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NASCAR's First Licensed Artist Sam Bass - 1961-2019

(CHARLOTTE, NC – FEB 16, 2019 – RIS) There is more sad news in racing today - long time friend of the sport and artist Sam Bass has lost his battles with diabetes, kidney failure and their complications.“It is with a sad heart that our family shares the news of our loss with the NASCAR community,” wrote Sam's wife Denise. “Sam Bass, a loving husband, father, and inspiration to us all, passed away earlier today. Thank you for your prayers during this very difficult time.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 5:38 PM, 02.16.2019

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Austin Hill wins First Truck Race at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Austin Hill won his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win in Friday night’s NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 1:25 AM, 02.16.2019

Joey Logano Makes "Impossible Pass" to Win Duel 2 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano completed a pass of several cars on the final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying race Gander RV Duel 2 and went on to win the race.  It made it a sweep for Ford I both qualifying races.  Keven Harvick won the earlier Gander RV Duel 1.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 PM, 02.14.2019

Kevin Harvick Takes Gander RV Duel No. 1 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Kevin Harvick made the No. 4 2019 Ford Mustang look pretty good.  Harvick won the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500, tabbed the Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:02 PM, 02.14.2019

Johnson Turns Menard and Wins the Advance Auto Parts Clash

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Jimmie Johnson, in a controversial move, tried to pass leader Paul Menard while causing a multi-car “big one,” and went on to a rain stopped Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.  With weather coming, Johnson moved below Menard and the cars touched, spinning out Menard and wrecking most of the field.  The race was quickly called due to rain showers, and Johnson was declared the winner.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 6:36 PM, 02.10.2019

William Byron Wins Daytona 500 Pole, as Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Qualifying

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – William Byron won the pole position for next Sunday’s Great American Race – the Daytona 500.  He will be joined on the front row with William Byron, another Hendrick Motorsports teammate.  In fact, the first four qualifiers were cars from the shops of Hendrick Motorsports.  HMS has been dominant over the years in Daytona qualifying.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 2:45 PM, 02.10.2019

Car Chiefs Face Suspensions for the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Car Chiefs for Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Chase Elliot (No. 9 Chevrolet), and Ty Dillon (No. 13 Chevrolet) have been ejected for the rest of Daytons Speedweeks.  All these cars failed pre-qualifying twice today.  Drivers also lose 15 minutes of final practice time.  This means they are gone for the Daytona 500.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 5:56 PM, 02.10.2019

Glen Wood, Patriarch of the Wood Family and Wood Brothers Racing Dies at 93

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Glen Wood, the founder of Wood Brothers Racing along with brothers Leonard and Delano Wood passed away early this morning.  Wood was a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  A former driver – he won four times at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. – Glen Wood founded the Wood Brothers Racing team with brothers Leonard and DelanoIn Wood’s first win at Bowman Gray Stadium in April 1960, he beat a field that included former champions Richard Petty, Rex White, Ned Jarrett and Lee Petty.

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Volume 2019, Issue 0, Posted 12:02 PM, 01.18.2019

Sad News: J.D. Gibbs Passes

J.D. Gibbs, son of JGR owner Joe Gibbs, has passed away at 49 years of age.  Gibbs died Friday after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Gibbs was a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing and was president of JGR from 1997 to 2015. JGR won four NASCAR Cup titles under his leadership with Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2015.

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Volume 2019, Issue 0, Posted 3:08 PM, 01.12.2019




NASCAR Champion Plans Complete VROC Series, Three Other SVRA Weekends

Southlake, TX (December 18, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), in collaboration with the ATF & Gunslinger race team, announced today that NASCAR Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will compete in at least six SVRA race meets in 2019. With Andrew Franzone, Skinner leads ATF & Gunslinger. The NASCAR star will enter a 1966 Corvette in SVRA’s new Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am series, as well as race his three Truck Series racers in Group 10 races. The race team also has Skinner’s sons, Jamie and Dustin, in leadership positions.

The VROC races will take place at Road Atlanta, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), and Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Skinner will also compete at three other stops on the SVRA schedule, events at Sebring, Lime Rock Park, and COTA. SVRA is also welcoming Skinner to make exhibition runs with his aero-engineered, “tricked out,” carbon-fiber Skinner Special Toyota Truck he drove at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) last June.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.19.2018



VROC Championship Includes Charity Pro-Am Races at IMS, VIR, and Road Atlanta

Southlake, TX (November 29, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that it would present a championship points series it calls the Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) in 2019.  VROC builds on the success of the SVRA Charity Pro-Am races that began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. Virginia International Raceway (VIR) hosted a second pro-am this past September. A new pro-am will be presented at the March 28-31 Road Atlanta weekend, making for a three-race series. Plans call for two championship trophies to be awarded – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.

