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CMT Artists of the Year Showcases Performances That Inspire

We simply cannot get enough of the dynamic performances from Wednesday’s (Oct. 17) 2018 CMT Artists of the Year. Every expression exhibited onstage displayed what is lacking in today’s mainstream country music: more songs from the female’s perspective. Pistol Annies kicked off the night with the live world premiere of the sultry “Sugar Daddy,” a... Read more »

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Carrie Underwood Closes CMT Artists of the Year with 50 Years of Songs

Keith Urban’s introduction of Carrie Underwood on Wednesday night (Oct. 17) wasn’t just about her long list of achievements in country music. It was just about her. He listed her virtues as a wife, a mother, a songwriter, a producer, an entertainer, a humanitarian, a culture shifter, and one of the greatest vocalists we’ve ever... Read more »

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Glamour Takes Home a Big CMT Artists of the Year Win

What might have seemed like an otherwise routine Wednesday night outside Nashville’s legendary Schermerhorn Symphony Center was actually anything but. Because inside, at the CMT Artists of the Year event, the all-female honorees, country stars and celebrity guests all stunned in what turned out to be a something of an unofficial fashion show. Some style... Read more »

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Kansas Fantasy Racing Preview

Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Who’s HOT at Kansas Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the spring and won both races in 2017. Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 in each of his last seven starts, including a win in the 2016 spring race. Kevin Harvick won the spring race for his fifth consecutive top 10, which also includes a win in this event in 2016. Joey Logano has finished in the top five in seven of the last 10 races, including wins in this event in 2014 and 2015. Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch each have a 9.7 average finish in the last three races. Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson rank in the top five in laps led in the last three races. Blaney has combined to lead 140 laps (two top fives) in that span and Larson led 101 laps in the spring en route to a fourth-place finish. Keep an Eye On at Kansas Chase Elliott, who..

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CGR to Appeal No. 42 Team Penalty

Chip Ganassi Racing will appeal the penalty issued to the No. 42 team following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The team was found to be in violation of Section 10.9.9.d of the NASCAR Rule Book, which covers the Damaged Vehicle Policy and mechanical repair. CGR released the following statement on Thursday: “After reviewing the penalty, the rule and the procedure that we used during the race in Talladega, we feel strongly that we did nothing wrong. Subsequently, we have decided to appeal the penalty.” As a result, Kyle Larson lost 10 driver points, and is currently 36 points behind the cutoff line to advance to the next round of the playoffs. The statement continued: “Despite going through the appeal process, we will do everything in our power to keep our team focused on the race this weekend in Kansas and the balance of the season.” Statement regarding the penalty issued to the No. 42 yesterday. pic.twitter.com/owowyNj84g — Chip Ganassi Racin..

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Premium to Cease Truck Operations

Premium Motorsports announced today that they will not field a team in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. The team will finish the season racing the No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado with Sobriety Nation as the primary sponsor before ceasing operations after the final race of the 2018 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Premium Motorsports will now shift its focus solely on their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program in 2019. The team has retained Gavel Auction Company NCAL6177 to liquidate most of the team’s assets on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 296 Cayuga Dr. Mooresville, N.C. 28117 following the Martinsville race weekend. The post Premium to Cease Truck Operations appeared first on MRN - Motor Racing Network.

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Kansas Weekend Preview

Playoff implications are on the line this weekend in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series at Kansas Speedway. While Saturday’s Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 (MRN, 2:30 p.m. ET) kicks off the second round for NASCAR’s number two division, Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (MRN, 1:30 p.m. ET) will determine who moves on to the Round of 8 in the Cup Series. The four drivers below the cutline heading into the Cup race are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman. The quartet needs to find its way above the cut-off point or risk being eliminated from the playoff picture. Playoff Standings | Hollywood Casino 400 Entry List While Keselowski and Blaney are 18 and 22 points out – still no easy task to make up ground – things got worse for Larson who is now 36 out thanks to a 10-point penalty incurred in post-race inspection after last week’s Talladega race. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver along with Bowman, who sits 68 behind, need to win in order to ..

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NASCAR Penalizes Larson’s Team

See Also: CGR to Appeal Penalty The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series received an L1-level penalty for an infraction found following Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, according to the NASCAR penalty report. The team was in violation of Section 10.9.9.d of the NASCAR Rule Book, which covers the Damaged Vehicle Policy and mechanical repair. That rule states that regardless of how damage to a car occurs, the team only is permitted to reattach original body parts of the car to their original locations with fasteners and/or tape only. The No. 42 team reattached parts via metal tabs following an on-track incident. As a result, team driver Kyle Larson will lose 10 driver points, and owner Chip Ganassi will lose 10 owner points. Crew chief Chad Johnston is fined $25,000, and car chief David Bryant is suspended from the next Monster Energy Series event this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The L1 penalty is a blow to Larson’s playoff chances. Enterin..

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