Richard Childress Racing

Slugger Labbe Leaving Richard Childress Racing

Effective immediately, Richard Childress has made some changes to the staffing of their No. 3 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry and their No. 2 NASCAR Xfinity entry.

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2017 Coca-Cola 600 Running With Four Stages

With the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway being the longest race of the season, it’s no surprise its first run at the stage racing is altered as well.

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McDowell, Leavine Family Racing Look to Capitalize on Plate Track Successes

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to restrictor plate racing this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, and Leavine Family Racing and their No. 95 driver, Michael McDowell are looking to capitalize on their past superspeedway success.

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Logano’s Richmond Win Won’t Count For Playoff Berth

Joey Logano - Martinsville 2016Between the tweaking of the playoffs in NASCAR and penalties, 2017 won’t be win and you’re in for all teams. A penalty after Richmond International Raceway’s race this past Sunday means Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Joey Logano’s win won’t be counted towards playoff eligibility.

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Retire at End of 2017 Season

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. No. 88NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has announced he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series following the conclusion of the 2017 Season.

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Michael McDowell Talks Small Teams, Small Tracks and Danica

Closet NASCAR Fan with Michael McDowellMichael McDowell’s not a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver you see a whole lot about in pre or post race interviews or features. But he and the single car race team he drives for at Levine Family Racing are looking to do more with less.

While the first few weeks of the 2017 Cup series were dry, and the weather agreeable to track activities, Friday, March 31 at Martinsville Speedway was overcast, and rain altered track schedules, and ultimately, cancelled practice. As McDowell and I spoke in the corridor of No. 95 hauler, a light rain fell outside and weather was the first point of discussion.

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Kyle Busch Talks Racing, Long Races, T-Shirt Sales, More

Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, storms rolled in. The grandstands were evacuated. The threat of high winds, rain and possible hail also shut down the Cup inspection and garages. Cars were covered, and the garage tarps were rolled down. But in the center of the Martinsville infield, as Joey Logano finished his time in front of the reporters Kyle Busch sat at the back of the room, seemingly uninterested about Logano’s words or his surroundings.

As Logano’s time at the front of the room, and Busch proceeded forward, it was obvious the two Cup drivers would have to pass each other. Would there be more of a storm inside than the one predicted outside?

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Daniel Suarez Commences Rough Weekend to End Rough Week

Wednesday, Dave Rogers crew chief of the No. 19 announced he was taking a leave of absence from Joe Gibbs Racing effective immediately. Rookie driver, Daniel Suarez is just six races into his relationship with Rogers, and is already having to adjust. The good news though is that Scott Graves is assuming the role of crew chief on Suarez’s team.

Graves served as Suarez’s crew chief last year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where the two won a championship together. The prior year, Graves was on crew chief Chris Buescher’s NASCAR Xfinity Series, which also resulted in a championship. That’s the good news. The two have a history, and Graves has won back-to-back championships in the Xfinity Series.

But this is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and this week it’s Martinsville.

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David Ragan Talks Martinsville and NASCAR Experiments

So far for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the weather gods have been NASCAR fans. Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana all went on without mother nature interfering. But the forecast week leading up to NASCAR returning to the East coast didn’t look as promising. Today, driving up to the shortest track on the schedule, Martinsville Speedway, it became obvious the day was going to be a battle with rain.

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