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Q and A with MRN’s Dustin Long

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Dustin Long talks with then-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008.

MRN's Dustin Long talk with The Racing Experts.

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Die-casts for the NASCAR die-hards

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Lucas Rodriguez’s company has been a partner with The Racing Experts since May. Here’s an in-depth look at the small business and the passion that drives it.

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Episode 6 of The Racing Experts Podcast is now up! Check the right side column or the "Podcast" tab at the top!


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.

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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.”

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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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Episode 5 of The Racing Experts Podcast is now up! Check the right side column or the "Podcast" tab at the top!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Episode 4 of The Racing Experts Podcast is now up! Check the right side column or the "Podcast" tab at the top. This week's episode features an exclusive interview with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Sean Corr!


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.

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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.

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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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Episode 3 of The Racing Experts Podcast is now up! Check the right side column or the "Podcast" tab at the top!


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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Episode 2 of The Racing Experts Podcast is now up! Check the right side column or the "Podcast" tab at the top!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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


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