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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — Throughout the 71-year history of NASCAR competition, there hasn’t been a father-and-son combination that’s raced at least once together in all three national touring series. That’ll change in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as father Joe and son John Hunter Nemechek, who’s making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut, will have a landmark opportunity to race in Cup for the first time. The last time a Cup race had a father-son duo was the 2005 fall Atlanta raceRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway and in celebration of the 50th anniversary for both the track and Richard Childress Racing, the No. 3 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt to the final win of his career will pace the field with Richard Childress behind the wheel. With that in mind, this week’s edition of “Throwback Thursday Theater” will look back at the 2000 Winston 500 and the amazing comeback Earnhardt was able to make in the waning laps ofRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor CONCORD, N.C. – A year after coming agonizingly close to winning at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Jimmie Johnson got the Bank of America Roval 400 weekend started on the right foot Friday by posting the fastest time in first practice with a lap of 1 minute, 20.968 seconds. Kyle Larson was second on the leaderboard, followed by William Byron, Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Preece, and defending race winner Ryan Blaney. Outside of the top-10, Playoff drivers finishedRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent CONCORD, N.C. – Familiar names topped the speed charts as Sheldon Creed and Brennan Poole were fastest in the two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice sessions. In the first practice session for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Creed’s No. 2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet Silverado topped the charts with a speed of 181.561 mph. His 29.742 second lap edged out Todd Gilliland by 0.074 seconds. “I feel pretty confident going into tonight,” Creed explained. “Pretty decent practice. We got betterRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was the race of a lifetime for Puyallup, Washington’s Angela Ruch, who dealt with an overheating truck and going down a cylinder throughout Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, to finish eighth in just her second NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start, becoming the second ever woman to score a top-10 in the series. Perhaps more special about Ruch’s performance was the support from NEMCO Motorsports and Kaulig Racing’s Chris Rice, who gave her the opportunity to run theRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor TALLADEGA, Ala. – David Gilliland showed the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field how it’s done in qualifying for Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega, putting his No. 51 Toyota on the pole with a lap of 53.032 seconds, 180.570 mph. In addition to winning the pole, Gilliland had a new member of the family in tow, Winston, the family dog, who was adopted by the Gilliland family earlier in the week. “It’s a very special weekend,” said Gilliland. “Obviously a weekend that we’ll remember forever withRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The worst feeling in the world for race car driver is being forced to sit out a race, especially just hours before the green flag drops. This was the case for Noah Gragson, who wasn’t medically cleared to compete in Saturday’s Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway in due to flu-like symptoms. Gragson had battled a stomach bug the past few days and it initially didn’t stop the 20-year-old from being fastest during Friday’s practice session. However, just before qualifying this morning, he required medicalRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor These days, Jimmie Johnson is known as a seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion driving for Hendrick Motorsports, but back in the early 2000’s, Johnson was a relative unknown driving for Herzog Motorsports trying to make a name for himself. That all changed at Chicagoland Speedway in July 2001 with the running of the Hills Brothers Coffee 300. Prior to the 2001 season, Johnson was best known for his crash at Watkins Glen in 2000 after he lost his brakes heading into Turn 1, whichRead More