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Kurt Busch Pilots SHR To Daytona Victory

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Patient Kurt Busch Wins Wild Daytona 500—Without looking back Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: DICK AYERS RACERSGUIDE.COM & GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 27, 2017-  His car damaged in a wreck on the backstretch and held together with tape, Kurt Busch grabbed the lead on the final lap of the 59th Daytona 500 on Sunday and took the checkered flag in the Great American Race as a capstone to a checkered career that has trended upward since Busch joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. In a race that featured the first test of…

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Sunday Daytona Notebook

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Despite The Crash That Took Him Out, Earnhardt Encouraged By Strong Performance Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: DICK AYERS / RACERSGUIDE.COM & GETTY IMAGES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 27, 2017-  Returning to action from a concussion that sidelined him for the second half of the 2016 season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading Sunday’s Daytona 500 at the halfway point, having passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for the top spot on lap 97 of 200. But both Earnhardt and Johnson were off-cycle on pit stops, and a trip to pit road was imminent. What Earnhardt…

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Saturday Daytona Notebook

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Tony Stewart’s Quick Wit Shines Through During Ford Press Conference Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 26, 2017-  Just because Tony Stewart has retired from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing doesn’t mean the co-owner of Stewart-Hass racing has lost his quick wit and sense of humor. Stewart’s penchant for repartee was in full evidence on Saturday morning when he answered questions from reporters during a Ford Performance press conference at Daytona International Speedway. Before Stewart could get into his shtick, however, he had to take some good-natured…

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Elliott & Hamlin Take Duel Victories

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Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin Win Action-Filled Can-Am Duel Qualifying Races Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE ERVICE Photos By: DICK AYERS / RACERSGUIDE.COM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 24, 2017- Daytona 500 pole winner Chase Elliott put an exclamation on his qualifying effort with a victory in Thursday night’s first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway. Elliott passed second-place starter Brad Keselowski for the lead on Lap 37 and held it the rest of the way—through a wreck that altered the positions of the two Open Team drivers trying to race their way into the field for the 59th running of…

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Daytona 500 Media Day Notebook

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FORD DRIVERS EMPLOY 'ISLAND HOPPING' STRATEGY Story By: REID SPENCCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 23, 2017-  Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski went island hopping last Sunday. If that sounds like a Caribbean vacation, or a way for the Team Penske teammates to relieve the accumulating stress from pressure-packed Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, guess again. Island hopping is the way Keselowski got to the front in Sunday’s rain-delayed Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. It’s the way Logano ultimately won the race. And it’s the way the Ford drivers hope…

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Earnhardt Jr. Pursues His Passion To Race

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Passion to Race Drives Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return to The Track Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 20, 2017-  Dale Earnhardt Jr. felt “wobbly” and didn’t know why. In his motor coach last July at Kentucky Speedway, Earnhardt felt the first hint of the concussion symptoms that would keep him out of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the last half of the 2016 season. He voiced his concerns to fiancée Amy Reimann. “I told Amy, ‘I feel wobbly,’” Earnhardt recalled on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.…

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Chase Elliott Edges Dale Earnhardt Jr. For Daytona 500 Pole

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Carries On The Family Tradition Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 19, 2017-  Winning back-to-back Daytona 500 poles is something of a family tradition, as Chase Elliott proved by the skin of his teeth on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The last driver to take a lap in the second and final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Elliott covered the distance in 46.663 seconds (192.872 mph) to edge Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by .002 seconds. The pole was the…

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Daytona Sunday Notebook

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Does Jimmie Johnson’s Daytona DNF Spell Trouble For Hendrick Drivers? Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES /NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 19, 2017-  Mr. Hendrick, we have a problem. Twice during Sunday’s rain-delayed Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway, Johnson spun without provocation off Turn 4. The first time, on Lap 17, he took out the No. 41 Ford of Kurt Busch. The second time, Johnson nosed into the inside wall near the entrance to pit road crashed out of the 75-lap exhibition race. Forget that Johnson failed to finish the Clash…

