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Monday 02/23/2015
FIVE THINGS from the weekend at Daytona
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Thoughts after the NASCAR opener at Daytona.

Sunday 02/22/2015
Logano wins Daytona 500
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Joey Logano, the driver who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to his first career Daytona 500 victory Sunday as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting him into one of NASCAR's top stars.

Monday 02/16/2015
GREGORY: No magic at Daytona
Posted: February 16, 2015

For NASCAR fans and competitors, Daytona is a magic word.

Monday 02/09/2015
GREGORY: Dale Jr. remains a hot item in NASCAR
Posted: February 09, 2015

There is one surefire way to increase ticket sales, boost television ratings and sell magazines in NASCAR.

NASCAR promotes Helton
Posted: February 09, 2015

NASCAR has elevated Bristol, Virginia, native Mike Helton from president to vice chairman, and added chief operating officer Brent Dewar to its board of directors.

Friday 01/30/2015
Hall of Fame inductee Scott's career was a civil rights stand in and of itself
Updated: January 30, 2015 - 5:33 pm

It was 1972, and Wendell Scott had about all he could take.

Thursday 01/29/2015
Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Times set for Bristol NASCAR races
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 12:14 pm

The official start times for 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including those at Bristol Motor Speedway, have been set.

Monday 01/26/2015
GREGORY: Gordon deserves the acclaim
Posted: January 26, 2015

The glowing tributes have been non-stop since four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon revealed Thursday that he will retire as a full-time driver following the 2015 season.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
AP: Jeff Gordon decided last year to leave NASCAR after '15
Posted: January 22, 2015

Jeff Gordon knew midway through last season that he had just one more year in him.

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Monday 01/19/2015
GREGORY: Average race fans just want the action
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 2:30 am

For the past few months, groups of men and women across the Mountain Empire have been battling a fever.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
GREGORY: Future is now for NASCAR
Posted: January 15, 2015

Entering the 2014 season, the goal of NASCAR officials was to create more must-see drama.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
New ride has McClure excited about upcoming season
Posted: January 08, 2015

While Southwest Virginia was wrapped in a deep freeze Wednesday, Eric McClure was thinking about his annual fastbreak to the Florida coast.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
NASCAR: McClure lands new ride
Posted: January 06, 2015

Team McClure Inc. and JGL Racing have formed a new partnership that will place Chilhowie’s Eric McClure in a JGL Toyota Camry for the full 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

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Police: Kurt Busch assault investigation sent to prosecutors
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 4:45 pm

DOVER, Del. — The police investigation into allegations that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch assaulted his ex-girlfriend is complete and has been forwarded to Delaware prosecutors to decide whether charges will be filed, authorities said Tuesday.

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Sunday 10/26/2014
Junior finally wins at Martinsville
Posted: October 26, 2014

About time, Junior.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 4:31 pm

A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
AUTO RACING: Kingsport native lands job
Posted: September 23, 2014

Kingsport native Kenny Hunley has been named as the new NASCAR Director of Weekly Racing.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Keselowski wins opening round of NASCAR's Chase
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Brad Keselowski saw one shot in front of him to steal the win in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Three big winners from the Night Race
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Who came up bit Saturday night.

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GREGORY: Penske phenom continues to ripen
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

The maturation of Joey Logano continues.

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Rough weekend has Kyle Busch feeling not so entertained
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Kyle Busch isn’t likely to look back on his August 2014 race week at Bristol Motor Speedway with much fondness.

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Saturday 08/23/2014
A first for Logano - a Cup win in Bristol
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:46 pm

It was a Big Three triumph for Joey Logano at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Yeley rocks out during driver intros
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

J.J. Yeley rocked out Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway – and that was before the green flag even waved.

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GREGORY: Whitaker won on his terms
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 7:24 pm

In terms of colorful characters, memorable events and manhood-testing venues, few sports can rival stock car racing.

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Kenseth looks to catch a 2014 break at Bristol
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

The most recent winner of the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway could use a return trip to Victory Lane tonight.

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GREGORY: Blaney doesn't 'mess up'
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

There were three laps remaining in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway late Friday night when Ryan Blaney faced the biggest challenge of his motorsports career.

