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Nelson Piquet Jr Will Drive the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:58 PM
By Mark Eddinger

After not finding a ride in NASCAR Nelson Piquet Jr will compete in the Red Bull Rallycross season for the newly-formed SH Racing Rallycross team. He will drive the No. 07 Ford Fiesta ST, a factory Ford car constructed by OMSE.

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The 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season is a total of 10 races long. BSN N.O.-XPLODE will be on the car for six of the ten races including the 2014 X Games in Austin, Texas.

The 28-year-old from Brasilia, Brazil has competed the last four seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but has not had a ride so far in 2014.

The 2012 season was a standout year for Piquet who won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He captured the victories at Michigan International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway driving the No. 30 truck for Turner Scott Motorsports. He also finished the 2012 Truck Series season seventh in the points.

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Nationwide News and Notes: Daniel Suarez to Make NNS Debut for JGR, Austin Theriault to Drive for JR Motorsports

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:51 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

The NASCAR Nationwide Series had a busy day concerning youngsters picking up rides on Tuesday as it was announced that two young drivers will make their NASCAR Nationwide Series debuts. 

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that 22-year-old youngster Daniel Suarez will drive the team's #20 Toyota in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night. Suarez is a member of NASCAR's Drive 4 Diversity Program and is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next Program. Suarez is currently running a full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico.

Suarez has won four of the seven races this season he has raced in both of those series. He is currently second in points in the K&N Pro Series East driving for Revolution Racing and is the current points leader in the NASCAR Toyota Series. He will pull double duty at Richmond running both the K&N Pro Series East race and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

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Time for Ricky Stenhouse Jr to Step up and Perform

April 21st, 2014 at 10:39 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is a two time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and proved he belonged in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Stenhouse won eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races in his career including six in the 2012 season which showed he was more than ready to come to the Cup Series. Stenhouse was hired by Jack Roush to replace Matt Kenseth in the #17 Ford after Kenseth left for Joe Gibbs Racing. It seemed that everything was in line for Stenhouse to have a nice rookie season. 

However, Stenhouse's 2013 season was mediocre at best. He finished 19th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and only had three top ten finishes. While not a whole lot was expected of Stenhouse's season, since he was in his rookie campaign in the Sprint Cup Series, it was still a year that cost his crew chief his job.

'Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Kurt Busch, 2013 STP Gas Booster 500' photo (c) 2013, chayes_2014 - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 

Stenhouse's 2013 crew chief Scott Graves was replaced following the season allowing Stenhouse's former Nationwide Series crew chief Mike Kelley to come up to the Sprint Cup Series as the duo tried to rekindle the magic the two had when they won back to back NASCAR Nationwide Series championships in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Graves moved to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and with the move expectations for the #17 Ford immediately heightened and many thought that a good season was in store for Stenhouse. It has not happened that way. 

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Joe Nemechek to Drive for DRG Motorsports This Weekend at Richmond

April 21st, 2014 at 8:32 PM
By Mark Eddinger

DRG Motorsports has signed Joe Nemechek to drive the team's No. 86 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry this weekend at Richmond International Raceway in the ToyotaCare 250 on Friday, May 25th. BUBBA burgers will serve as the primary sponsor on the Chevrolet.

'IMG_5428' photo (c) 2011, Parker Anderson - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/BUBBA burgers, the nation's #1 branded frozen hamburgers, will also serve as primary sponsor on the No. 86 DRG Motorsports Chevrolet at the May 24th Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the June 27th race at Kentucky Speedway.

The 50-year-old Nemechek is a veteran of 421 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with his first series start dating back to 1989. He has recorded 16 career wins in the Nationwide Series with the last of those coming in 2004. He also has 18 poles.

Nemechek has scaled back his Nationwide Series schedule so far this season. He has only competed in two of the seven races driving his own No. 87 Toyota. He finished 12th at Daytona and 19th at Bristol.

His driving schedule has still been plenty busy with Nemechek running the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for the 22nd straight season. He has made five of the eight races in the No. 66 Toyota.

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UBS Chinese Grand Prix Officially Scored Complete on Lap 54 of 56

April 20th, 2014 at 10:43 PM
By Mark Eddinger

There was some confusion about the finish of Sunday's UBS Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, a race that Lewis Hamilton dominated by leading all of the of the 56 laps. Officially the Chinese Grand Prix will go in the books as being completed on lap 54 though.

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The reason why is because the flag man waved the checkered flag at the completion of lap 55 when there should have still been one more lap.

“That was very strange. I was thinking, `Am I seeing things?’ I looked up, I was coming across the line expecting to do another lap and, all of a sudden, I looked for a split second and I saw the flag,” Hamilton said.

During the race broadcast on NBC Sports Network audio was played of Hamilton saying he saw the checkered flag and asking his team if there was still another lap. They told him to run the 56th lap but with such a large lead he was not in danger of being caught by his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

According to Formula One regulations if the checkered flag is shown prematurely then the race will be scored complete at the completion of the previous lap. In this case that lap was number 54.

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