All three races will benefit charity. The new Road Atlanta Charity Pro-Am will support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action. The organization focuses on those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families. The SVRA race weekend will run during their Month of the Military Child.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:02 AM, 11.29.2018

Hamilton Takes Final Race of Season in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—It only could be a fitting end for Lewis Hamilton as the Briton, already a five -time world champion, took the lead on lap 35 Sunday evening at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, concluding with a 2.5 second victory over Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen took third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 2:55 PM, 11.25.2018

Hamilton Takes 11th pole of Season in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton proved Saturday evening that even after a slow beginning, he can still become the king of qualifying as the Briton clocked a track lap record of 1:34:794 to take his 11th pole of the season, for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:47 PM, 11.24.2018

Logano Wins at Hometead and Claims the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Joey Logano kept saying he was the favorite to win the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship since his controversial win at Martinsville Speedway last month.  In fact, he reiterated that opinion when asked at Phoenix last week.  Sunday’s result says he knew what he was talking about.  In spades.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:49 PM, 11.18.2018

Tyler Reddick Wins 2018 Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Tyler Reddick, considered the underdog in the Xfinity championship race was hardly that on Saturday.  He outraced Ford’s Cole Custer, Toyota’s Christopher Bell, and fellow Chevrolet driver Daniel Hemrick, to win the Ford Ecoboost 300 and the championship with the victory.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:46 PM, 11.17.2018

Brett Moffitt Wins at Homestead and Takes Home the 2018 Truck Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Brett Moffitt is the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion.  He battled Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, and Justin Haley for the championship in the Ford Ecoboost 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Friday night.  Moffitt won by winning the 134-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile speedway in Homestead, Florida to become the first Truck Series champion to win the season finale since champion Jack Sprague won the season finale in the 1999 season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:59 PM, 11.16.2018

Speedway Christmas By the Numbers: Millions of Lights, Thousands of Cars, Countless Memories Made

tunnel of lights reflected in rain puddles - opening weekend weather is going to be fine.

More than 3.5 million lights strung across more than 3.75 miles make Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive a can't-miss attraction for fans looking to get into the holiday spirit.
-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C.  –When Charlotte Motor Speedway opens its doors for the eighth annual Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive this weekend, fans will be treated to the biggest and brightest holiday lights spectacle yet at the iconic speedway. Ushering in the return of one of the Southeast’s largest and most-anticipated holiday traditions, the show kicks off Saturday with the Egg Nog Jog, a holiday-themed 5K run through the lights, before visitors from across the country descend on the twinkling track for the drive-through show, which runs nightly through Dec. 31, but is closed Christmas Day.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 PM, 11.15.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix as the Final Four is Determinded

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a wild final elimination race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kyle Busch won for the eighth time this season to tie Kevin Harvick for the most Cup victories and possibly set up a head-to-head battle for the championship.  The road to get to the championship race was not easy for Busch or the other four who qualified.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:22 PM, 11.11.2018

Mello Yello Championships Awarded at Auto Club NHRA Finals

Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray - youngest NHRA Pro champion

Todd secured his first Funny Car career world championship during the opening round of eliminations; M. Smith locked-in his third Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship and fourth event victory of the season; Torrence made history by sweeping the Top Fuel wins during the playoffs; Gray clinched his eighth Pro Stock win of the season

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:48 PM, 11.11.2018

Verstappen Victory Cheated by Mistake As Hamilton Wins in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton takes the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen spins off the course following his collision with Esteban Ocon. Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

INTERLAGOS, Brazil- R.I.S.—Taking advantage of Max Verstappen’s error on lap 44, Lewis Hamilton went on to win his 49th career victory in the turbo hybrid era, at the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon with a 1.4 second victory over the Dutchman. Kimi Raikkonen finished in third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.11.2018

Christopher Bell Wins at Phoenix to Race for a Championship at Homestead

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Christopher Bell had to wait until the next-to-last race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series to punch his ticket to the playoffs.  He did it with a dramatic win at Phoenix.  Starting from 38th, Bell roared through the field to win the Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and advance to the Nov. 17 season championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.10.2018

Hamilton Takes 10th Seasonal Pole in Brazil

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INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S.—With a fifth world championship in the bag, Lewis Hamilton continued to impress with his performances, by taking pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Brazil with a 1:07:281 fastest lap Saturday afternoon, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 2:12 PM, 11.10.2018

Johnson and Alonso Discuss Car Swap

Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson at the 2018 Media Tour

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S POWER OF PRIDE CAMARO ZL1,was joined by two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso via Skype from Sao Paulo, Brazil during his media availability to discuss their impending ride swap in Bahrain. Full Transcript:

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 7:59 PM, 11.09.2018

Harvick Shrugs Off Penalty and Wins Phoenix Pole

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kevin Harvick came to ISM Speedway this weekend without his championship-winning crew chief and car chief but shrugged it off and won the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 1:27 AM, 11.10.2018

Harvick Dominates Texas to be the Second Driver to Race for a Championship

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick maintained his domination at Texas Motor Speedway with a impressive victory in Sunday’s AAA 500.  Harvick won both stages and a final pass of fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney was a thing of beauty.  After that, he just drove away and won his eighth race of the season (a career high) and became the second driver that will race for the 2018 championship at Miami Homestead Speedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:01 PM, 11.04.2018

