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Eric Goodale Set To Tackle Whelen Modified Tour

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will have their season opener next weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker.  Eric Goodale will be returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. Goodale is off to a good start in 2015. He got a win down at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks in February.  The team got a new Troyer TA2 Chassis and got good notes for the car during Speedweeks. " It was a pretty successful Speedweeks for Goodie Motorsports. Would of liked to win the Richie(Richie Evans Memorial) race but just wasn't in our cards this year."…

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Sunday Auto Club Speedway Notebook

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By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Promising starts end badly for Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth FONTANA, Calif.—At the track closest to Toyota Racing Development’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, Toyota drivers Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin had their most promising runs of the season—until the promises were broken, that is. In Kenseth’s case, it was a broken axle. After NASCAR called a caution on Lap 185 of a scheduled 200, Kenseth pitted from the lead for fuel and tires. But the rear axle broke as he was leaving his pit, dropping Kenseth to a 31st-place finish that belied the strength of…

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Four-tire call propels Brad Keselowski to surprise victory at Fontana

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Four-tire call propels Brad Keselowski to surprise victory at Fontana By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service FONTANA, Calif.—After Sunday’s Auto Club 400, there may be a warrant issued for Brad Keselowski. After all, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford committed his own version of “Grand Theft Auto” at Auto Club Speedway—he stole an entire race. Benefitting from a four-tire call on the last lap of regulation and two opportune cautions that extended the event nine laps beyond its scheduled distance, Keselowski passed polesitter Kurt Busch on the final lap (209) and pulled away to win his first…

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Auto Club Speedway

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes - Auto Club Speedway NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES   Freaky Fast Jimmy John’s isn’t kidding. Kevin Harvick is fast. Freaky fast. After back-to-back wins at Las Vegas and Phoenix, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has reeled off seven consecutive top-two finishes since his runner-up showing at Texas on Nov. 2, 2014, including four victories. His streak is the longest since “The King” himself, Richard Petty, pulled off 11 consecutive top twos in 1975. History helps paint the picture of Harvick’s dominance, but his loop statistics do an even better job of showing just…

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Stafford Motor Speedway Preview: Geoff Boisjoile

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Stafford Motor Speedway Preview: Geoff Boisjoile By: Matthew Wiernasz Geoff Boisjoile out of Easthampton, MA will make a return to the SK Light division this season at Stafford Motor Speedway. Boisjoile is unsure if he will run the full season at Stafford Motor Speedway. He is hoping to run the full season at Stafford Motor Speedway. It will all depend on how the budget is. He may run the Lite Modified race on Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and see how things go from there. Boisjoile would like to get some wins this season as he has come…

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Kurt Busch: From Suspension To Redemption In One Week’s Time

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Kurt Busch: From Suspension To Redemption In One Week's Time - By: Pete MacDonald Exactly seven days ago from right now, Kurt Busch was still on an indefinite suspension by NASCAR and in their "road to recovery" program, due to the allegations of domestic abuse towards his now ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Kurt would be reinstated for competition last Wednesday, but is on probation for the remainder of the season and will continue to participate in a treatment program where full compliance with any judicial requirements that are placed upon him. For the first time since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch's nickname…

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Stafford Motor Speedway Preview: Frank L’ Etoile Jr.

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By: Matthew Wiernasz Frank L'Etoile, JR will return to defend his tittle in the DARE Stock Division at Stafford Motor Speedway this season. L'Etoile, JR got 2 wins last season and would win the championship by 34 points over runner up Johnny Walker.  L'Etoile, JR will also head to the Kart Track at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York and run in the Flathead mod division.  He finished second in the points in his rookie season at the Kart Track at Levanon Valley Speedway and is hoping to be a championship contender at both Stafford Motor Speedway and Lebanon Valley…

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Wreck drops Earnhardt to last-place finish

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Wreck drops Earnhardt to last-place finish   By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   AVONDALE, Ariz.—Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s streak of top-four finishes ended with a loud bang as his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet clobbered the Turn 2 wall 180 laps into Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.   Earnhardt’s misfortune was the result of a blown right rear tire, which supplier Goodyear later attributed to a melted bead, the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel, but Earnhardt thought he had worn out the right rear because his car was extremely…

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Kevin Harvick rides dominant No. 4 Chevrolet to fourth straight Phoenix win

