillon

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Q and A with: 94 Rock's Swami Rob

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2014 Sprint Cup Top-30 Previews:

No. 23 Brian Vickers              No. 24 Kyle Larson
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Geoff Bodine continues to stay busy

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2014 Sprint Cup Top-30 Previews (cont.):

No. 25: A.J. Allmendinger        No. 26: Marcos Ambrose
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   No. 27: Casey Mears                   No. 28: Danica Patrick
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  No. 29: David Ragan                 No. 30: David Gilliland

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Q and A with: Joseph Wooten

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Q and A with: Pete Shepherd

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Preview - 2013 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Race 17
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What a Year it has been for AJ Allmendinger

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Most "Road Ringers" That are Running the Sprint Cup Race at Sonoma Since 2005

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Q and A With: Alex Kennedy

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Geoff Bodine Shows no Signs of Slowing Down

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Joey Logano's Move to Penske Will Produce Results

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Gordon, Keselowski, Pattie Fined After Phoenix

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NASCAR to Trois-Rivieres? 
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XXXtreme Motorsports to Debut at Phoenix

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Robinson-Blakeney Racing for Sale

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 NASCAR is a Sport

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FAS Lane Preparing for 2013

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 Geoff Bodine Retires from NASCAR

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Jeff Gordon's Season in Review

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