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Logano Brings Ford Back To Daytona Victory Lane

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Opportunistic Logano Claims Victory in Wild Clash at Daytona Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: DAN DEMARCO / RACERSGUIDE.COM & GETTY IMAGES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –February 19, 2017 - When Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin collided in Turn 2 on the final lap of Sunday’s rain-delayed Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway, Joey Logano was there to seize the moment. Charging to the outside and grabbing the lead near the entry to the Superstretch at the 2.5-mile speedway, Logano took the checkered flag 1.121 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch, who beat third-place finisher Alex…

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Chase Elliott Starting to Feel Comfortable With No. 24 Legacy

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Chase Elliott can’t make fans forget the legacy of the No. 24 car, but by all indications, he’s ready to make his own distinctive mark in that vaunted ride. Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR Charlotte NC.- February 17, 2017-The history of the No. 24 car is monumental, and Elliott inherited that ride last year from the driver who made it famous. The No. 24 has won 93 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 1,414 starts since the number debuted in 1950. All 93 victories belong to Jeff Gordon, who retired…

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NASCAR: New Damaged Vehicle Policy Instituted For 2017 Season

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Repairs to Injured Racecars in the NASCAR National Series’ Must Now be Completed Within a Five Minute Window. Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. — February 9, 2017- Seriously damaged race cars will no longer be allowed to continue in races in the three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series). NASCAR officials debuted a Damaged Vehicle Policy that will see the sanctioning body more tightly police the repairs that are made to crashed race cars. While teams will no longer be…

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Earnhardt Back On Track During PIR Testing

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Was On Track Testing on Tuesday at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. Press Release By: NASCAR MEDIA Photos By: GETTY IMAGES/ NASCAR AVONDALE, Ariz. –February 1, 2017-  Dale Earnhardt Jr. was back on track for the first time this year on Tuesday during testing at Phoenix Int’l Raceway. The 42-year-old North Carolinian was driving his familiar No. 88 Chevrolet as part of a two-day test for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. It was his first appearance in a race car since a private test in December that was required for him to receive medical clearance for his return…

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Earnhardt Jr. A Changed Man Ready For Action

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Newly Married Dale Earnhardt Jr. Eager to Start 2017 Season Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR CHARLOTTE, N.C. – January 26, 2017- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in his happy place. On New Year’s Eve, NASCAR’s most popular driver married long-time girlfriend Amy Reimann. The couple honeymooned on Maui and Kaua’i. But neither of those Hawaiian Islands tugs on Earnhardt’s psyche the way Daytona Beach does, and at long last, in mid-February, he’ll be back on track at the Birthplace of Speed, racing a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car for the first…

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Suarez Leads The Way For Diversity Class

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Daniel Suarez Should Provide Inspiration for New NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR CHARLOTTE, N.C. –January 26, 2017-  If the members of the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class need a beacon to guide them or a story to inspire them, they need look no further than Daniel Suarez. Unexpectedly, and at least a year ahead of schedule, Suarez earned a battlefield promotion into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series when Carl Edwards shocked the racing world with the January announcement that he was stepping away from…

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Matt Kenseth Looks to Capture Second Championship

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Kenseth Relaxed Amid Pursuit Of Second Cup Title Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR CHARLOTTE, N.C.- January 25, 2017-  Heading into his 17th full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, it seems as if Matt Kenseth is already in prime form. Kenseth is entering his fifth year for Joe Gibbs Racing and has another chance at capturing his second championship in 2017. The Cambridge, Wisconsin driver is coming off a 2016 that was filled with success, including two victories and 19 top-10 finishes over the 36-race season. He finished fifth in the…

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Tuesday NASCAR Media Tour Notebook

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Earnhardt Excited About Upgrades to Race and Points Formats Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: JEFF CLEMONS / RACERSGUIDE'COM & GETTY IMAGES CHARLOTTE, N.C. – January 24, 2017- Though he was sidelined for the second half of the 2016 season while recovering from a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained intimately involved in the conduct of NASCAR racing, figuring prominently in discussions that led to significant innovations in the race structure and points system for 2017. Henceforth, races in NASCAR’s top three touring series will feature three stages in each, with opportunities to earn both championship and…