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Three big winners from the Food City 300
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Who got the most out of Friday's Nationwide race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Blaney steals lead, spotlight from Kyle Busch
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

One last restart made one big difference Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Blaney steals the lead, Kyle Busch's show at Food City 300
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Ryan Blaney stole the lead from Kyle Busch on a restart with six laps to go Friday and held on to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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HUBBARD: No surprise Gordon back in the mix
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

OK, so don’t call it a comeback. No, it wasn’t another pole.

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Motivated Dillon back ... and in the black
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

No driver was more associated with the Saturday night drama at Bristol Motor Speedway than the late Dale Earnhardt.

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Rough day for Larson, Almirola
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Some of the top performers in Friday’s Sprint Cup practice sessions didn’t fare so well in qualifying.

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Emotions mixed in Stewart’s absence
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

To the dismay of his many passionate fans, Tony Stewart will not compete in tonight’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Three drivers to watch in Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Jamie Squire

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Harvick's record run puts him on IRWIN Tools pole
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Kevin Harvick set a track record by earning the pole with a lap at 131.362 miles per hour during qualifying Friday for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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It's official - Food City 500 moved to April 19
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

NASCAR and Food City made it official today at Bristol Motor Speedway - the Food City 500 will move to April 19 next season.

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Another pole win for Kyle Busch - this time for tonight's Food City 300
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Once again, Kyle Busch will have the field in his rearview mirror to start a race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
GREGORY: Keselowski victory a long time hoping
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 8:41 am

Score one for a roots racer at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Spotlight burns bright on Chase Elliott
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Chase Elliott entered the spring Nationwide race at Bristol Motor Speedway as a highly hyped rookie.

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3 drivers to watch in the Food City 300
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 9:40 pm

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Chase Elliott poses for a portrait at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images) Todd Warshaw

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Three big winners from the UNOH 200
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Who came up big in Thursday's Camping World Trucks Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Keselowski answers with a Trucks win
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 2:28 pm

The questions can now end for Brad Keselowski.

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A first for Keselowski: A Camping World win
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski picked up his first Camping World Trucks win after 61 starts on Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Mother Nature wins; UNOH 200 postponed to today at 10 a.m.
Posted: August 20, 2014

The rain, rain just won’t go away at Bristol Motor Speedway this year.

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UNOH 200 postponed to Thursday at 10 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Rain has postponed NASCAR's Camping World Trucks Series' UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway to Thursday.

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GREGORY: Southern Mods still second fiddle at BMS
Posted: August 20, 2014

The drivers and fans on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are a passionate and proud bunch. While the Sprint Cup stars steal the national headlines, the Mod Squad engages in long debates over which track, driver and region is the best.

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Barrett motors back to win Bush Bean's 150
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 10:29 am

Tommy Barrett Jr. made his way up from a starting spot of 18th and found a spot in Victory Lane in the caution-plagued race.

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Kyle Busch wins UNOH 200 pole
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 8:05 pm

The favorite will start from the front tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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'Rowdacus' seeking to be maximus at the Concrete Colosseum
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 5:45 pm

A night that’s beginning with Bush’s Beans could end with another heaping helping of Busch, Kyle.

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Tony Stewart skipping Bristol after Ward's death
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Stewart's decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart's car at Michigan last week.

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Bonsignore wins pole for Bush's Beans 150
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Justin Bonsignore has been knocking on the door of Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Last year’s BMS debut didn’t go so well for Luke Fleming. He’s hoping to erase that tonight.
Posted: August 19, 2014

Fans of modified racing know all about Luke Fleming and his family from cozy Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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Hornaday a man among the series’ young guns
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Ron Hornaday Jr. has a much-deserved reputation as a mentor to young racers, but that role has taken on a new dimension this season.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Rhodes to race trucks for first time at BMS
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 12:07 am

Many young drivers come to Bristol Motor Speedway full of tension and anxiety before taking the high-banked thrill ride.

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Source: 2015 Food City 500 moving to April
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 4:55 pm

According to a source who works inside the sport, the date of the 2015 NASCAR spring Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be moved to Sunday, April 19.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
GREGORY: Let's hope Stewart tells his side of the story soon
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 5:23 pm

For the past week, the motorsports community has been under a microscope following the horrific accident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr., in a sprint car race in New York.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Bristol race fans making an early arrival
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Twice a year, the sprawling campgrounds around Bristol Motor Speedway serve as a forum for wide-ranging debates among NASCAR fans.

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