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After winning back-to-back championships in the NASCAR Nationwide series in 2011 and 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes his series return at Texas Motor Speedway, piloting the No. 16 Zest Ford Mustang in the Nov. 2nd O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

The two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion has six career NNS starts at the 1.5-mile track earning two top-five and four top-10 finishes, including a victory in the 2012 spring race.-Roush Fenway Racing
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:25:00 PM

Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.54-mile oval will mark Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway following the tragic accident on Aug. 9 involving Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. At 1 p.m. EDT on Friday in the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart will be available to the press, where he will be joined by Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Brett Frood.-True Speed Communication
Aug 28 - 4:44 PM

On Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon is scheduled to make his 750th career Sprint Cup Series start.

Firsts at Atlanta: On March 14, 1992 he won from the pole at AMS to capture his first ever NASCAR victory in what is now known as the Nationwide Series. His first start in NASCAR’s premier series occurred at Atlanta in the 1992 season finale, which also marked Richard Petty’s final race. Gordon also clinched his first Cup Series championship at Atlanta in the final race of 1995. He leads active drivers with five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 26 top-10s and 1,297 laps led in 40 Cup starts at the 1.54-mile track.-Hendrick Motorsports
Aug 28 - 9:51 AM

So far in 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has alternated one top-five on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track with a result outside the top 15 and if the pattern holds, he is due to finish poorly this week.

Atlanta has been contrary to that pattern in the past two years, however. He finished seventh in 2012 and eighth last year, while he has failed to crack the top five since 2008. This week could feature a good, but not great finish for the No. 88.
Aug 27 - 5:57 PM

Joey Logano has scored six consecutive top-12 finishes on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, including a victory in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas.

Logano’s solid performance on this track type outweighs his apparent struggles at Atlanta. Prior to last year, he failed to crack the top 15 a single time in six attempts, but with his new Penske ride he finished second to Kyle Busch in the 2013 Atlanta AdvoCare 500.
Aug 27 - 5:18 PM

After winning his first Atlanta race in his first attempt in 2001 and sweeping the top five that season, Harvick struggled on this track until 2008. Since then, he has earned eight top-15s in the past nine races.

Harvick has earned only one top-five in the past five races, but he should contend for another if he has an error-free weekend. Those have seemingly been hard to come by on many occasions this year, however.
Aug 27 - 4:49 PM

Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – the No. 00, 19, and 30 – have been penalized for post-race infractions committed following the Aug. 21 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The infraction: "Truck failed to meet post-race height requirements". As a result of this violation, crew chiefs Joel Shear (No. 00); Doug Randolph (No. 19); and Doug George (No. 30) have each been fined $5,000. Each team has also been penalized with the loss of 10 championship driver and 10 championship owner points. This includes drivers Cole Custer (No. 00) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 30) along with owners Gene Haas (No. 00), Brad Keselowski (No. 19), and Steve Turner (No. 30).-NASCAR PR
Aug 26 - 8:51 PM

Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – the No. 00, 19, and 30 – have been penalized for post-race infractions committed following the Aug. 21 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The infraction: "Truck failed to meet post-race height requirements". As a result of this violation, crew chiefs Joel Shear (No. 00); Doug Randolph (No. 19); and Doug George (No. 30) have each been fined $5,000. Each team has also been penalized with the loss of 10 championship driver and 10 championship owner points. This includes drivers Cole Custer (No. 00) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 30) along with owners Gene Haas (No. 00), Brad Keselowski (No. 19), and Steve Turner (No. 30).-NASCAR PR
Aug 26 - 8:49 PM

Beginning on Sept. 7, 12 drivers will compete in the five-race (Desafío) battle to decide the 2014 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series champion.

The top 10 drivers in the championship points standings plus two wild cards -- drivers outside the top 10 who earned a victory during the regular season -- had their points reset to 1000 after the Puebla 240. NASCAR Next alum and current Drive for Diversity pilot with Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Daniel Suárez (No. 3 Telcel Toyota) will be atop the standings when the Desafío kicks off in Chihuahua, Mexico. He opened the season with a victory in Phoenix International Raceway, picking up three additional victories in Súper Óvalo Chiapas, Autódromo Monterrey and Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City to earn 12 bonus points.-NASCAR Media
Aug 26 - 12:51 PM

No matter how a player handicaps the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta, Jeff Gordon should be considered a top choice. He has a perfect record of top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year and enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s at Atlanta.

Atlanta is also the site of one of his most recent wins. He grabbed the checkered flag in the 2011 AdvoCare 500 and backed that up with a second the following year. After struggling last week in Bristol, he will be looking for redemption.
Aug 25 - 4:44 PM

Justin Boston seized the day Sunday at Madison International Speedway, winning the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 for his second ARCA Racing Series win of the season.

Boston ran in the top-five for most of the race, but grabbed the lead after previous leaders Grant Enfinger and Mason Mitchell both ran into troubles in the last quarter of the race. He came out of the pits following a late pit stop in first place then zoomed out to a big lead in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota. Defending race winner Kyle Benjamin finished second, Brandon Jones third and veteran Frank Kimmel fourth. Tom Hessert finished fifth, despite starting 25th.-ARCA Racing Series
Aug 24 - 8:34 PM

Kyle Busch drew a pit road speeding penalty on lap 63, which put him in heavy traffic. He was unable to move forward, and was in the eye of the storm on lap 126 when he was swept into a Brian Vickers vs. Kyle Larson accident. His day never improved and he finished 36th.

The biggest drama of the race was when he pulled into his pits on lap 442 and abandoned his car for the crew to push to the hauler. This initiated an emotional verbal response from crew chief Dave Rogers and suggests there could be trouble in the team.
Aug 24 - 6:44 PM




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