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Johnson Adapts To NASCAR Changing Environment

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Jimmie Johnson Has Flourished in an Evolving Environment Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF CHARLOTTE, N.C. –January 24, 2017-  This isn’t the first time Jimmie Johnson will face an update in the competition model, but the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet isn’t vain enough to think NASCAR would try to “Jimmie-proof” its playoff formats just because he keeps winning championship. In the aftermath of the Monday night announcement of a stage-based race format and revamped playoff points system in all three of NASCAR’s national series, Johnson was the first driver…

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Love’s Travel Stops Extends With Front Row For 18 Cup Series Races

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Love's Travel Stops Will Sponsor the Front Row Motorsports No. 34, Which Will be Driven by Landon Cassill, in 18 NASCAR Cup Series Races. Press Release By: FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS MEDIA Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM STATESVILLE, N.C. —January 24, 2017-  Love’s Travel Stops has extended its successful partnership with Front Row Motorsports, joining Landon Cassill and the No. 34 team for 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The familiar yellow and red colors of the Oklahoma City, Okla., based company will return to the No. 34 Ford for a half-season schedule that includes the Daytona…

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NASCAR Outlines New Competition Format

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NASCAR Announces New Stage-Based Race Structure And Playoff Points System Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES /NASCAR CHARLOTTE, N.C. –January 24, 2017-  NASCAR has a new race structure and playoff points system, one that, in the words of Chairman and CEO Brian France, is designed to “make racing more compelling on an hour-by-hour basis, week in and week out.” There are two fundamental enhancements, announced on Monday at the Charlotte Convention Center and covering all three of NASCAR’s national series, that should promote that goal. First, races will be divided into three stages each, with…

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Hooters Supporting Hendrick & Chase Elliott

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Hooters Will be a Primary Sponsor Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports Beginning This Year. Press Release By: HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO FILES / HOOTERS MEDIA CONCORD, N.C. –January 23, 2017-  Hooters has joined 12-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and the No. 24 Chevrolet SS team. A casual dining establishment with a deep history in NASCAR, Hooters will be a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of the No. 24 team in both 2017 and 2018. The Hooters Chevrolet SS will debut May 7 at…

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Rick Hendrick; Effort Equals Reward

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From Small Beginnings, Rick Hendrick Reached Pinnacle of Success in Business and NASCAR Story By: OWEN A KEARNS / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR Charlotte NC.- January 19, 2017-It’s said reaching the top is the easy part; staying there is more difficult. For Rick Hendrick, the climb up the mountain required a decade of hard work culminating in Hendrick Motorsports capturing its first NASCAR premier series championship in 1995. Two decades later, Hendrick’s Chevrolet team remains stock car racing’s platinum standard: a record 12 NASCAR premier series titles – including Jimmie Johnson’s record-matching seventh crown in…

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Carl Edwards Ready To Pursue Other Adventures

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Edwards Steps Away From Full-Time NASCAR Racing Story By MIKE HEMBREE /NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – January 11, 2017-Calling at least a temporary halt to a career he described as “living a dream,” Carl Edwards confirmed Wednesday his decision to step away from driving race cars to pursue what he described as other adventures. In a decision that shocked the NASCAR world, Edwards, 37, said he was leaving the Joe Gibbs Racing team and one of the best rides in stock car racing “because I’ve always followed my gut. All the signs point to this…

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Earnhardt Jr. Ready For Daytona Competition

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Medically Cleared to Return to Competition at Daytona Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF/ GETTY IMAGES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –December 9, 2016- After 18 races out of the car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition, and will return to the wheel of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports at the 2017 edition of the Daytona 500. Earnhardt’s road back to the cockpit ended at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday afternoon where he completed a nearly five-hour test session observed by NASCAR while working with…

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NASCAR Annual Banquet Honoring Season’s Best Held Last Friday In Las Vegas

