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Tony Stewart wins Arctic Cat All Star sprint car race

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Tony Stewart was victorious Sunday night in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions race at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania.

Stewart claimed his first win of the season in the sprint car series he’s owned since 2015 and his third series win overall.

He took the lead on Lap 18 of the 30-lap feature.

The three-time Cup champion won over Cale Conley, Lance Dewease and Paul McMahan.

Kyle Larson also competed in the race and led the first two laps before a mechanical failure ended his night. He finished 23rd.

Christopher Bell wins Ohio Sprint Speedweek race; Kyle Larson second

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Christopher Bell continued the NASCAR theme during Ohio Sprint Speedweek by winning Tuesday night’s Arctic Cat Circuit of Champions race at Sharon Speedway.

Kyle Larson, who had won two previous nights of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, finished second. Former Truck racer Rico Abreu placed fourth. Former Xfinity driver Cale Conley was 11th. Former Cup driver Dave Blaney finished 16th. Former Cup champion Tony Stewart placed 24th.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek continues tonight at Atomic Speedway.

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J.J. Yeley to drive for TriStar Motorsports in Xfinity Series

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After spending 2015 driving full-time in the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series, JJ. Yeley has joined TriStar Motorsports to compete in the Xfinity Series in 2016.

Yeley will drive the No. 14 Toyota beginning this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Heads Up Georgia 250. Yeley was with JGL Racing in Xfinity last year while the No. 14 was driven by Cale Conley and Mike Bliss.

The No. 14 was driven by Benny Gordon in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

“I am excited to get back behind the wheel of a race car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” Yeley said in a team release. “It was tough not being at Daytona last weekend, but I am ready to get back out and make some laps. I can’t thank Mark Smith and the guys at TriStar Motorsports enough for the opportunity. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some decent finishes for the team.”

Yeley has competed in NASCAR’s top three series since 2004 but has not recorded a win in 493 starts. He finished 12th in the Xfinity point standings last season.

15 Xfinity drivers topped the $1 million mark in earnings in 2015

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Between race winnings, special awards and earnings from the points fund, a total of 15 drivers earned over $1 million in the 2015 Xfinity Series, according to NASCAR officials.

Series champion Chris Buescher led the way with $1,894,800, followed by Regan Smith ($1,609,310), 2014 series champ Chase Elliott ($1,550,529), Daniel Suarez ($1,516,316), Ty Dillon ($1,434,768), Elliott Sadler ($1,213,855), Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. ($1,212,362), Brian Scott ($1,201,584), Ryan Blaney ($1,189,380) and Brendan Gaughan ($1,150,435) rounded out the top 10.

Eleventh to 20th in earnings were Ryan Reed ($1,125,512), Ryan Sieg ($1,031,738), JJ Yeley ($1,030,567), Dakoda Armstrong ($1,019,977), Jeremy Clements ($1,011,520), Ross Chastain ($877,840), David Starr ($865,832), Joey Gase ($848,034), Blake Koch ($842,262) and Eric McClure ($836,201).

Three non-Xfinity regulars topped $1 million in earnings as well: Truck Series driver Erik Jones ($1,399,408) and Sprint Cup drivers Austin Dillon $1,271,379) and Kyle Busch ($1,095,389).

Buescher’s special awards included the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award, the Goodyear Tires Award, American Ethanol Award and Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award.

Others receiving special awards included Busch ($54,500 as 3M Lap Leader and Duralast Brakes ‘Brake In The Race’ awards), Blaney ($20,000 as Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award), Austin Dillon ($58,600 as Coors Light Pole Award) and Daniel Suarez ($15,000) as Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

A total of 117 drivers earned prize money this past season.

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Lack of funding brings premature end to Xfinity season for Cale Conley

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A lack of sponsorship and team funding has brought a premature end to the 2015 season for NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Cale Conley.

The driver of the No. 14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota had qualified for all 30 races thus far in 2015, with a best finish of 16th at both Fontana earlier this season and Kentucky last month.

The 23-year-old driver from Vienna, West Virginia was in his first full-time season in the Xfinity Series. He is ranked 19th in the standings.

“I would like to thank the TriStar Motorsports organization and owner Mark Smith for giving me this opportunity to race at tracks I had not visited in the past,” Conley said in a statement. “I am really looking forward to finalizing my 2016 race season plans and I am excited to see everyone at Daytona International Speedway in February.

“I want to thank all of my loyal fans, my family and the support from the members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.”

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