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Nelson Piquet Jr. Penalized for Violating NASCAR's Code of Conduct Policy

Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 and placed on indefinite probation, and he will have to attend sensitivity training after using a gay slur on social media.<p>In the announcement, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations, Steve O’Donnell, explained the …

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Why NASCAR Needed to Make an Example of Nelson Piquet Jr. After Use of Gay Slur

When an athlete is in the public spotlight, it is their responsibility to maintain their image in a positive manner. That goes for everything, including the ever-so-sensitive usage of social media. The way they carry themselves on their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram may be on their own accord, but …

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Are Kyle Busch's 2013 Title Hopes over After Crash at Kansas?

Just when it appeared Kyle Busch would finally break the jinx that has cursed him in virtually every Chase for the Sprint Cup appearance he's made in his career, catastrophe struck yet again on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.<p>(Not coincidentally, Busch's least-successful track on the Sprint Cup Series, I …

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Has Fallout from MWR Scandal Turned Clint Bowyer into a Chase Afterthought?

Clint Bowyer. Remember him? Good looking guy from America's heartland who used to be able to drive the wheels off any kind of race car there is?<p>First, let's remember him in a positive way: He finished second in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings last season, and was second heading into the …

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What Are Realistic Expectations for Kyle Larson's Sprint Cup Debut?

Saturday night when the Sprint Cup Series stops in Charlotte for the fifth race of the Chase, three drivers will be making their series debuts.<p>Brian Scott, Blake Koch and, most notably, Kyle Larson will all be behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car for the first time in their careers.<p>Racing in …

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Who Will Have the Better Rookie Sprint Cup Season: Austin Dillon or Kyle Larson?

With the 2013 season drawing to a close, we are left to wonder about the 2014 Sprint Cup season. Who will be strong? Who will struggle? Who will win the title? Who will win the Daytona 500? Also, who will win the 2014 Rookie of the Year title?<p>With Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon throwing their hats …

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Brian Vickers Injury: Updates on NASCAR Star's Leg and Recovery

Brian Vickers will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to a blood clot in his right leg.<p>Fox Sports: NASCAR announced the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon:<p><b>UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10:25 a.m. ET</b><p>From Nate Ryan of <i>USA Today</i>:<p>Bob Pockrass of <i>Sporting News</i> followed:<p>…

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Brian Vickers Speaks out After Announcement Driver Will Miss Remainder of Season

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the 2013 season while undergoing treatment for a blood clot in his right leg. According to Nate Ryan of <i>USA Today</i>, the veteran driver spoke out about the situation and expressed optimism surrounding his outlook:<p>If there's anything …

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Is There a Silver Lining in Michael Waltrip Racing Scaling Back for 2014?

Losing an entire race team and letting go its driver, crew chief and several dozen employees is never easy.<p>But that's the position Michael Waltrip Racing finds itself in for 2014, as Martin Truex Jr. and the rest of the No. 56 team will likely become free agents at the end of this season.<p>Not by …

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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR's Chase Turns Corners and Heads at Talladega Crapshoot

NASCAR is turning a fast corner into their playoffs, the Chase for the Sprint Cup, with the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday. Drivers will challenge the 2.66-mile tri-oval with 33-degree banking, hoping first to finish and then hoping for a win.<p>Talladega is a wild …

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How One Night Derailed the Future of Michael Waltrip Racing in Sprint Cup

It is difficult to believe that only five weeks ago the future of Michael Waltrip Racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series seemed so bright.<p>On the eve of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway, driver Clint Bowyer already had clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and the hope of …

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Todd Parrott Suspended by NASCAR for Violating Substance Abuse Policy

Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating the league's substance abuse policy.<p>Richard Petty Motorsports decided to fire Parrott Tuesday evening.<p>Andre Stallings of Sirius XM NASCAR Radio broke the news:<p>NEWS: Todd …

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Todd Parrott's Suspension Shows NASCAR's Policies Are Leading to Progress

Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating the governing body's substance abuse policy.<p>Jeff Owens of <i>Sporting News</i> passed along word of the suspension and reports Parrott will have to go through a recovery program …

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Kurt Busch Harnesses Inner Ricky Bobby for Talladega This Weekend

It seems Kurt Busch needed a little "shake and bake" this weekend.<p>Sorry to get specific on you, but we have tremendous news for fans of Busch, the movie <i>Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby</i> and Wonder Bread.<p>Business Insider's Cork Gaines reports that heading into this weekend's Sprint Cup …

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The Hottest NASCAR Storylines Going into Martinsville

