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Truex Wins Darlington in Dominating Fashion

DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – You might say that it was Martin Truex, Jr.’s day in the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup race on Sunday.  If you did say it, you would be correct.  Truex led 248 of 293 laps and the last 105 in totally dominating fashion.  He first took the lead on Lap 22 and only gave it up during pit stops or cautions.  Kyle Larson cut into Truex’s often large lead over the final 30 laps, coming as close as two car-lengths down the stretch. But the Joe Gibbs Racing driver held him off for his second victory of the season.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 8:28 PM, 05.09.2021

Allgaier Takes Darlington in Good Humor

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 8, 2021 – RIS) Justin Allgaier was in a good humor as he left Darlington Raceway following the Steakhouse Elite 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, appropriately so, because the winner's Jr Motorsports car carried a Dale Earnhardt Sr Good Humor throwback paint scheme and his driver's suit resembled a Good Humor man's white suit and bow tie.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.08.2021

Sheldon Creed Avoids the carnage and Wins Darlington Truck Race

DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Sheldon Creed passed Ben Rhodes during a three-lap shootout and held on to win a NASCAR Camping World truck race at Darlington Raceway on Friday night. In what became a crash fest, the reigning champion showed what he had late and came away with the trophy. It was the first win of the season since winning the championship at Phoenix last year.
He wasn’t much of a factor until the final laps as crashes — including a 17-car pileup with 30 laps left — knocked out several stronger cars including points leader John Hunter Nemechek.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 11:38 PM, 05.07.2021

NASCAR Next Gen Cars Unveiled

(CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 5, 2021 – RIS) Some people will not be pleased, but the new NASCAR Next Gen series of cars got unveiled today by all three manufacturers in Cup Series competition. Multiple changes are coming in nearly all aspects of the cars, from suspension and gearbox to the body and brakes.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 PM, 05.05.2021

Kyle Busch Sweeps Kansas with Cup Win

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kyle Busch did the sweep at Kansas Speedway this weekend.  After winning the NASCAR Camping World truck race on Saturday, He came back on Sunday with a stage win and a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday in a wild finish that saw Kyle Larson make a mistake and finish out of the top ten finishers.  Maybe it was the fact that it was Busch’s birthday. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 8:38 PM, 05.02.2021

Kyle Busch Wins Two Overtime Truck Race at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS- RIS – Kyle Busch won another truck race.  It’s not surprising, but he had to fight for it this time with strong competition from his teammate John Hunter Nemechek Ross Chastain, and others. Busch seemed to have his 61st NASCAR Camping World truck race in the bag in regulation, but Jenifer Jo Cobb’s truck stalled near pit road, setting up an overtime finish. Busch didn’t get going at the start of overtime and when another caution came out, he found himself in fourth place for the second overtime after several trucks passed him because of the slow start.  This time he stayed high and passed the three trucks ahead of him and won the Saturday race at Kansas Speedway.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:21 PM, 05.01.2021

Keselowski Wins Talladega Cup Race on Late Pass

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – In what looked like a carbon copy of the last lap of the Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski didn’t tangle with a teammate this time.  He made a clean pass of Matt DiBenedetto and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Keselowski is the ninth driver to win through 10 NASCAR Cup races this season and avenged the embarrassing Team Penske gaffe in the season-opening Daytona 500 when he and teammate Joey Logano triggered a last-lap crash as Keselowski tried to pass Logano for the victory. Keselowski led just one lap, the last one, in a race that featured 35 lead changes among 27 drivers

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:34 PM, 04.25.2021

Jeb Burtron Gets His First Xfinity Win at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – The rain held off in Talladega until the end.  With a few laps to go, it started raining much harder.  It rained so much that the race couldn’t be finished with the daylight left (Talladega has no lights).  Whoever was in first place was going to win.  That winner was Jeb Burton.  Burton got his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday Burton got his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday when heavy rain halted the action with 23 laps left, securing his first high level win since a truck race in 2013. Burton got his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday when heavy rain halted the action with 23 laps left, securing his first high level win since a truck race in 2013.

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 8:20 PM, 04.24.2021

Bowman Steals Richmond Cup Race Win on Sunday

RICHMOND, VA – RIS - Alex Bowman took the lead with 10 laps to go and went on to win the NASCAR Cup Toyota Owners 400 race at Richmond.  The race had been dominated by three drivers – Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex, Jr., and Joey Logano until a caution came out late in the race.  A good pit stop put him in a position to pass Logano and Hamlin and charge on to the victory.

