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Tyler Reddick joins Chip Ganassi Racing for 2017

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Tyler Reddick is headed to the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Chip Ganassi Racing announced the signing of Reddick to the No. 42 Chevrolet Friday morning. Reddick, who has been competing for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series, will split time in the car with Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson.

Team owner Chip Ganassi said Reddick will drive the car in 18 to 22 races.

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Xfinity Series team this coming year,” Reddick said in a team release. “It’ll definitely be a learning curve, but sharing the car with Kyle Larson will speed up my learning process. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a winning organization and without a doubt plan to win races as well. I would like to thank every single person that has put forward an effort to help elevate my career to this point.”

Larson and Justin Marks have shared time in No. 42 this season. Marks will also continue to be involved with the team. Mike Shiplett will remain the team’s crew chief.

Entering the Truck Series season finale, Reddick has made 62 career starts earning three career wins. After making his Truck debut for Ken Schrader Racing at Rockingham Speedway in 2013, Reddick joined BRK to compete on a limited basis in 2014.

He has been full-time in the series the past two seasons. In 2015, Reddick finished second in the championship. Although he failed to qualify for the inaugural Chase this year, Reddick picked up his first win of the season in the Oct. 1 Chase race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Tyler is one of those rare young talents that everyone here at Chip Ganassi Racing feels has a chance at the next level in NASCAR,” Chip Ganassi said. “We feel that he can learn a lot being here with our team and getting to work with Kyle as they both have very similar racing backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing him behind the wheel of one of our cars.”

Brad Keselowski wished Reddick well in a statement released through BKR.

“We are very happy for Tyler and I’m really proud of what he has accomplished with Brad Keselowski Racing,” Keselowski said. “When Tyler came to drive for us in 2014, he didn’t have much racing experience on asphalt, and just one year later he was racing for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. He gave us our first Daytona win in 2015 and first victory on an intermediate track a few weeks ago in Las Vegas – both milestones for our company.

“In his three years and 61 races with our organization, Tyler has established himself as a winner and has become part of the Brad Keselowski Racing family. While we will miss the energy he brought to our team, we are excited to see him graduate to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and look forward to seeing him perform in the next stage of his career. We hope to finish off our season with a win tonight and wish him all the best.”

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NASCAR America: Kyle Busch questions Xfinity rules package at Indy

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Kyle Busch isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly did so after Saturday’s  Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR implemented a number of changes to make the racing closer, tighter and more exciting — including restrictor plates, a larger rear spoiler, aero ducts, and a smaller splitter — and achieved all that on many fronts.

But not for the younger Busch brother, who wasn’t pleased with the rules package. Was it actually designed to specifically slow him down rather than to even out things for the entire field?

Or was he just simply upset because he didn’t win a third Xfinity race in a row at IMS?

Check out how our NASCAR America analysts gauged the Xfinity changes in the above video.

 

TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith passes away

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Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports, died Saturday at his home, after a long battle with cancer, the team announced Monday. He was 63.

He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. He moved his family from the West Coast in the early 1990s to pursue a career in NASCAR. He was the owner of TriStar Motorsports and Pro Motor Engines.

TriStar Motorsports fields the No. 14 in the Xfinty Series with JJ Yeley and the No. 72 in the Cup Series with Cole Whitt. The team stated the team will continue operations under the management of Bryan Smith, son of Mark Smith.

“It was dad’s dream to own and operate a NASCAR team,” Bryan Smith said. “He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang victoryjunction.org or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility) novafunding.org.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. ET, Aug. 1 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. (facebook.com/Remembering-Mark-Smith-301261653675224)

NASCAR America: Analysts break down Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. wreck (video)

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Given how wild the Brickyard 400 played out, the big wreck between race leaders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t exactly surprising.

Rather, with the way the race transpired from the opening lap, was the Busch/Truex wreck almost inevitable?

Truex got loose and washed up into the left rear of Busch’s car, sending both drivers and their respective cars into the outside retaining walls, hitting hard and ending their respective days.

Check out what our NASCAR America analysts had to say about the wreck from Monday’s show in the above video.

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps wild Brickyard 400 (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will become part of our NBC Sports Group in 2018 — looked back on a wild and intense Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt was one of several drivers whose day came to an early ending — in Junior’s case when he ran into the back of Trevor Bayne‘s car, destroying his radiator in the process.

All the mayhem and mishaps could be linked to over-aggressive driving, Earnhardt said, saying that every driver was in “attack mode,” especially on restarts.

Check out Junior in the video above.