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Motor sports: Pilot Point resident lands Daytona 500 ride

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His most recent start was the Nov. 1, 2014, Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway. “When we sold R3 Motorsports [last year], I pretty much faced the fact I was never going to get a shot at driving a race car again,” Richardson said this week as he prepared to leave for Daytona International Speedway. “I really didn’t expect to get that phone call.

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Motor sports: Dario breaks down last lap of Indy victory

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He said he moved to the inside to block Sato’s run at the start of the last lap and realized he needed to move back up to give the challenger room going into the turn. “I am watching Sato coming, thinking ‘this is going to be interesting,’” Franchitti said. “I had started to make a defensive move and then realized I was too late and so I pulled out of it — and this is way before the corner — and my focus then is looking to Turn 1, and I can’t go on my normal line when I’m up...

Motor sports: Ryan grad making second lap of Sprint Cup career

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After high school, Castro went to North Central Texas College in Corinth but also wanted some hands-on experience. “I walked into J & M Automotive in Denton,” he said of a garage owned by church friend Bobby Turney. “Would it be all right if I just walk in and help out? ” Castro asked. “I definitely needed to improve on my mechanical skills.

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Motor sports: Quiroga seeks win north of border

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The path to reaching those objectives led Quiroga to Denton County on a warm afternoon in late April. “My main goal is to be the first Mexican to win on an oval in a national division of NASCAR,” Quiroga said while preparing for a test session at Texas Motor Speedway, where he will race tonight in the WinStar World Casino 400K. “We’ve been competitive in three out of four races,” the Camping World Truck Series driver said during the April 29 test. “We want to be even stronger.