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:43 PM, 04.18.2021

Series Leader John Hunter Nemechek Beats Boss in Richmond Truck Race

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek passed teammate Chandler Smith with 17 laps to go and outran team owner Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday.  Nemechek, the series point leader, gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its fourth consecutive victory in the series but deprived Busch of a victory at the only track where he hasn't won in the Truck Series. Busch also was trying to become the only driver to win in all three of NASCAR's top series on the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval.

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 5:25 PM, 04.17.2021

Martin Truex, Jr. Wins at Martinsville - Second Win of the Season

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – It was a Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske kind of day.  In the end, a colossal battle between two JGR drivers found Martin Truex, Jr. getting by Denny Hamlin for the win.  All in all, it was a classic Martinsville Speedway battle in the NASCAR Cup Blue Emu Total Pain Relief 500.

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 PM, 04.11.2021

Lucky 13 for Josh Berry at Martinsville

(MARTINSVILLE, VA – April 11, 2021 – RIS) The rain-interrupted Cook Out 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at Martinsville was 'lucky 13' for Josh Berry, the winner, in his 13th career series start. Second place finisher Noah Gragson won the Dash for Cash $100,000 bonus.

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 3:34 PM, 04.11.2021

NASCAR Postpones Racing for the Second Straight Day at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - For the third time in 2021, NASCAR has postponed a race due to weather.  The Blue Emu 500 NASCAR Cup Series race will be run at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 11th.  The trace will be broadcast on FS1.  Denny Hamlin was leading the race with Joey Logano second when the rains returned.  The Cup cars were only able to complete 41 laps after the track was dried.  The original 8:00 start was pushed back because of track drying.

The Xfinity race which was postponed on Friday night due to rain will now be run at 4:00 PM on FS1.  Both races were started when inclement weather forced them to be stopped.

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 10:56 PM, 04.10.2021

Joey Logano Wins the First NASCAR Cup Dirt Race in 51 Years at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – It wasn’t easy, but Joey Logano became the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to win a dirt race In 51 years.  Logano took the lead late in the second stage and won the final stage and the race.  Conditions were iffy all week due to large amounts of rain that caused flooding in the parking lots of the racetrack, but inside, fans were treated to a good show and a surprising winner. Logano drove away from Denny Hamlin during the 50-lap final stage and drove away from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Hamlin on a two-lap restart to end Monday's rain-delayed race.  The race was the first Cup Series race on a dirt surface since 1970.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:02 PM, 03.29.2021

Martin Truex, Jr. Wins the Truck Race at Bristol in Dominating Fashion

BRISTON, TN – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.  He was in the No. 51 truck from Kyle Busch Motorsports.  It was his first truck series race since 2006, and his first Bristol checkered flag at Bristol. Truex dominated the race winning all three stages.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 3:09 PM, 03.29.2021

Ryan Blaney Wins Atlanta Cup Race Outrunning Kyle Larson

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Ryan Blaney took advantage of a late-race pit stop, beating Kyle Larson out of the pits.  Larson, who had dominated the race, winning the first two stages, saw Blaney looking smaller and smaller in the view out of his windshield.  Blaney had been strong all day and running in the top five, but the win a surprise.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:17 PM, 03.21.2021

Allgaier Holds Off Truex for Atlanta Xfinity Win

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Justin Allgaier punched his ticket to the Xfinity Series playoffs on Saturday by winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Allgaier led the final 27 laps and held off Cup Series regular Martin Truex Jr., who settled for second after recovering from a pit road speeding penalty with less than 50 laps to go.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:41 PM, 03.20.2021

Busch Prunes Atlanta Truck Race

(Hampton, GA - Kyle Busch dominated the Fr8 Auctions 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading 102 of the 130 laps, taking the final checkered flag over four seconds ahead of Austin Hill, who was over five and a half seconds ahead of John Hunter Nemechek. "It's just a part of good people, having good people. Coach (Joe Gibbs) always says you have to have good people to have success. We’ve had great people, and we’ve had good people too and it’s just a matter of evolving. This sport is ever-changing. Six months from now the setups will be different again. It’s cool to have fresh ideas, different concepts and things that we can continue and try and continue to improve. It's good to see John Hunter (Nemechek) come home with another top-three today with him racing for a championship this year, that’s important. Certianly, I want to give a shoutout to Samantha (Busch) and Brexton (Busch) at home. Brexton is racing tomorrow, so he didn’t make it this weekend, so good luck buddy. Thank you to Rowdy Energy, Murphy USA for being on board today.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 5:38 PM, 03.20.2021