WoO World Finals Heading to Final Day

Tim Shaffer had a good night at Charlotte on Friday

World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am Lights Up Friday Night
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars driver Tim Shaffer had a big night on Friday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Shaffer won his heat race and the dash prior to Saturday's World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am finale. (RIS-John Davison photos)

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 2:04 AM, 11.03.2018

Ryan Blaney Powers to Texas Pole

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FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Ryan Blaney might be out of the final four playoff picture, but he's still fast.  Friday's qualifying for the AAA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway saw Blaney win the pole position with a blitering speed of 200.505 mph in his Team Penske Ford, one of only two drivers to run at 200 mph.  The other was Clint Bowyer, who fell just short of his fellow Ford driver's fast speed.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:21 PM, 11.02.2018


2018 Corvair reunion at the Virginia International Raceway


Free Entry For Participating Car Owners    

Southlake, TX (November 1, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced it would present motorsports reunions to celebrate iconic marques throughout the 2019 season. The idea was tested with a Corvair reunion at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) weekend in September with outstanding results. The VIR event saw the largest number of racing Corvairs ever appearing at a single venue, and attracted new car owners to SVRA. VIR drew a record number of ticket-purchasing fans and automobile enthusiasts for its SVRA event. While motorsports reunions have traditionally been annual gatherings at single venues, SVRA is breaking new ground by showcasing such celebrations from coast-to-coast through the national platform of its 2019 schedule.

“Our vision since my first year with SVRA in 2012 was to move our sport from its dependency on entry fees as our primary revenue stream to focus on ticket sales and sponsorships,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “We have not raised the price of entry fees since 2012 while steadily growing our sponsors and the front gate.  SVRA is moving into the realm of mainstream motorsports and this new program is more evidence of that.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 AM, 11.01.2018

Verstappen Wins in Mexico; Hamilton Takes Fifth World Title

Lewis Hamilton peforms a donut in from of the Mexican fans flowwing his fourth place finish, taking his fifth world title, tying him with Juan Manuel Fangio. Photo by Getty Images.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—R.I.S.—Leading most of the race was no problem for Max Verstappen, who for the second year in a row, won the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, with a 17 second victory over Sebastian Vettel, with the German’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in third. But the day belonged to Lewis Hamilton, who by finishing in fourth place, took his Fifth world championship, tying Juan Manuel Fangio of becoming the second all-time winning championship F1 driver, next to Michael Schumacher.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 PM, 10.28.2018

Joey Logano Literally Beat Martin Truex Jr. to the Flag for First Data 500 Victory

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS   Joey Logano led the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway four times for a total of 309 laps in his #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, including retaking the lead from Martin Truex Jr. exiting turn four of the final lap with side-by-side bashing, to grab his 20th victory in 360 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and secure one of four spots to compete for the championship at Miami-Homestead.   After being bumped by Logano as they approached the start-finish line, Truex Jr slammed the outside wall and then wagged back and forth to slide across the line to finish a disappointing third as Hamlin slipped past for a second-place finish.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:25 PM, 10.28.2018

Ricciardo Takes Shocking Third Pole of Season in Mexico

Daniel Ricciardo (left) with Red Bull Racing manager Christian Horner following Ricciardo's pole in Mexico Saturday.

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico—R.I.S.—Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen, had dominated the entire weekend leading up to Saturday’s qualifying at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, and the latter had the chance to become the youngest pole sitter in history, but Ricciardo ruined that opportunity with a shocking last lap time of 1:14:759, to lead a Red Bull 1-2 in preparation for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton improved his chances to clinch his fifth world title by finishing third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 6:03 PM, 10.27.2018

Johnny Sauter Spanked the Youngsters to Take Texas Roadhouse 200

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS   Rookie Todd Gilliland started from the pole position of the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway, but 40 year-old veteran Johnny Sauter led three times in the #21 GMS Racing / ISM Connect Chevrolet for a total of 148 of the 200 laps to take his fourth victory at the famous paper clip shaped half mile track in southern Virginia.   Sauter finished first in all stages of this race on his road to domination over the field during a race that was completed in only 1 hour, 31 minutes and five seconds.  Sauter has now won 23 times in 241 Camping World Truck Series races.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 4:20 PM, 10.27.2018

Haas F1 Team Names Rich Energy For Title Sponsor From 2019

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After spending the last three seasons having their own brand of sponsor, along with very small ones, the American Haas F1 Team announced this week that they will for the first time in the team’s history, incorporate a brand-new title sponsor in the form of the British energy company, Rich Energy, which will begin starting in 2019.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 PM, 10.26.2018

'19 Rules Package Gets Checkout in Charlotte Tire Test

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Studying Up: Drivers Shake Down 2019 NASCAR Rules Package in Goodyear Tire Test
-- For Immediate Release -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Aric Almirola tested Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:11 PM, 10.23.2018