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NASCAR’s Future Still and Will Always be in the Hands of Fans

I will admit when I am wrong. In April I wrote about how despite its winning ways, consistency was still necessary for Stewart-Haas Racing to contend for the Sprint Cup. Well, I was half wrong. Consistency still played a part heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway, but I certainly did not think Kevin Harvick had a realistic …

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No Special Treatment Necessary During Expanded Championship Battle

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We are entering a situation that may have never been witnessed before. There have been champions decided on occasion between two or three drivers at the season’s end, but never before have four competitors been separated by literally nothing entering a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale. With so much at stake, questions get raised: should …

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Tires: The Decision That Changed Texas Outcome and the Precedence It Sets

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We are all very familiar by now with the altercation that took place on track during the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway and the chaos that ensued into Sunday evening. All week questions have been debated ranging from whether there was a hole big enough to make a move to whether the suspensions and …

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Newman, RCR Consistency Could Shake Adjusted Title Battle’s Purpose of Winning

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Last Sunday a team that earned its fourth top 5 of the season with a record of zero wins and a total of 41 laps led is in prime position to contend for the championship in the top level of stock car racing come Homestead. Let that sink in for a moment. In a modern world …

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Search for On-Track Improvement Needed after Off-Track Drama

We have heard it all too much recently: the fan commenting to the world that “the race was boring, but what happened afterward was awesome!” For those with an eye for excitement, one would have to agree to a point. In the short term, drama draws attention to the sport and may even increase viewership from …

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Does the Future Continue to Look Bright for Jamie McMurray?

Can you believe it has been 12 years since we witnessed Joplin, Mo.’s Jamie McMurray shock the masses with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start? Here he is in 2014, still virtually with the same team owners and still with a shot to win many weekends, …

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NASCAR Rule Changes Creating Some Fascinating Conundrums

It was January of 1990, and one of what I’m sure were several children traveled with his family to an annual motorsports show in Valley Forge, Pa., to see high-profile drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Harry Gant and Kyle Petty. In the weeks leading up and following, these drivers …

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Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

Kyle Larson has lived up to the hype that preceded him prior to the start of the season. But what about the rest of the rookie contenders? Credit: CIA Stock Photography

  Kyle Larson turned up the aggression and performed remarkably in the closing stages and during much of the MyAFibStory.com 400. In his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie who just missed out on a spot in the new ten-race Chase format showed no weakness as he fought season-long championship contenders …

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Fans in Attendance Following the Richmond Race the Big Winners

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With all of the Chase hype resulting in Brad Keselowski’s domination and the lack of any outcome-altering position changes, a rather anticlimactic 400 laps was not an entire loss if you were at Richmond International Raceway. I like to see the positive in things, and after the Federated Auto Parts 400 (and with one fan climbing …

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Playoff Success: Winless Wonders Have Their Day at Atlanta

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Last week, a running theme from Bristol revolved around teams missing their season-long opportunity to capitalize on a win. Several winless drivers, whose best shot might have been at Thunder Valley, instead looked like they were struck by lightning, thrown backwards while the sport’s best teams padded their playoff spots. My, what a difference eight …

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