Truex Wins Phoenix Cup Race over Logano

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. held off Joey Logano to win the NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday afternoon.  Truex beat the four championship finalists from last year. He had failed to advance into the season-ending finale for the first time in four years and could only watch as Chase Elliott beat Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski for the title at the desert oval. All four tailed Truex across the finish line.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 7:59 PM, 03.14.2021

Cindric Wins Late Two-Lap Shootout in Phoenix Xfinity Race

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Austin Cindric held off Jason Allgaier and Ty Gibbs on a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix.  A late caution bunched the field together to what became a race to the finish. Cindric took the outside lane with Allgaier right behind.  As the green flag was shown, Allgaier looked to get to the outside of Cindric, but the marbles near the wall slid his car into the wall.  Gibbs, the 18-year-old grandson of JGR owner Joe Gibbs, challenged on the inside, but it wasn’t enough as Cindric crossed the finish line first for the win.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:14 PM, 03.13.2021

Hendrick Throwback Paint Scheme Works for Larson

(Las Vegas, NV - 07 Mar 2021 - RIS) In almost a reply of last week's victory by teammate William Byron, Kyle Larson drove the No. 5 Ricky Hendrick throwback painted Camaro to a dominating win at Las Vegas, leading 103 of the 267 laps in the Pennzoil 400. In his fourth race after a suspension last season, he continued the demonstration of ability he showed in running a series of sprint and midget races while going through the sensitivity training required by NASCAR after a 'slip of the tongue' during an online race last year.

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:06 PM, 03.07.2021

A.J. Allmendinger Scores an Xfinity Win in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – A.J. Allmendinger won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.  It was the first win in his comeback season after spending some years in television commentary recently. The victory was the sixth in the Xfinity Series for Allmendinger, who retired at the end of the 2018 season rather than drive for an uncompetitive team. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:51 PM, 03.06.2021

Nemechek Beats Busch for Vegas Truck Win

LAS VWGAS, NV – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek led early and led often and late to win the NASCAR Camping World truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday night. He our ran his truck owner Kyle Busch who finished second.  It was the first win for Nemechek on the 2021 season. Busch, NASCAR's biggest race winner over the past decade, had thoroughly dominated the NASCAR Truck Series and was the favorite to win his fourth straight truck race at Las Vegas. But John Hunter Nemechek got the better of his teammate and boss Friday night, winning in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 12:09 AM, 03.06.2021

Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon Win Daytona 500 Qualifying Races

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Aric Almirola won the third starting position for Sunday’s Blue Green Vacations Duel qualifying race.  Almirola held off a charge from Joey Logano thanks to a push from Christopher Bell to win the first Duel qualifying race on Thursday night. Almirola had control of the race for the final laps, but it was only a matter of time before Logano made a move from second.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 1:23 AM, 02.12.2021

William Byron Takes Homestead-Miami NASCAR Cup Race

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – William Byron came to the party late but came powerfully.  Byron won the second stage of the Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup race and checked out in the final laps of the contest on Sunday. The 23-year-old driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet checked out from the rest of the field as the laps ran down. Byron’s win gives the circuit three different wins in three races.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 02.28.2021

Myatt Snider Gets First NASCAR Xfinity Win at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Myatt Snider inherited the lead late in the race when leader Noah Gragson ran into the back of a slower car with two laps remaining.  He went on to victory in overtime.  It was the 26-year-old driver’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series win and was a win for Richard Childress Racing’s organization, it’s first of 2021. Snider celebrated his first victory in 36 starts with a reverse lap around the 1 1/2-mile track.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:22 PM, 02.27.2021

North Carolina to Allow 30 Percent Capacity for Coca-Cola 600 on May 30

CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2021) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials announced a plan Wednesday to allow outdoor sports venues, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, to host events with fans up to 30 percent of their capacity, beginning Feb. 26. The announcement paves the way for a limited number of fans to be part of the action when NASCAR’s best return to America’s Home for Racing for the first-ever tripleheader weekend – featuring the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Alsco Uniforms 300 and historic 62nd running of the Coca-Cola 600 – at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 28-30.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:54 PM, 02.24.2021

Christopher Bell Wins First Career NASCAR Cup Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Christopher Bell won his first career NASCAR Cup race in the O’Reilly 253 race on the Daytona International Speedway road course.  Joey Logano had gone out to a lead as Bell, who had taken tires on a late caution, motored by him late in the race and went on to victory.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 7:41 PM, 02.21.2021

Rookie Ty Gibbs Wins Xfinity Road Course Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Ty Gibbs, grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs notched his first victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by holding off Austin Cindric at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. The race was held on the road course there, and it was supposed to be a two man race between Cindric and road ace A.J. Allmendinger.  The 18-year-old Gibbs had something to say about that.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:55 PM, 02.20.2021

