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NASCAR planning to reduce Cup horsepower

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10:55 AM ET 03.23 | NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes in 2015 to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in 2015 as well. That's the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton. In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota and race teams about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes for next year. Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks.

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Matt Kenseth suggests satellite teams helping Penske

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10:45 AM ET 03.16 | Michael McDowell calls Matt Kenseth's suggestion that McDowell has tested for Team Penske's benefit a matter of "sour grapes." Kenseth raised the issue after qualifying Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway when asked about Penske's success this season. Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have started no worse than the second row in the last three races and Keselowski swept last week's Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas. Kenseth pointed to McDowell and Leavine Family Racing with helping Keselowski and Logano. "Without opening a can of worms, it's my understanding that they (Team Penske) got to do a lot of testing - I think they've been to all three tracks with their "satellite teams" - Michael McDowell and cars like that I think in the Penske trailer," Kenseth said. "I think they've gathered a lot of information at all these tracks and was really prepared when the season started. It really shows because the first three races they've been the best two cars on Friday for qualifying and they've been pretty darn good in all the races, too. We haven't really had that luxury, so we've been trying to look into that and figure out how we can get a little more track data gathered."

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Kyle Larson gets new uniforms, paint scheme

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11:44 AM ET 02.13 | Target Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled a new look for their No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS which will be driven by Kyle Larson in 2014. The team unveiled three newly-designed firesuits that Kyle Larson and the No. 42 Target team will wear throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, along with two new paint schemes for the Chevy. The new look will be rolled out onto the track beginning with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23. Images are available on FanSided.com.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick in Super Bowl commercials

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11:04 AM ET 02.02 | Dale Earnhardt Jr. does a burnout as part of his Super Bowl commercial for Diet Mountain Dew, but the sport's most popular driver is in a place where you wouldn't expect to see his famous racecar. But thanks to the art of cinematography, he's in a familiar environment and appears to be using his No. 88 Chevy for a unique purpose. Earnhardt is one of at least two NASCAR stars who will star in Super Bowl commercials on Sunday. Danica Patrick will star in her record 13th Super Bowl commercial for sponsor GoDaddy.

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NASCAR considering points, Chase changes

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09:49 AM ET 01.18 | NASCAR is planning a vast restructuring of the points system in its premier Sprint Cup Series that would greatly emphasize winning races and feature eliminations in its Chase playoff system, according to multiple sources briefed on the plan this week. In addition to expanding the Chase field from 12 to 16 drivers, a win in the season's first 26 races would virtually ensure a driver entry into the championship Chase. If there were more than 16 winners, the 16 with the most wins and highest in points would gain entry.

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