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Michael McDowell announced that he will return as driver of the No. 98 Ford Fusion to run the full 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

McDowell's Ford will be fielded by Phil Parsons Racing with Roush Yates Engines supplying the power plant. Gene Nead will continue to call the shots for the team as crew chief. Sponsorship plans to cover McDowell's car are being pieced together. Positive, Encouraging K-LOVE radio will be back to sponsor the No. 98 Fusion at Daytona and potentially more races later in the schedule. Curb Records is returning as an associate sponsor for the season and will serve as primary sponsor at a to-be-announced event. The team is currently pursuing partners to fill the rest of the Sprint Cup Series schedule.-Breaking Limits
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 04:52:00 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with a top speed of 185.893 mph.

Busch has the longest string of consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and there is no reason to believe this week will snap that streak. If he fits an appropriate slot on a fantasy player’s roster, he is an easy choice this week.
May 6 - 12:32 PM

In a 50-race career on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Aric Almirola has earned seven top-10s. Three of these were earned at Kansas including eighth-place results in spring 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Almirola swept the top 10 on this track type with another 10th in the fall. Last year, he earned a pair of 10th-place results at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has made this a track type on which he should be watched closely.
May 6 - 12:15 PM

Brad Keselowski won the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which was his 13th consecutive top-10 finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. That turned out to be a pyrrhic victory for the No. 2 team as he saw that streak snapped one month later at Texas Motor Speedway.

Still, the balance is in his favor this week and he should be able to rebound quickly. Most of his results during his long streak were outside the five, however, so he is expected to land somewhere between sixth and 10th in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.
May 6 - 12:12 PM

Paul Menard had a four-race, top-20 streak going when he rolled into Texas Motor Speedway a month ago for the Duck Commander 500. He finished that race in 26th.

He should be able to rebound to finish at least 20th because that was only the third time since the beginning of 2015 that he failed to do so. Even with three disappointing results, his average result on this track type in the past 13 races is better than 20th at 19.77.
May 6 - 12:11 PM

One week after leaving Daytona International Speedway where he made an unforced error and crashed, Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished second. Last week at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Earnhardt also spun on his own. This week the series rolls onto the similarly-configured Kansas Speedway.

Junior should have been an easy pick in both restrictor-plate, superspeedway races and wasn’t. He seems to have transferred his luck to this week’s track type because he enters with four consecutive top-10s at Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
May 5 - 9:13 PM

In his last 12 starts on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track, Jamie McMurray has finished 20th or better in 11 races. His outlier was a 21st at Atlanta Motor Speedway this spring and his average finish in that span of race was slightly worse than 14th.

McMurray would have an almost perfect record on this track type if not for an accident in the 2015 Atlanta race. He has not scored a top-five on these courses since 2014, but he ended that season with back-to-back results of third and fifth at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively.
May 5 - 9:12 PM

Clint Bowyer will make a return to NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition with JR Motorsports (JRM).

Bowyer, a veteran racer and 19-time NASCAR national series winner, will drive JRM’s No. 88 Morton Buildings Chevrolet Camaro at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 17). Bowyer, who currently races full-time for HScott Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is named as the ninth driver to pilot JRM’s No. 88 "All-Star" Chevrolet in 2016. He joins Josh Berry, Alex Bowman, Cole Custer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul, Kevin Harvick and Regan Smith. In nine starts this season, the team holds two wins (Daytona and Richmond), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.-JRM
May 5 - 8:34 PM

Matt Crafton (#88 IdealDoor/Menards Toyota Tundra) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250.

The average speed of 174.823 mph was best of the 12 trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #24 Clint Bowyer, #19 Daniel Hemric, #00 Cole Custer and #4 Christopher Bell are the rest of the top five on this list.
May 5 - 8:13 PM

John Wes Townley (#05 Jive Communications Chevrolet Silverado) led the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Kansas Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 176.980 mph. #23 Spencer Gallagher, #13 Cameron Hayley, #29 Tyler Reddick and #88 Matt Crafton round out the top five of the 32 trucks practicing for the Toyota Tundra 250. Jennifer Jo Cobb in the #10 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest.
May 5 - 8:10 PM

William Byron (#9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra) is fastest in the second practice for the Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250.

At 176.650 mph, he was the fastest of the 32 trucks out on the track for this session. #05 John Wes Townley, #88 Matt Crafton, #19 Daniel Hemric and #41 Ben Rhodes are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Jennifer Jo Cobb was the slowest in the #10 Chevy Silverado.
May 5 - 5:55 PM

Tyler Reddick (#29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150) led the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Kansas Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 176.137 mph. #88 Matt Crafton, #11 Matt Tifft, #05 John Wes Townley and #41 Ben Rhodes round out the top five of the 27 trucks practicing for the Toyota Tundra 250. Austin Wayne Self in the #22 Toyota Tundra was the slowest.
May 5 - 4:07 PM




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