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A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the family of Kevin Ward Jr. can pursue all claims against Tony Stewart in the Aug. 2014 death of their son at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsport Park. Judge David Hurd ruled that the Empire Super Sprints race would be considered a recreational activity under New York law, which means the waivers releasing liability signed by the 20-year-old Ward and his father (as the car owner) are not enforceable. On whether Ward suffered pre-impact terror or pain following being hit by Stewart's car, the judge ruled that is for the jury to determine.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., is looking for a 2018 ride as he was released from a contract extension announced in October. Earnhardt drove in 2017 for a NASCAR Cup team that was a partnership of team owners Curtis Key and Joe Falk. Key announced Tuesday that Falk has terminated the partnership. Falk has control of a charter (which guarantees a spot in all races), and his plans for 2018 are to be determined. Key said his organization plans to field a NASCAR Cup car in 2018 and is seeking a driver and sponsor. Hulu, which sponsored Jeffrey Earnhardt in several races last year, also does not have definitive 2018 plans, according to a spokesman for Falk.

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William Byron, the Xfinity Series champion who will replace Kasey Kahne next season at Hendrick Motorsports, talks about what he has seen while at Hendrick the last couple of weeks and expectations for him in his NASCAR Cup rookie season in 2018:

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According to testimony in Robert Boston's trial, his computer recycling company Zloop spent more than $6 million on racing, including for his son Justin to race in ARCA and NASCAR. Venturini Motorsports sponsor reports indicated that the Zloop name alone earned about $3.8 million worth of television exposure in ARCA from 2013-14 -- Zloop appeared for 3 hours, 22 minutes during ARCA telecasts in 2013 – and more than $9 million when also including mentions of its website, the Zloop 150 ARCA race and other Zloop-related programs. Social media value was not included in those estimates.

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Robert Boston was found guilty on felony counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, security fraud and money laundering as a 12-member jury determined he defrauded investors in his now-bankrupt company Zloop. Prosecutors alleged Boston spent money on non-business-related items and did not make the required disclosures of past bankruptcies and fraud complaints against him when pitching investors, who put approximately $33 million into the company. Boston's attorneys had argued that despite Boston's best intentions, the company was poorly run and the $6 million spent on his son, Justin, to race in ARCA and NASCAR was part of the marketing plan known to investors. A date for sentencing was not scheduled.

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Robert Boston did not testify in his defense, and a 12-member jury will begin deliberations Friday after four days of testimony in federal court in Charlotte. Boston, who faces four charges for alleged fraud and money laundering, is accused by prosecutors of not accurately disclosing past financial history and using investor money to fund a lavish lifestyle and the racing career of son, Justin. Boston's attorneys argued that a poorly run business is not a crime, and there was no attempt by Boston to defraud investors of the computer recycling company Zloop.

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Richard Petty Motorsports will move from Ford to Chevrolet next season and form an alliance with Richard Childress Racing. RPM majority Andrew Murstein: "We needed a change, and Chevrolet and RCR clearly saw the immense value of the Petty brand, which I believe is simply the best in the sport. We hope to combine our best with their best and take it to another level in 2018. ... With this new move, and with Bubba (Wallace) coming aboard who is one of the most talented and hottest young drivers in the sport, we couldn't be more excited about our future. "

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