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The 10: Wrecking at Watkins Glen

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Oh how quickly things can change. For a time, it appeared that Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson were each due for a leap into the top 5 of these rankings. Then, in the final 300 yards of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, everything went awry as both drivers were sent spinning and, in …

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It’s Time to Admit It: The Chase Deserves a Road Course

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After another set of thrilling road course races at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, it’s time to admit it. The Chase for the Sprint Cup needs a road course. Once surrounded by a general feeling of awkwardness as the majority of the field attempted merely to survive and advance, the two road courses have …

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Chris Buescher Overcomes Crash to Gain on Top 30

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It’s not often that a driver can say they gained on a goal after a trip to the infield care center, but such was the case for Chris Buescher as his team closed the gap to 30th-place David Ragan in the Sprint Cup Series standings and an automatic Chase berth at Watkins Glen International. One week …

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Denny Hamlin Expels Sonoma Demons With Watkins Glen Win

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For Denny Hamlin, the wait for NASCAR’s a return to a road course must have seemed like an eternity. While it was ultimately lost in the story of Tony Stewart’s triumphant comeback, Hamlin’s collapse in the final turn at Sonoma Raceway cost the Daytona 500 champion a chance to claim his first road course victory …

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XFINITY Chase Bubble Tightens After Crash-Filled Watkins Glen

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With the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase slowly approaching, the battle for the final spot in the playoff’s 12-team grid is heating up. Blake Koch‘s early exit in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International mixed with clean runs from Ross Chastain and Dakota Armstrong saw the battle for the final preliminary spot in the Chase …

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Team Penske Takes Right Turn Amid Woeful 2016 XFINITY Campaign

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Amid one of the worst NASCAR XFINITY Series seasons in Team Penske‘s history, the organization needed some right turns -both figuratively and literally- to get the ship sailing in the right direction. Typically one of the dominant forces in NASCAR’s second series along with Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske witnessed the lion’s share of struggles to start …

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Joey Logano Survives for Repeat XFINITY Win at Watkins Glen

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One year removed from the first ever sweep of the XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, Joey Logano set himself up to repeat the feat with another convincing win. Logano held off a challenge from teammate Brad Keselowski and survived an attrition-filled race to win Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the …

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Large Crash Halts XFINITY Series Race at Watkins Glen

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After two early cautions, the NASCAR XFINITY Series field was forced to stop during a red flag after a vicious crash on lap 18 of Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen came Circuiting the 2.454-mile Watkins Glen International on a restart after a lap 13 caution, Todd Bodine and Ryan Sieg were battling for position through …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Aric Almirola Dishes on Daytona Win, 2016 Struggles

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It’s been a season of highs and lows for Richard Petty Motorsports veteran Aric Almirola. Fresh off of two solid years in 2014 and 2015, the first of which led to a Chase berth, Almirola and RPM have struggled to find speed and consistency in 2016.  After finishing inside of the top 20 in points …

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The 10: Peeking Through the Fog After Pocono

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If there’s one thing that can be said for certain about Monday’s postponed running of the Pennsylvania 400, it’s that no race in NASCAR’s history was quite like it. First, there was the fact that it was the first time a track had suffered two postponed races in the same year. Then, there was the …

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