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Johnson, Stewart Honored At NASCAR Awards Gala Story  By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR MEDIA Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR LAS VEGAS, NV -December 4, 2016-  Jimmie Johnson was unfailingly humble, even on a night when the NASCAR community came together to honor his monumental accomplishment. With a victory on Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson claimed his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Nevertheless, the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was reluctant to claim the same stature as the two seven-time champions who preceded him – Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. “Dale said this in…

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NASCAR and Monster Energy Team Up For 2017

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NASCAR, Monster Energy Announce Premier Series Entitlement Partnership Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR LAS VEGAS –December 2, 2016- NASCAR announced on Thursday at Wynn Las Vegas a multi-year deal that will make Monster Energy only the third entitlement sponsor in premier series history. The length and terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both parties hailed the partnership as the perfect fit for both brands. “Monster Energy is a brand built on excitement and enthusiasm, qualities that align with NASCAR,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “This sponsorship position is…

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Jimmy John’s Renews With Stewart-Haas Racing

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Jimmy John's Has Extended its Sponsorship of Stewart-Haas Racing and Driver Kevin Harvick. Story By: STEWART-HAAS RACING MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF KANNAPOLIS, N.C. –December 2, 2016-  Jimmy John’s, a gourmet sandwich chain established in 1983, has extended its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing in a multiyear agreement to continue as a primary sponsor of driver Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team. Jimmy John’s will be the primary sponsor of Harvick and the No. 4 team for 16 races next year, highlighted by the season-opening Daytona 500. For the remaining 22 races on the schedule, Jimmy John’s will serve…

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Jimmie Johnson Makes History, Scores Record Tying 7th Championship

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Homestead to Claim Record-Tying Seventh Title Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR Homestead, Fla. –November 21, 2016- Call him Seven-Time.....Jimmie Johnson joined NASCAR’s most exclusive club on Sunday, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, putting the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on par with icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. “You’re a good man, you’re a great champion, and now you’re a seven-time champion,” crew chief Chad Knaus radioed to Johnson, who grabbed the lead…

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Sunday Homestead-Miami Notebook

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CREW CHIEF CHAD KNAUS IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S RECORD-TYING EFFORT Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR HOMESTEAD, Fla. –November 21, 2016-  All Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus wanted was another shot, and when Dylan Lupton hit the Turn 2 wall on Lap 252 to bring out the fifth caution of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, Knaus clenched his fist in anticipation. At the time, Johnson was running sixth, trailing the three Championship 4 drivers—Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards—he needed to beat to claim a record-tying seventh…

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Stewart Starts The Next Chapter His Way

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Stewart Says Goodbye With Wry Humor And Little Fanfare—The Way He Likes It Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF / GETTY IMAGES HOMESTEAD, Fla.— November 19, 2016-Most people probably think the next chapter in Tony Stewart’s life begins on Sunday night, after he races his final laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. But from Stewart’s perspective, the next phase of his life starts on Saturday, a day before Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. on NBC), his final race in NASCAR’s premier division. Saturday is when he gets a new cell phone…

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Championship Battle Going Down to The Wire at Homestead

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Championship 4 Drivers are Tightly Bunched at Homestead; Harvick wins pole Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By:GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR HOMESTEAD, Fla. –November 19, 2016-  Jimmie Johnson’s rueful rhetorical question told the story of Friday’s knockout qualifying session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “What’s a championship race without a little drama?” Johnson asked after earning the 14th starting position during a session fraught with difficulty for the No. 48 team. Kevin Harvick, who was eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last Sunday at Phoenix, won the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship 4 race…

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Johnson; Kanaus Shoot For Record Setting Championship

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Johnson, Knaus Can Cement Names Atop NASCAR Record Books Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR Miami Fla.- November 17, 2016- Jimmie Johnson has been there before – more than any other driver in the past two decades. But this trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET; NASCAR.com/tickets) is different. In the first place, Johnson has his first opportunity to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship under the 16-driver elimination format introduced by the sanctioning body in 2014. Beyond that, in what is the transcendent story of…