Oh man.<p>Talladega is widely reputed as a wild card in the championship scene, and per usual it lived up to the moniker. For one, the battle for the Sprint Cup points lead was already tedious as is, and while the points received a shakeup we saw some unfamiliar faces in the top-10.<p>Meanwhile, a wild …

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Why Dale Earnhardt Jr. Shouldn't Have Any Regrets Over Near-Miss at Talladega

Remember, you heard it here first, folks.<p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. might just win the 2014 Daytona 500. He might even not only make the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he might actually, finally contend for the championship -- and by that, we're talking being part of the title conversation all the way …

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Complete Preview for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville

One week after the Sprint Cup Series held a Chase race at the sport's longest speedway, they follow up with one at the shortest track on the circuit.<p>The stars of NASCAR's top series will race at Martinsville Speedway for the second time this year. The first time they were here, back in early April, …

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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville

This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to Martinsville Speedway for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.<p>The race last April at Martinsville was dominated by Jimmie Johnson. He started the race from the pole and led 346 of the 500 laps on his way to Victory Lane. If you have any starts …

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How Matt Kenseth Can Break Trend of Mediocre Martinsville Performances

There are many areas in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing where Matt Kenseth has a surefire mastery. The 2003 series champion makes consistency at the top levels of NASCAR look remarkably easy. He's emerged as a force on the restrictor-plate tracks and has a noted ability on the 1.5-mile …

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Jimmie Johnson's Blueprint to Earn 6th Career Sprint Cup Title in 2013

It's all over, or at least it appears that way, heading into the final four NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup races of 2013.<p>With five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson now in the points lead, his sixth championship seems all but inevitable.<p>Why so certain, you ask? After all, Matt Kenseth trails …

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Budding NASCAR Feuds Most Likely to Boil over in Near Future

NASCAR is one sport where tempers can easily get the best of drivers. Going over 200 miles an hour for over 150 Laps only to be banged or bumped into a wall by another driver is what ignites feuds in the sport of stock car racing.<p>As the 2013 season moves forward, and even into next year, several …

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How Tony Stewart's Absence Has Affected the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase

On Monday, August 5 of this year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season took a drastic turn.<p>Just 24 hours after the series' second race of the year at Pocono Raceway, one of the sport's biggest stars had his season ended early.<p>Tony Stewart took part in a sprint car race in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was …

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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Chase Chances Slim Heading into Martinsville Short Track

Only four more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season races are left in the Chase for the Championship as the hectic competition moves from its longest track at 2.66 miles around Talladega to the one of the shortest tracks at Martinsville with its .526-mile oval.<p>Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va., is …

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Martinsville Is Crucial Race for Championship Contenders Chasing Jimmie Johnson

With four races remaining in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season, the fight for the year-long championship appears to be between five drivers.<p>Jimmie Johnson currently leads the standings with Matt Kenseth just four points behind. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon are also still in contention, …

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Which NASCAR Chase Contender Has Best Odds at Each Remaining Track?

Four tracks, five drivers.<p>That's pretty much what this season's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship has come down to.<p>While guys like Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth place, 52 points back), Greg Biffle (seventh, 53), Clint Bowyer (eighth, 57) and Kurt Busch (ninth, 61) are still mathematically in the …

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Corey LaJoie Must Remain Suspended for Rest of Season

Developmental driver Corey LaJoie was suspended and ordered to undergo sensitivity training by NASCAR after sending out an "insensitive and intolerable" tweet, according to ABC News.<p>The tweet, since deleted, suggested that the TSA conduct cavity searches on men wearing turbans.<p>In a statement, …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Martinsville Pole, Seeks First Win of the Season

Describing the 2013 season as a nightmare for Denny Hamlin may be the understatement of the year. Following a hard crash at Fontana on the last lap of the fifth race of the season, Hamlin missed the next four races after sustaining a back injury.<p>Since that time, the positive results have been few …

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Kevin Harvick vs Ty Dillon Feud Boils over with Crash at Martinsville Truck Race

The Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway was a veritable potpourri of everything that could ever happen on a race track. There was an accident, a driver trying to purposefully spin another off the track and feuding between a driver and his owner.<p>What more could you ask for?<p>The drama began when Kevin …

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Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Jimmie Johnson will take a slim four-point lead in the overall standings over Matt Kenseth to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.<p>Johnson is set to begin the race in second, with Denny Hamlin the only driver starting in front of him.<p>Kenseth is in the row directly …

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Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 2013: Live Results, Updates and Analysis

After an exciting short track race at Martinsville where we saw 17 cautions, Jeff Gordon was able to pass Matt Kenseth with only 23 Laps to go.<p>He would hold off the rest of the field and won his first race of the season, and it's the first time since 2005 that Gordon has one at the Paperclip.<p>When …

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