Rhodes Doubles at Daytona

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 19, 2021 – RIS) Ben Rhodes came back to Daytona after winning last week’s Camping World Truck Series race with hopes of giving Toyota the manufacturer’s 200th series win, his second win in two weeks at the speedway and another win for ThorSport Racing after the team changed manufacturers between seasons. Despite starting on a wet track after heavy rain in the afternoon with rain tires mounted and windshield wipers going, the race ran fairly smoothly until the third stage, with triple restarts at the end but Rhodes held on for his fifth series victory. “It’s unbelievable. I don’t have words for it,” he said. “I don’t even know what to say. This is so cool. I just have to thank my team. The Bombardier Tundra was fast all day. ThorSport Racing gave me a truck that handled this year and we were fast. Rich (Luches) is a really good crew chief. It’s good to be paired up with him and all of the guys on my team. I’m just thrilled. I don’t know what to say. I’ve been on cloud nine all week, so it’s above that. I’m just so happy.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 PM, 02.19.2021

Michael McDowell Wins the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Michael McDowell won the 63rd Daytona 500 on early Monday morning after a spectacular wreck on the final lap.  As the last lap unfolded, Joey Logano was leading with Brad Keselowski close behind.  McDowell was behind Keselowski.  When Keselowski made his move, he was being pushed by McDowell, and the extra speed that resulted made Keselowski’s attempted pass put him into the rear of Logano’s car, spinning both of them in a fiery crash.  McDowell was able to hold off Chase Elliott for the win.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 1:35 AM, 02.15.2021

Austin Cindric Wins on Daytona's High Banks in the NASCAR Xfinity Series

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -RIS -In a battle of the last survivor, reigning Xfinity champion Austin Cindric won the Beef, It’s What’d for Dinner 300 with crafty moves on the final overtime lap. Cindric had been up front all day, starting on the pole.  Cindric led the final laps of a two-lap overtime shootout following a late caution in the race, titled the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:08 PM, 02.13.2021

Ben Rhodes Wins the Spring Truck Race at Daytona in Dramatic Fashion

DAYONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ben Rhodes made a daring pass to get by Troy Roper to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  In a race filled with crashes and mishaps, it was an awesome victory.  The fourth win of his Truck Series career was his first at the 2.5-mile Florida track.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 10:59 PM, 02.12.2021

Probable Daytona 500 Lineup (Unofficial)

Unofficial starting lineup, Daytona 500:
 Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet
2) William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet
3) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Ford
4) Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
5) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota
6) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota
7) Ryan Newman, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford
8) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light #TheCrew Ford
9) Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford
10) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota
11) * Ryan Preece, No. 37 Cottonelle Chevrolet
12) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
13) Kyle Larson, No. 5 Nations Guard Chevrolet
14) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford, 63
15) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 iFly Chevrolet, 60

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 2:41 AM, 02.12.2021

Alex Bowman Wins Daytona 500 Pole

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Same old thing, as they say.  Alex Bowman will sit on the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500 for 2020.  It was his fourth consecutive front row start in the Great American Race.  Bowman claimed the pole with a lap of 191.261 mph.  Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron qualified second with a lap of 190.219 mph to lock in a spot in the Daytona 500. This is the seventh time Hendrick Motorsports swept the front row for the 500.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:25 PM, 02.10.2021

The Candy Man Can - Kyle Busch Steals the Busch Clash

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Kyle Busch scored a surprising preseason victory Tuesday night in the Busch Clash exhibition, avoiding a crash between front-runners Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, to kick off the NASCAR Cup Series season with the annual exhibition held for the first time on the Daytona International Speedway road course.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:31 PM, 02.09.2021

Team Penske NASCAR Media Day Transcripts

Team Penske held a media day on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  Full transcripts of the crew chief and driver interviews can be found in the NASCAR press PR section of the main menu.  This is the start of many media day leading up to SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway in February.

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Volume 2021, Issue 1, Posted 10:58 PM, 01.27.2021

A Different Way of Looking at NASCAR's Cup Championship

(CONCORD, NC - NOV 25, 2020) - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 7:24 PM, 11.25.2020

Testing at Charlotte - The Next Gen Cup Car Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CHIP GANASSI RACING’S, KURT BUSCH, is participating in a two-day Next Gen test held by NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch met with media via teleconference to discuss his thoughts after the first day of the test, what he’s learned from the test so far, and more. Martin Truex, Jr. is also testing the non branded car.

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Volume 2020, Issue 11, Posted 9:05 PM, 11.16.2020