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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

OCESA

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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Hooked On The Adrenaline Rush

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

When Pedro Martinez moved from San Antonio, Texas, to his new home in Mooresville, North Carolina, NASCAR racing was the last of his concerns.
 
The 8-year-old rising fourth grader was more interested in other sports, and those interests carried him though South Iredell High School as a soccer player, wrestler and boxer.
 
It wasn’t until friends persuaded him to attend a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway that Martinez first became acquainted with NASCAR. And then he was hooked.
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D4D Combine Sets High Bar For 2016 Class

By Ashley Mitchell, NASCAR

HAMPTON, Va. -- On the first day of the 12th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, Rev Racing CEO Max Siegel told drivers and Hampton University students “Any and every one in this room who has a desire to do something with their life and their career – you can do it.”

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Diversity Internship Application Now Open

By Lauren Houston, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Each year, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) seeks to obtain the highest quality of undergraduate and graduate applicants to be selected for this 10 week, paid opportunity. NDIP exposes multicultural students to employment opportunities within America’s number one motorsport. NDIP is also an important part of NASCAR’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This year’s application process opened October 16, 2015 and will close January 15, 2016. 

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D4D Youth Combine Participants Announced

Rev Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The participants have been selected for 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Combine. Youth combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills and past experience on November 2nd at Concord Motorsports Park, located in Charlotte, NC.
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Engines Revved For D4D Combine

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Twenty-two drivers have three days to compete for a spot in the motorsport industry’s top driver development program, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), set to commence at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Oct. 19-21, 2015.

Now in its 12th year, the annual Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers, ages 14 to 26, from across North America to test their skills over a three-day period in order to identify members of the NASCAR D4D Class of 2016.

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