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NAPA dropping Waltrip team in wake of Richmond scandal

NAPA dropping Waltrip team in wake of Richmond scandal

September 19th, 2013 12:51 pm by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer

NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR's version of the playoffs.

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Bayne keeping pace with Nationwide leaders

Bayne keeping pace with Nationwide leaders

September 18th, 2013 7:01 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Trevor Bayne has been slowly moving up in the Nationwide driver standings. He currently ranks eighth, the highest he has been in the standings since the fifth race of the season.

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Drivers say Richmond was extreme case of rule bending

Drivers say Richmond was extreme case of rule bending

September 17th, 2013 9:35 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne believe NASCAR is on the right track to restore fans’ faith in the sport after one of its most embarrassing weeks ever.

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Richmond left much to unravel

Richmond left much to unravel

September 10th, 2013 7:15 pm by Jeff Birchfield

NASCAR got it right with the penalties levied against MWR after Saturday’s shenanigans at the end of the Richmond race, but the race's outcome had many layers and plenty of awkward situations.

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Gordon, Busch ready to battle in Richmond

Gordon, Busch ready to battle in Richmond

September 3rd, 2013 6:19 pm by Jeff Birchfield

For the second year in a row, four-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon comes to Richmond needing a big performance to make the Chase. Standing in his way is a driver named Busch, except this time it’s older brother Kurt instead of Kyle.

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Bristol race draws record ratings

Bristol race draws record ratings

August 27th, 2013 6:44 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Saturday’s television broadcast of the IRWIN Tools Night at Bristol Motor Speedway drew the largest audience to watch the race since ESPN and ABC returned to live NASCAR coverage in 2007.

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Bristol produces another classic duel

Bristol produces another classic duel

August 25th, 2013 5:54 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne staged a memorable duel at the end of Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, proving there doesn’t have to be a wreck for it to be a classic at Bristol.

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Morgan the money man at Kingsport Speedway

Morgan the money man at Kingsport Speedway

August 25th, 2013 5:40 pm by Jeff Birchfield

This J.P. Morgan is a titan on the race track instead of a titan of industry. Morgan drove past Caleb Holman on lap 150 and led the rest of the way to win Sunday’s X-1R Lubricants 250 for the CARS Pro Cup Series at Kingsport Speedway.

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Kenseth holds off Kahne for BMS win

Kenseth holds off Kahne for BMS win

August 24th, 2013 11:21 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Matt Kenseth led the final 126 laps, but spent the final 15 circuits around the .533-mile oval holding off Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet to win the IRWIN Tools Night Race on Saturday at BMS.

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Gibbs team continues to dominate night race

Gibbs team continues to dominate night race

August 24th, 2013 11:08 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Matt Kenseth’s close victory over Kasey Kahne on Saturday night was the organization’s second straight win in the event and its fourth in the last five years.

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