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Wendell Scott Decal Debuts at Las Vegas

By: Brooke Bunch

NASCAR paid tribute to Wendell Scott last weekend in conjunction with the anniversary of his first career start, continuing a tradition started in 2010.

All cars racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway featured Wendell Scott decals on the B-post or C-post. The B-post is the area next to the driver's shoulder and the C-post is located next to the rear window on both sides of the car.

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Suárez, Lang and Chevrolet Recognized

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Daniel Suárez, will headline a group of eight winners at the ninth annual NASCAR Diversity Awards. The event will take place at 12 p.m. ET today at the Daytona International Speedway in the lead up to the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21 (1 p.m. ET on FOX).  

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A Day of Service

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a civil rights leader and world influencer, NASCAR Multicultural Development and The NASCAR Foundation invited NASCAR executives to participate in a Day of Service in Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday.

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NASCAR D4D Unveils 2016 Driver Roster

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a competitive Combine event last October, six drivers were selected to the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity® (D4D) class and will join the industry’s premier development program for multicultural and female drivers, and pit crew members.

Talented drivers from across the Americas will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and attempt to follow in the footsteps of D4D graduates and current NASCAR national series drivers Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

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Champs Celebrate Crowning Achievements

Official Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three young, rising stars received their first NASCAR championships, and four veteran drivers added to their already impressive resumes.

On a night where the remarkable achievements of 2015 were recognized, it was seven drivers who stood on stage at the Charlotte Convention Center Saturday at the conclusion of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions who accomplished the sport's ultimate honor.

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Russell’s Remarkable Journey

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Services

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – It was a chance internet search that led jackman Mike Russell to NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and, ultimately, to a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship with driver Chris Buescher.

“I was on the internet searching pit crew development stuff, and I came across coach Phil Horton,” said Russell, who on Saturday became the first African-American D4D alumnus to win a NASCAR national series championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“So I called him and talked to him, and that really jump-started my career.”

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Garcia Celebrates First Mexico Championship

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BERRIOZÁBAL, Chiapas, Mexico – The day after turning 20, rising NASCAR star Rubén García Jr. completed his birthday weekend in style as he celebrated the 2015 NASCAR Mexico Series championship.

The Mexico City driver drove the No. 88 Canels/Scotiabank/HDI Toyota to a fifth-place finish in the season-ending Red Co 240 at Súper Óvalo Chiapas to cap the five-race Desafio with the Mexico's national championship.

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Suarez Earns XFINITY Rookie Honors

By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR News Wire

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Team owner Joe Gibbs sees Daniel Suárez as a big part of the future – not only for NASCAR but for his team.
 
Part of the equation is about the 23-year-old’s talents as the driver who just earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Suárez moved up to fifth in the final series standings with his sixth-place effort in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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Larson Dominates En Route To XFINITY Win

By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR News Wire

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Larson took out a season of frustration on the NASCAR XFINITY Series field Saturday in the season finale, tracking down Austin Dillon in the closing laps to win the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by slightly less than a second.

Despite Larson’s dominance in leading 118 of 200 laps, Chris Buescher ran a clean race, finishing 11th to clinch his first XFINITY Series title. Buescher came into the race needing to finish 13th or better to guarantee himself the championship.

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NASCAR, Chevy Team Up to Reward Students

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and Chevrolet  announced the  winners in the NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a special presentation at Texas Motor Speedway.

Four undergraduate college students from across the country were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships and treated to a VIP experience at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500, which included a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pace car rides and meet-and-greets with Team Chevy drivers and Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program Manager, Alba Colon.

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