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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s 61st annual running of the Daytona 500. Age: 31 Years in Cup: Six Career Wins: Two Biggest Accomplishment: 2011-12 Xfinity Series champion After scoring two superspeedway victories in 2017, it was a rather polarizing 2018 campaign for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who went winless and missed the playoffs. Now going into his seventh season, he’ll be seeking for a turnaround after finishing 18th in points, and continueRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer What seemed to be a perfect final round for Jeff Hoffman drastically changed coming towards the final lap as he ran over cones, giving him a five-second penalty and inherited the Race of Champions Mexico SST Race No. 2 victory to the series champion Matt Brabham. It’s Brabham’s sixth Speed Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series victory of the season as he celebrated his championship in front of the energetic Foro Sol ballpark in Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, hoisting the trophy and hitting the pinata to close outRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent *Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into next month’s 61st running of the Daytona 500. Age: 38 Years in Cup: 12 Career Wins: One The 2018 season marked the best for Paul Menard since he made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2015. In 2018, Menard earned just one top-five finish, in a rain-shortened race at Michigan International Speedway. He earned a total of seven top-10 finishes throughout the season. MenardRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks hosted its first of two rounds that’ll wrap up its 2018-19 season Saturday at the Foro Sol ballpark located inside Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, with Robby Gordon defeating Matt Brabham to win the Race of Champions Mexico SST Race No. 1. Both competitors battled the circuit and tried avoiding making a mistake. However, the third lap proved to be the race changing moment as Brabham struggled with his truck, resulting Gordon to have a 2.62 second lead asRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Eight months ago today, James Hinchcliffe climbed from his No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda, dejected after failing to qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. With crew members, photographers and television cameras nearby, the Canadian had to come to terms with what must’ve been a completely alien concept to him heading into the month of May. After all, Hinchcliffe had won the pole for the 500 back in 2016 and was sitting fifth in points following the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis MotorRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 27 Years in Cup: Two Career Wins: Zero Cup Wins, Three Xfinity Series Wins, One Truck Series Win Biggest Accomplishment: 2016 Xfinity Championship Joe Gibbs Racing has served as the base of operations for Daniel Suarez since he first entered NASCAR national series competition full-time back in 2015 and it’s been a wild ride for theRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Despite losing the opportunity of a lifetime, NASCAR veteran Ross Chastain will still be competing in all three of NASCAR’s National Series. Chastain will have a partial schedule in the No. 45 Paul Jr. Designs TruNorth Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Reid Wilson will split time in the No. 45 Truck with the Alva, FL native. Chastain will drive the truck at Daytona International Speedway. Chastain has 59 starts in the Truck Series, finishing runner-up twice. In total,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Jamie McMurray started his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career driving the No. 40, and he’ll now likely end it with the same car number as Spire Motorsports have partnered up with Chip Ganassi Racing and announced Friday that McMurray will pilot the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the 61st Daytona 500 Feb. 17. The 2010 Daytona 500 champion will have McDonald’s, Cessna and Bass Pro Shops as his sponsors and is also eligible to compete in the Advanced Auto Parts Clash Feb. 10 dueRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Glen Wood, who co-founded the Wood Brothers Racing Team in 1953, passed away Friday morning at the age of 93. The team confirmed the loss of the legendary NASCAR Hall of Famer via a statement on social media. “It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning. We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support.” Wood started his careerRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NBC Sports announced Thursday its entire TV lineup for the 57th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, set to take place on January 26-27. The 24-hour classic will have an all-star lineup as not only the IMSA crew covering the race, it’ll feature both NASCAR and IndyCar commentators, analysis and pit reporters, which is also NBC’s first race of a multi-year exclusive broadcast partnership with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. IMSA CEO Ed Bennett described the stacked broadcast as an incredible sign ofRead More