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Kevin Harvick rides dominant No. 4 Chevrolet to fourth straight Phoenix win   March 15, 2015   By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   AVONDALE, Ariz.—Yes, the best car won Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway — but one-man juggernaut Kevin Harvick had to hold off charging Jamie McMurray on the final restart with 12 laps left to notch his fourth straight victory at the one-mile track.   The box score will show that the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ led 224 of 312 laps, but McMurray took his best shot on the Lap 301 restart, driving hard…

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Goodale Earns First Victory At Caraway; Wins Whelen Southern Modified Tour Opener

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SOPHIA, N.C. – Eric Goodale started his season off hot, winning the season opening Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway on Sunday. The 29-year-old Riverhead, New York, driver became the second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver to win the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race. Goodale was able to pass Jason Myers on Lap 124 on a restart and led the final 26 laps to earn his first career win on the southern tour. He started eighth in his No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet. Myers held on for second. Prior to Goodale's win, Whelen Modified Tour regular Ted Christopher…

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STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY PREVIEW: CORY CASAGRANDE

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By Matthew Wiernasz Stafford Springs, CT- Cory Casagrande will return to the Late Model division at Stafford Motor Speedway this season to run for the championship.  Casagrande's brother Kyle will also race in the Late Model division. " I believe both my brother and I will be contenders when it comes down to it at the end of the year." Casagrande Said Adam Gray has won back to back Late Model championships the last two seasons.  Woody Pitkat and Ryan Posocco also won championships in the Late Model division at Stafford in the past. " I feel like every couple…

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Joey Logano is class of the field in XFINITY win at Phoenix

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Joey Logano is class of the field in XFINITY win at Phoenix   March 14, 2014   By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   AVONDALE, Ariz.—Joey Logano summed up his dominating victory in one word.   “Finally!” Logano exclaimed after taking the checkered flag in Saturday’s Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.   Logano had reason to be frustrated. He had finished second in his last four XFINITY Series starts, the last three after winning the pole. And the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford hadn’t been to Victory Lane in…

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Whelen Modified Anniversary Logo Unveiled

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Whelen Modified Anniversary Logo Unveiled;New Official Mark Will Commemorate 30th Anniversary In 2015 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR formally unveiled today a commemorative 30th anniversary season logo for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The new logo will become the official mark of the tour for the 2015 season. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 30th anniversary logo will be used in all facets related to the tour in 2015. The specially-designed logo consists of the tour’s unique base design with the famed modified car with the addition of a footer block that reads "30th Anniversary." NASCAR began sanctioning races in 1948…

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Jeremy Lavoie Moving Up to Limited Late Models at Stafford Speedway

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(Stafford Springs, CT)---After taking a year away from racing, Windsor Locks native Jeremy Lavoie is ready to get back in the saddle at Stafford Speedway.  Lavoie got started in the DARE Stock division 2012 and in 2013 he won 4 races and challenged for the championship.  The 2015 season will see Lavoie move up to the Limited Late Model division and challenge for R.A.D. Automachine / T/A Engines Rookie of the Year honors. “I’m excited to get back in the car,” said Lavoie.  “I’m a little nervous, but I’m sure that will all go away once I get strapped in. …

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Veteran Jeff Baral Looking for Win in Return to SK Modified® Competition at Stafford Motor Speedway

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(Stafford Springs, CT)---When a driver makes a return to racing after taking some time away, the driver can either pick back up where they left off, or they can experience some growing pains.  For Plantsville native Jeff Baral, he is hoping for the former.  Baral will make his return to the SK Modified® division after sitting out the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons and he is looking to put his familiar #18 back in NAPA Victory Lane. “I’ve always wanted to be racing but I have two little daughters that I was trying to spend time with,” said Baral.  “They’re…

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Anthony Ryan, Jr. Ready to Join the SPAFCO SK Modified® Rookie Class at Stafford Speedway

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(Stafford Springs, CT)---After finishing fourth in points during his first full season of Late Model competition at Waterford in 2014, Ridgefield native Anthony Ryan, Jr. will join the 2015 SPAFCO SK Modified® rookie class at Stafford Speedway.  Ryan comes to Stafford with an extensive background in karting and the Allison Legacy Series along with his Late Model experience. “I started racing at 5 years old driving go karts,” said Ryan.  “I won 2 WKA national championships in 2004 and then ran some Micro Sprints before moving up to Allison Legacy Series.  I then ran a part-time schedule until last season…

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Analyzing The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway

