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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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Kyle Fowler to Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut This Weekend at Martinsville Speedway

October 21st, 2014 at 12:43 AM
By Mark Eddinger

GO FAS Racing has entered 22-year-old Kyle Fowler as the driver of the Frank Stoddard Jr owned No. 32 Ford for this coming weekend's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinville Speedway. With only 43 cars on the initial entry list the Smyrna, Georgia native looks poised to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.

Fowler has limited experience at the higher levels of stock car racing. In 2012 he made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut and drove seven races for Randy Hill's team and had a best finish of 21st. Then in 2013 he also raced seven times in the Nationwide Series for Go Green Racing and owner Archie St. Hilaire and had a best finish of 20th. Hilaire is a part-owner of GO FAS Racing now.

This season Fowler has driven one race in the Nationwide Series. That came at Charlotte in May when he finished 32nd for DRG Motorsports.

Fowler made five starts in both 2010 and 2011 in the ARCA Racing Series. He made his NASCAR debut at age 17 in 2009 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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Doug Coby Clinches Second Championship in Three Seasons as Ryan Preece Wins Finale

October 20th, 2014 at 9:04 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Doug Coby wrapped up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship for 2014 to go along with his 2012 title. His 17th place finish was the worst of the season for him, but he still won the championship by 22 points over Ryan Preece.

Preece, the 2013 champion, wrapped up his season with back-to-back wins as he took the checkered flag in Sunday's Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. Preece's win total is now up to 11 in his NASACR Whelen Modified Tour career. On Monday, Preece announced that he would leave Flamingo Racing, where he has finished second, first, and second the past three seasons in points, to join TS Haulers Racing. Ron Silk parted ways with that team following the 2014 season.

As for Coby, he scored one win during the 2014 season, but his nine top fives were two more than any other driver and helped earn him the championship for the second time in three years.

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Brad Keselowski Saves Championship Chances After Winning Wild GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

October 19th, 2014 at 7:34 PM
By Mark Eddinger

NASCAR's new Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff format reached the next cutoff and the 2012 champion, Brad Keselowski, had his back against the wall, needing a win to ensure his advancement into the final eight. Keselowski did just that after surviving near disaster early in the race and then holding off the field during a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish to win the GEICO 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Keselowski joined fellow Contender Round winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano along with Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Jeff Gordon in the Eliminator Round of the Chase, which will cut the field down from eight to four drivers. The four that advance will race for the championship in the season finale with the highest finisher taking the crown.

Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr did not advance in the Chase.

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Timothy Peters Wins Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Talladega

October 19th, 2014 at 1:52 AM
By Mark Eddinger

It took a green-white-checkered finish, but Red Horse Racing and Timothy Peters was able to hold of the field of trucks in the Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon. The win was the first of the 2014 season for Peters and the eighth of his Truck Series career.

Behind Peters, the field scrambled five-wide through the tri-oval to the finish line on the final lap. Tayler Malsam finished second, Spencer Gallagher third, Tyler Reddick fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Erik Jones in sixth, Chris Fontaine seventh, John Wes Townley eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr ninth, and Joe Nemechek tenth.

Tyler Reddick started from the pole, but it was Tayler Malsam that took the lead on the opening lap. He led until lap 6 when Ryan Blaney passed him. Malsam went back in front on lap 7, but Blaney took the lead on lap 11. The first caution then flew on lap 12 when Erik Jones and German Quiroga came into contact on the backstretch. Quiroga then got turned down into Mason Mingus, who was turned up the track into the path of Ryan Sieg and Ron Hornaday Jr. Quiroga finished 29th, Mingus 32nd, Sieg 33rd, and Hornaday 34th in the 36 truck field.

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