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NBCSN PRESENTS #NASCARTHROWBACK SPECIAL HONORING TONY STEWART

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Interactive Watch Party Incorporates Social Posts in Real Time During Re-Air of Stewart’s 2011 Championship Race at Miami. NASCAR Drivers, Race Teams, NBC Sports Broadcasters and Fans Interact On-Screen using #NASCARThrowback Story By:BILL KLINGBELL / TSR MEDIA Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR STAMFORD, Conn. — November 11, 2016 — NBCSN is gearing up to rally NASCAR Nation around its next #NASCARThrowback special on Monday, November 14th at 9 p.m. ET. The network’s first on-air interactive watch party in June achieved a surge in viewership and topped U.S. Twitter trends for more than an hour. Monday’s event is set to…

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Friday Texas Notebook

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Crash in Practice Puts a Crimp in Kyle Busch's Effort in Texas Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR FORT WORTH, TX- November 5, 2016-  The suddenness of the accident took Kyle Busch by surprise. And an hour later, with work complete on a backup car, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team was still feeling the aftershock. Busch hadn’t completed a lap in opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice when his Toyota chattered over the bumps in Turn 3 at Texas Motor Speedway and smacked the outside wall. “We got into Turn…

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Texas Weekend Preview

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Texas, The Next Stop on Kyle Busch's Title Defense Tour Story By: REID SPENCER /NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR Charlotte NC.- November 4, 2016- No driver has swept a track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season. Kyle Busch will attempt to become the first as he continues his championship defense in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC). Busch enters the race off a fifth-place finish in the Round of 8 opener at Martinsville last Sunday and is four points ahead of Joey Logano for the final advancement…

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Logano Wins a Wild One at ‘Dega’

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Logano Advances with Win in Wild Talladega Race; Chase Field Cut to Eight Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE     Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR TALLADEGA, AL- October 24, 2016-  If Joey Logano’s victory in Sunday’s Hellman’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was decisive—in relative terms—the race between Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon for the final spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup’s Round of 8 was anything but. In an overtime race that went four laps past its scheduled distance, Logano surged ahead after a restart on Lap 191 at the 2.66-mile track and beat runner-up Brian…

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Sprint Cup Championship Hopes Go Up in Smoke

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Truex, Keselowski See Championship Hopes Go Up in Smoke Story By: MIKE HEMBREE / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE     Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR TALLADEGA, AL- October 24, 2016- Two drivers who were among the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season’s most productive winners won’t be in the race for the championship. Former champion Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr., winners of four races apiece this year, fell out of Sunday’s Hellman’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with blown engines and failed to qualify for the Round of 8 with four races remaining on the schedule. Also knocked out of the championship group…

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Harvick Does it Again at Kansas

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Kevin Harvick Saves His Chase With Impressive Victory at Kansas Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR KANSAS CITY, Kan. –October 17, 2016-  He did it again. Last in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and faced with an uphill struggle to make the Round of 8, Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team did what they do best—win with their backs to the wall. Moments after a restart on Lap 238 of 267, Harvick cleared Carl Edwards for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 at Kansas Speedway…

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Chase Elliott Reflects on ‘The Chase’

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Chase Elliott Reflects on Rookie Sprint Cup Season Before Crucial Mid-Way Point in The Chase Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: RACERSGUIDE PHOTO STAFF Charlotte NC .- October 14, 2016 - All eyes were on rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Chase Elliott, before he ever gripped the wheel of the famed No. 24 Chevrolet this season. As the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott and the successor of four-time champion Jeff Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports in the 24, the shadows of past racing legends and fan expectations loomed for the young talent even…

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‘The Boys Are Back’ Johnson Returns to Charlotte Victory Lane

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Jimmie Johnson Triumphs at Charlotte as Five Chase Drivers Fall on Hard Times Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. – October 10, 2016-After Sunday’s victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson can proclaim justifiably “The Boys are Back in Town.” But for five other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, all of whom finished 30th or worse in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500, the race ended in a medley of dire straits. Taking the lead from Matt Kenseth after a restart on Lap 317 of 334, Johnson pulled…