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(Stafford Springs, CT)---Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler is the longest continuously running race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.  The race was first run in 1972 and it has served as the kick-off race for each season of racing at the Connecticut half-mile since then.  With the race heading towards its 44thannual edition on April 24-26, here is a look at some stats and figures for not only the race itself, but for active modified drivers that will or could possibly be part of the starting grid on Sunday, April 26th. In the race’s 43 year history,…

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Harvick heads to top track poised to extend streak of dominance

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By Staff Reports NASCAR Wire Service The last time Kevin Harvick finished worse than second in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event was Oct. 26, 2014 at Martinsville Speedway – seven races and 137 days ago. Until Harvick's victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday, no driver had finished six straight races in the top two since Jeff Gordon accomplished the feat in 1996. "Any time you say Jeff Gordon in a streak, obviously things are going okay," Harvick said. Don't expect him to slow down. The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet driver heads into Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 at…

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

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NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES   Bloomin’ Onions May Become Scarce After NASCAR Visits Phoenix Every time Kevin Harvick finishes in the top 10, customers at Outback Steakhouse can get a Bloomin’ Onion the following day. If there is not a Bloomin’ Onion shortage already – since Harvick is riding a streak of six straight top-two finishes dating back to Texas last year – there will likely be one following Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX). The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing driver has won the last three events at PIR and holds the all-time track…

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NASCAR Lifts Kurt Busch Suspension, Outlines On-Going Requirements

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Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 11, 2015) — NASCAR announced today that, effectively immediately, the indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch has been lifted. He is eligible to return to NASCAR racing under indefinite probation subject to additional mandatory requirements that include but are not limited to participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him.   On Feb. 20, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 car, was found to be in violation of: Section 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing Section 12.8: Behavioral Penalty   The decision to lift the suspension was made…

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Mr. Rooter Named Title Sponsor of June NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchisee, Vin Beedle, announced today that the Connecticut-based company will be the entitlement sponsor of the 125-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) slated for Wednesday night, June 10.  Beedle and his company are long-time supporters of auto racing in New England, sponsoring the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series, as well as fielding a truck in the division in 2015. The drivers of the Truck will include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions, and Thompson’s own Sunoco Modified driver, Keith Rocco, as well as Limited Sportsman - and SK Modified - driver Ed…

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RacingJunk.com to be named the Official Classifieds of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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THOMPSON, CT - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) - one of the most diverse motorsports facilities in New England - is proud to announce a partnership with RacingJunk.com – the world's largest online motorsports marketplace. The co-marketing partnership will help to bring awareness of TSMP’s major racing events, and will also help to increase brand recognition for RacingJunk.com among TSMP’s fans and drivers. “Thompson Speedway is an exciting addition to our expanding partnership network,” said Shawn Stewart, Director of Business Development.  “We’re honored to be a partner and know that the free classifieds on RacingJunk.com will be a valuable resource to all…

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For the Second Straight Week, a Late Crash KOs Jeff Gordon

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HAMPTON, Ga.—It's safe to say Jeff Gordon's retirement tour has not gone according to plan.   A week ago in the Daytona 500, Gordon was involved in the wreck that forced the race to end under caution and finished 33rd.   On Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his fortunes took a turn for the worse. Gordon was collateral damage in a Lap 257 crash that started with Denny Hamlin's spin. The No. 24 Chevrolet collided with a section of concrete wall on the inside of the backstretch, and Gordon's…

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Jimmie Johnson Starts From the Back and Dominates Late in Atlanta Win

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HAMPTON, GA.—Coors Light Polesitter Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick dominated the early and middle stages of Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway—before Jimmie Johnson decided to crash the party. Johnson didn't take the lead in the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season until Lap 198 of 325, but from then on, his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the class of the field, leading six times for 92 laps in winning for the fourth time at Atlanta and for the 71st time in his career. For the second straight event in NASCAR’s premier…

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Matt Crafton Annihilates the Field in Dominant Atlanta Truck Win

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HAMPTON, GA.—There's no letup in Matt Crafton.The two-time defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Crafton charged to the front from his 15th-place starting position and ran away from the rest of the field in Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. At the end of a 74-lap green flag run—the longest in NCWTS history at Atlanta—Crafton crossed the finish line 8.752 seconds ahead of runner-up Ty Dillon. Keystone Light Polesitter Ben Kennedy came home third, a distant 10.275 seconds behind the race winner. Daniel Suarez finished fourth, followed by Tyler Reddick, last week’s winner at Daytona. The…

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Harvick Holds off Logano to Win Third Straight NASCAR XFINITY Race in Atlanta

