Following Goodyear’s Recommendations: Sacrificing Safety for More Speed

Following last Sunday’s Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois race winning crew chief Paul Wolfe from the Team Penske No. 22 Ford for driver Joey Logano fielded question during a NASCAR Media availability. Among the topics he addressed was that of the seemingly high number of tire failures that have been seen throughout the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. NASCAR’s new car, the Next Gen, has provided some challenges as well as some benefits to race teams. The car has also shown that it can provide excellent racing, particularly on some types of…

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Atlanta Cup Race: Starting Lineup, Pre-Race Analysis, Predicted Winner

Analysis Every NASCAR Cup Series race held so far in the 2020 season has been filled with unknowns but perhaps none have come with as many question marks as this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Atlanta Motor Speedway has undergone a major refurbishing since the last race held here in the summer of 2021. The worn surface has been repaved. The banking has been altered and the racing groove has been narrowed. As a result of those changes, NASCAR has called for the teams to employ the same engine rules and aero package as those used at Daytona International…

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Ben Rhodes earns NCWTS title; Chandler Smith wins Phoenix race

November 5, 2021 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service AVONDALE, Ariz. – A bantamweight boxer in the training room, Ben Rhodes punched like a heavyweight on Friday at Phoenix Raceway. On Lap 142 of 150 in the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship race, Rhodes tapped the tailgate of Zane Smith’s Chevrolet with the nose of his No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, nudged Smith up the track in Turn 2 and made the pass that secured his first title. At the time, the pass was for fourth place—as Chandler Smith was running away to victory in a…

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Christian Eckes leads ThorSport Truck Series parade in Vegas

September 24, 2021 By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service For the second consecutive week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crowned a first-time winner. Christian Eckes, a 20-year old New York native, took the lead on a final restart with four laps remaining to claim his first trophy and lead a historic 1-2-3-4 finish for the ThorSport Racing team. Eckes teammate Ben Rhodes finished .272-seconds back, followed by Playoff driver Matt Crafton and veteran Johnny Sauter who completed the ThorSport four-of-a-kind at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Todd Gilliland finished fifth after leading a race best 66 laps. Although understandably excited…

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Weekend Preview: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

August 12, 2021 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Kyle Larson has a chance to enhance road course credentials at Indianapolis As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to its second consecutive road course race—the series’ debut event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course—we have a challenge to Chase Elliott’s supremacy and a budding asphalt rivalry between two of the world’s best dirt-track racers. Both involve Cup’s most prolific winner this season, Kyle Larson, who likely will factor in the finish of Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Larson already…

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