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Truex Blows Away The Field at The Monster Mile

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Martin Truex Jr. Makes Statement in Dover Elimination Race Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM DOVER, Del. –October 3, 2016- It was a Martin Truex Jr. blowout, a Jamie McMurray blow-up and a Jimmie Johnson “We blew it again.” Truex cruised to a decisive victory in Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, a race that pared the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field from 16 drivers to 12. Winning for a fourth time this season, a second time at Dover and the seventh time in his career, Truex was without…

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Dover NASCAR Notebook

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DESPITE LAST YEAR'S FAILURE, JOHNSON LIKES HIS CHANCES AT DOVER Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM DOVER, Del. –October 1, 2016- On a rainy morning at Dover International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson was hopeful lightning wouldn’t strike twice—figuratively speaking, of course. A year ago, in the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the failure of a rear-axle seal eliminated the six-time series champion from NASCAR’s 10-race playoff. Never mind that Johnson has owned the Monster Mile with 10 victories in 29 starts. Last year’s 41st-place finish in the Chase race…

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Harvick Surges to Victory at NHMS

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Harvick Gets Stress-Relieving Chase Victory at New Hampshire Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES & DICK AYERS / RACERSGUIDE.COM LOUDON, N.H. –September 26, 2016- Remember last week, when Kevin Harvick was trapped a lap down at Chicagoland Speedway, finished 20th and fell out of the top 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings? Remember last year, when Harvick crashed at Chicagoland and ran out of fuel while leading at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and had to win at Dover to advance in the Chase? That’s all moot, now that Harvick redeemed himself…

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Sunday New Hampshire Notebook

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Truex and Kenseth Stage Intense Late-Race Battle – But in Vain Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES & DICK AYERS / RACERSGUIDE.COM LOUDON, N.H. –September 26, 2016- For all appearances, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. were going to settle Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 between them. Truex led a race-high 141-of-300 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kenseth led 105. From a restart on Lap 249 until the fifth caution of the race on Lap 285, the Toyota drivers ran 1-2, with Kenseth playing defense from the lead and Truex trying every trick…

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Truex Kicks Off Championship Chase With Chicagoland Score

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Truex Triumphs in Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup Opener at Chicagoland Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR JOLIET, Ill. –September 19, 2016- You could see it coming from a mile-and-a-half away. On new tires, Martin Truex Jr. rocketed around the outside lane after a restart in overtime at Chicagoland Speedway and pulled away to win Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the opening race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. With the victory—his first at the 1.5-mile track, his third of the season and the sixth of his career—Truex also…

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Sunday Chicagoland Notebook

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Pit Road Penalty Thwarts Strong Run By Jimmie Johnson Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR JOLIET, Ill. –September 19, 2016- Jimmie Johnson had mixed feelings about his 12th-place run in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. On the positive side, Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet showed excellent speed in the opening race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The six-time Sprint Cup champion led a race-high 118 laps, but he drew a pit road speeding penalty during a green-flag stop on lap 234 of 270, and that infraction cost…

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Larson ‘Parks It’ in Michigan Victory Lane

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Kyle Larson Captures Emotional First Victory at Michigan Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR BROOKLYN, Mich. – August 29, 2016- In the last few laps of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, tears began to well up in Kyle Larson’s eyes. When Larson subsequently took the checkered flag to win the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of his career, the emotion was all but overwhelming—and for good reason. The victory came in Larson’s 99th start in the series, long after most observers expected Larson to record his first win.…

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Harvick Takes ‘Sunday Money’ at Thunder Valley

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Kevin Harvick Wins Action-Filled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Bristol Story By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR WIRE SERVICE Photos By: GETTY IMAGES / NASCAR BRISTOL, Tenn. –August 22, 2016-  For most of the final 200 laps of Sunday’s rain-interrupted Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick was where he needed to be – out front and in control of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Behind Harvick, who took the checkered flag 1.933 seconds ahead of runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the race was often out of control, as the essence of traditional Bristol made…

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