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HAMPTON, Ga.—If you had to pick one driver to knock Joey Logano off his pedestal at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you couldn't make a better choice than Kevin Harvick. Holding off Logano after a restart on Lap 140 of 163, Harvick won Saturday's Hisense 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, ending a success streak that saw Logano beat Harvick for the win in the Daytona 500 and edge Harvick for the Coors Light Pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX) at AMS. The victory was Harvick’s third straight at Atlanta and fourth…

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Is Kahne Able: Kasey goes for repeat at Atlanta

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By Staff Reports NASCAR Wire Service   Kasey Kahne was in desperation mode at Atlanta Motor Speedway last August. Sitting in 18th on the Chase Grid – 33 points below the 16th-place cut off line – the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports driver needed a win to make NASCAR’s playoffs. Kahne came through. He seized the lead with two laps remaining, cruising to Victory Lane, and more importantly, a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. “There won't be as much pressure on us for a while now, I guess,” Kahne said after the race. “Just to make it, I…

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New Tracks Highlight Return Of NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash

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  New Tracks Highlight Return Of NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash Potential $1M Bonus For Drivers And Fan Sweepstakes Highlight Program DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2015) – Three new tracks headline the “Dash 4 Cash” program as it  returns for the seventh consecutive year, and first as part of the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway will debut as part of the program, while Indianapolis Motor Speedway will return in 2015. Designed to highlight the unique competition between championship-eligible NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers, the highly recognizable program will potentially result in $1…

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Atlanta

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NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES Logano Aims For Rare 2-fer Joey Logano followed up his career-year of 2014 with a stirring win in the Daytona 500, becoming the second youngest driver to win the Great American Race at 24 years old. Now he looks to accomplish another rare feat: Back-to-back wins in the season’s first two races. It’s only happened five times since the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ inception in 1949, the last by Matt Kenseth in 2009. The five drivers to do it: Marvin Panch (1957), Bob Welborn (1959), David Pearson (1976), Jeff Gordon (1997) and Kenseth. Logano has a…

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Stewart-Haas Racing Names Regan Smith Interim Driver for No. 41 Team at Atlanta

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Stewart-Haas Racing has named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend Feb. 26-March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Smith will begin driving the No. 41 car during the open test session on Thursday. The race on Sunday will be Smith’s seventh Sprint Cup start at Atlanta. His most recent Sprint Cup start at the 1.54-mile oval was on Sept. 2, 2012 when he finished 14th. Atlanta will be Smith’s second race in the No. 41 car. He drove the Haas Automation Chevrolet to a…

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Risk Vs Reward; Is Sell On Saturday Worth Missing Sunday?

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By: Pete MacDonald Something happened this past Saturday that has been building up for many years and unfortunately happened on our biggest stage of the year. On Lap 111 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Daytona Kyle Busch and Erik Jones made contact bunching the field up staring a chain reaction that caused a multi-car pileup sending Kyle Busch into the infield wall head on. Busch would  be in obvious pain which we later found out was a compound fracture of the right leg and a broken bone in his left foot, his return to racing is indefinite right…

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Daytona 500 Notebook

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Feb. 22, 2015   By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Teammates’ engine failures didn’t worry Logano’s crew chief DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano might have been sitting on a powder keg, but crew chief Todd Gordon wasn’t about to worry about it. On Lap 161 in Sunday’s 57th running of the Great American Race, the engine in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski exploded. Fifteen laps later, Ryan Blaney’s engine did the same thing. Under the circumstances, Logano might have had misgivings about his own power plant, given that the failures had just taken a…

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Logano Caps Spectacular Race with Daytona 500 Victory

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By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The record will reflect that Joey Logano won Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500 under caution, when a multicar wreck on the backstretch forced NASCAR to wave the yellow flag as Logano led the field into the final corner on the second lap of a green-white-checkered-flag finish. But the notation of that final caution does no justice to the memory of a race that produced some of the most scintillating restrictor-plate racing in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. From a restart on Lap 182 of a scheduled 200, fans standing—not…

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Jeff Gordon Sits on the Pole, Crashes, and Finishes 33rd; But is Still Smiling?

