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Darrell Wallace Jr Wins Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway for Third Win of Season

October 25th, 2014 at 6:49 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Saturday's Kroger 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, at Martinsville Speedway was a physical affair, but in the end it was Darrell Wallace Jr driving to victory lane for the third time in the 2014 season. Wallace picked up his first career Truck Series win in this same race at Martinsville in 2013 and now has four career wins.

The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver normally drives the No. 54 Toyota, but this weekend drove a special paint scheme and the No. 34, to honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Wendell Scott. Wallace fought hard with Johnny Sauter near the end of the race but got a great restart with six laps to go in the 200 lap race and then pulled out to his winning margin.

Timothy Peters knocked his way past Johnny Sauter in the closing laps to finish in second place. Points leader Matt Crafton came home in third, followed by Erik Jones in fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth. Tyler Reddick was sixth and Johnny Sauter dropped back to finish seventh after getting caught in the high lane after the contact from Peters. Matt Tifft made a great Truck Series debut and finished in eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Alex Guenette in ninth and German Quiroga in tenth.

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Jamie McMurray Wins Pole for Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway

October 24th, 2014 at 9:29 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The seventh race of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the first race of the Eliminator Round will have a non-Chase driver starting from the pole. Jamie McMurray set the fast lap in Round 2 of knockout qualifying on Friday at Martinsville Speedway to grab the pole for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

For the driver of the No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, the pole is the second of his 2014 season and the 11th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. McMurray set the fastest lap with a speed of 99.905 mph, which was good for a lap time of 18.954 seconds around the paperclip shaped track.

Six of the eight drivers still in the Chase qualified inside the top 12 that advanced to Round 2 of the qualifying session. Joey Logano heads the Chase drivers in second place. Matt Kenseth will start third with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin in fifth. Logano's Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, will start from sixth. Ryan Newman will start from ninth and Carl Edwards from 11th. Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick did not make it out of Round 1 and locked into the 13th and 33rd starting positions respectively.

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Brendan Gaughan Will Return to Richard Childress Racing for 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series

October 24th, 2014 at 12:53 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Richard Childress Racing announced on Thursday that Brendan Gaughan will return to the team driving the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The 39-year-old veteran NASCAR driver is wrapping up his first full season with RCR in what is currently called the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Gaughan has won twice this season, victories that also count as his first career wins in the series. His first win came in June when he conquered the rain at Road America. Then, Gaughan won his first oval Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in September.

"Returning to Victory Lane this season has been a big morale booster for not only me but for my team as well," Gaughan said in a team release. "For the remainder of the year we will continue to learn and find things that work to get us a leg up on the competition for next season. I can't wait for next year with the No. 62 RCR team and to contend for the XFINITY Series championship."

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NASCAR Announces 2015 Changes for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series

October 22nd, 2014 at 11:24 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced some changes that will take affect in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (now Nationwide Series) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting with the 2015 season.

Both series will use a qualifying format similar to the one used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series currently. The Truck Series will have a maximum of 32 trucks in a race and both series will have the driver's last name placed on the back window.

In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the top 33 cars in each qualifying session will qualify for the race. The rest of the 40 car field will be set by owner points and a past champions provisional if needed. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the top 27 trucks in each qualifying session will lock into the field. The rest of the 32 truck field will be set by owner points and a past champions provisional if needed. Currently, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series uses the rule that the top 36 fastest cars lock in and the the rest of the 43 car field is set by owner points or a past champions provisional.

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NASCAR Does not Penalize Ryan Newman’s Team Following Talladega Inspection Process

October 22nd, 2014 at 1:43 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Shortly after the conclusion of the GEICO 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, news broke that Ryan Newman's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet failed post-race inspection for being too low in the rear. Newman had finished fifth in the final race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and was one of eight drivers to advance to the Eliminator Round.

Newman moved on by 27 points, but with a possible penalty looming, Newman and the rest of his team waited for a final verdict from NASCAR. On Sunday NASCAR said they would take the No. 31 car to their Research and Development Center for further evaluation.

On Tuesday NASCAR released a simple statement that said the No. 31 car cleared post-race inspection from Talladega and that there were no issues. Race damage caused the rear to be low.

"I didn't know if there was going to be a penalty, Newman said on Tuesday during the Eliminator Round Media Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "I didn't know what that penalty was going to be. I was confident it wasn't going to be more than 27 points because that would be the biggest penalty for that type of penalty ever that I can imagine or have heard of. But in the end, you never know. I was happy that they did their due diligence in conjunction with working with our team that they understood everything."

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