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CUP: Buckler Battles For Place In Sport

Nearly two years into an ambitious foray into the NASCAR Sprint Cup world, TRG Motorsports owner Kevin Buckler has found the going challenging, to say the least.Right now, TRG’s No. 71 Chevrolet holds onto the 35th and final guaranteed spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup owner points, having featured a rotating cast of drivers, including Bobby Labonte , Andy Lally, Mike Bliss, Landon Cassill, Tony Raines, Hermie Sadler, Chad McCumbee and this weekend at Phoenix, Brendan Gaughan.The team spent part of the season in start-and-park mode, which prompted Labonte’s departure in midseason, although he agreed to return and run some races where the team had sponsorship and so could run the full distance.It’s a humbling existence for Buckler, who has won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and the Grand Am GT-class championship in the sports-car ranks. Nevertheless, he insists he’s in NASCAR for the long haul.TRG got its start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but decided to move up to the Sprint Cu...

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