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By: Pete MacDonald Jeff Gordon had one of the fastest cars down here during Speedweek’s at Daytona International Speedway after sitting on the pole for his final Daytona 500; it seemed that everything surrounded the 4-Time Sprint Cup Champion this week. Gordon would run up front early and often in The Great American race leading 87 of the 200 scheduled laps. Gordon would be involved with the final caution of the even that also ended the Daytona 500 when Austin Dillon made contact with the Left-Rear of Gordon triggering a multi car incident down the backstretch on the final lap…

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Joey Logano Takes Down Daytona 500

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By: Pete MacDonald Middletown, CT’s Joey Logano won the 57th Annual Daytona 500 under caution on Sunday over a hard-charging Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all but punched his ticket to the 2015 NASCAR Chase to the Cup. The final caution occurred when Austin Dillon made contact with Pole-Sitter Jeff Gordon coming off of Turn 2 triggering a multi car incident as the field headed down the backstretch on a Green-White-Checkered after the 51 of Justin Allgaier blew up and crashed in the Tri-Oval with just three laps to go. It was the second win in the Super…

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Ryan Reed Gets First XFINITY Win at Daytona; Crash Sidelines Kyle Busch for Daytona 500

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By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—With a spectacular last-lap move to the inside, not to mention a timely shove from Roush Fenway Raceway teammate Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed stormed to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in Saturday’s Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.   “Oh, my God, we won Daytona!” exulted Reed, who has overcome a diagnosis of Type I diabetes to drive full-time in the XFINITY Series.   Buescher finished second, .089 seconds behind, with Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski claiming positions three through five. Keselowski was leading at the…

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Hendrick Motorsports Duel Double Up, Danica vs. Denny, and Ryan Blaney Make Thursday Night Interesting In Daytona

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By: Pete MacDonald The fact of the matter is this, if you drive a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet down at Daytona International Speedway this weeks, odds are that you’re fast.  Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson sat on the front row this past Sunday during qualifying. After Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson swept the Budweiser Duels last night, Hendrick cars now start 1-2-3 for this Sunday’s Daytona 500.  “I’m so glad to be able to get through tonight in one piece cause I know this car is that good”, said Earnhardt Jr. in Victory Lane Thursday night after winning duel number…

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Thursday Daytona Notebook

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Notebook Items: - Jeff Gordon teases occasional return after 2015 - Waltrip, Hamlin show off golf skills - Few take advantage of Thursday practice DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Never say never.   Though Jeff Gordon has left the door cracked ever so slightly when it comes to a possible appearance on the track after 2015, he’s more likely to end his competitive role in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at the end of the season.   “I have too much respect for other drivers that have ended their career or said they were going to end their career of driving the Cup…

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Earnhardt, Johnson complete Hendrick sweep of Daytona Duels

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Hendrick Motorsports swept the front-row starting positions for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Apparently enjoying the feeling, HMS then swept Thursday’s Budweiser Duel at Daytona twin 150-mile qualifying races. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came from his last-place starting position to win Thursday night’s first Budweiser Duel at Daytona 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway, as unsung heroes behind him diced their way into the 57th running of the Great American Race (1 p.m. ET on FOX). Jimmie Johnson, on the pole for the second Duel and already locked into the outside of the front row for the Daytona…

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Gordon’s ‘Great American’ Goodbye

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  Staff Report NASCAR Wire Service   Jeff Gordon kicked off his final full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season the best way he possibly could – by winning the Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole.   The 43-year-old will attempt to launch his farewell full-schedule campaign in even grander fashion in Sunday’s 57th running of “The Great American Race” (1 p.m. ETon FOX) by becoming the 10th Daytona 500 winner to visit Victory Lane from the pole.   “I can't think of anything cooler than to start this season, the Daytona 500, my final Daytona 500, final full season, on the…

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Wednesday Daytona Notebook

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  Wednesday Daytona Notebook   Notebook Items: NASCAR modifies Daytona qualifying format for XFINITY, Trucks Patrick goes to backup car NASCAR clarifies Chase eligibility   Feb. 18, 2015   NASCAR modifies Daytona qualifying format for XFINITY, Trucks   By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Why have a five-minute qualifying session if no one is going to use the full five minutes? That was one of the rationales NASCAR considered in streamlining the time trial process for the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series for events to be held at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. The first round…

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Bowyer Goes Off, Black Helicopters And A Four-Time Champion Comes Out On Top Sunday In Daytona

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By: Pete MacDonald Photo Credit: NASCAR/Getty Images It seems that just about everybody except Jeff Gordon bashed NASCAR for the group qualifying sessions on Sunday. People forget that it was changed to draw more interest into qualifying and the fact of the matter is this, we all tuned in so who is the fool in all of this? I like Michael Waltrip's idea for group qualifying on the plate tracks, Practice Friday, Your practice times line up Heat Races for Saturday, Qualify 1-36 through the Heats and fill in 37-43 with provisional's. NASCAR has always said they didn't utilize heat…

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Jeb Burton Signs with BK Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

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CHARLOTTE, NC (February 9, 2015) - Jeb Burton has signed with BK Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, as the driver of the No. 26 Toyota Camry. Jeb Burton, the son of Daytona 500 Champion Ward Burton, will be competing in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as a Rookie of the Year Contender. Twenty-two year old Burton has had a great start to his racing career with one Camping World Truck Series win, seven Top 5's, nineteen Top 10's and seven Coors Light Pole awards. After finishing in the Top 10 55% of the time in…

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Helton Named Vice Chairman of NASCAR, Dewar Added To NASCAR Board of Directors

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2015) – NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian France announced today that Mike Helton has been named Vice Chairman of NASCAR and Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar has been added to the NASCAR Board of Directors, effective immediately.   Helton has served as NASCAR President since 2000 and has been with the sanctioning body in various roles since 1994. In his new capacity, Helton will remain the senior NASCAR official at all national series racing events overseeing competition, work closely with France on long-term strategic planning and represent NASCAR in a wide-range of roles…

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Thompson Champions to Shine at Mohegan Sun; Facility Moves Banquet to Casino as Part of 75 Year Anniversary Celebration

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THOMPSON, CONN. – Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) announced this morning that the 2015 Championship Awards Banquet will be held at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The change in venue is part of the facility’s 75 year anniversary celebration. “We are excited to be moving our banquet to Mohegan Sun this season. Their staff was extremely patient and accommodating as we worked through all of the logistics, and we ended up with a terrific venue at a manageable cost for our race teams.  I think that this will be a significant enhance to what we offer our…

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Money Beats Talent

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-By: Pete MacDonald I've been saying this for a while now, maybe this has been the case for a long time now, maybe I'm noticing it more than ever, but it's really bothering me more and more. How ridiculous is it that how far you go in this sport depends on how much money you can bring to the table. Maybe this is one of the reasons that the sport is suffering, the product is watered down between drivers that can legitimately  drive and kids that are just rich looking for a way to become a race car driver. Long…

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2015 Sprint Unlimited Format Set; Fans to Join Crew Chiefs in Setting Starting Grid

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 14, will be split into two segments. A competition caution at lap 25 will separate the segments in the non-points event, scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET start (live on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).   New this year, select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions.  The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 13 at the FDOT Main Stage…

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NASCAR, NBCSN Reveal Robust 2015 Regional Touring Series Broadcast Schedule

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Unprecedented 39-Race Slate For K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tours; K&N Pro Series East Richmond race moved to Fall weekend DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2015) – NASCAR and NBC Sports Group announced today an unprecedented broadcast line-up of NASCAR’s popular regional touring series, with a 39-race telecast schedule for racing’s premiere grassroots series as their landmark partnership begins this season. NBCSN’s slate features all 25 K&N Pro Series races between the top developmental series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The coming season will also see triple the television exposure from previous years…

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‘The Ultimate’ DAYTONA 500 Moment? NASCAR Lets Fans Decide In New Digital And Social Campaign

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Photo Courtesy Nascar/Getty Images The ‘Ultimate DAYTONA 500 Moment Challenge’ Encourages Fans To Vote On The Moments That Have Made The DAYTONA 500 ‘The Great American Race’ Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 2, 2015) — Lee Petty in a “photo finish” for the ages. Fist fights on the backstretch. “The Intimidator’s” long-awaited trip to victory lane. The DAYTONA 500® has produced some of the most monumental moments in sports history and now fans have the chance to decide which one is the best of the best. From Feb. 2 – Feb. 19, NASCAR® is inviting sports fans to visit DaytonaMoments.NASCAR.com to…

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Clint Bowyer Senses Newfound Optimism at Michael Waltrip Racing

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By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Photo Courtesy of NASCAR/Getty Images Clint Bowyer senses newfound optimism at Michael Waltrip Racing CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Clint Bowyer didn’t mince words. “There’s no reason to sugar-coat it — we sucked,” Bowyer said Tuesday with the no-nonsense frankness that has endeared him to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans. True enough, Michael Waltrip Racing’s performance as an organization was substandard in 2014. MWR failed to win a race last year and didn’t put a driver into the expanded field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Bowyer hasn’t won a Cup event since the Chase race…

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