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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keslowski Survives War of Attrition, Stretches Fuel for Kentucky Triumph

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Who’s in the headline – With ‘Commander’ Kerry Tharp working his final race before leaving NASCAR to become Darlington Speedway’s track president, Brad Keselowski asked him during a Friday press conference if it would be their last together. Tharp’s reply? “Thats up to you. Win the race and you’ll get another one.” Keselowski did just that, stretching …

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Too Many Pieces in the Puzzle Make Kentucky Difficult to Learn From

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A few years ago, I received a special puzzle that when put together formed a picture from my favorite Christmas movie – A Christmas Story – as part of a family holiday party. Excited and looking for a way to relax, I started putting the puzzle together on Christmas day only to discover that, much to my chagrin, there …

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Josef Newgarden Dusts the Field for Iowa Corn 300 Win

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Competing in his first oval race since suffering a broken collarbone and wrist at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden beat down the field to claim a dominant win in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. Newgarden, 25, improved from two-straight runner-up performances at the Newton, Iowa, circuit by leading a race record 282 out …

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Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Bid for Three-Straight Iowa Wins Burns Out Early

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Ryan Hunter-Reay‘s hope for a third-straight victory at Iowa Speedway has gone up in smoke. After starting 20th, Hunter-Reay was maneuvering his No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda-Dallara around the .875-mile oval on lap 110 when his machine began smoking heavily from an apparent mechanical failure. The incident prompted the Iowa Corn 300’s first yellow …

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Kurt Busch Rises from the Back, Stretches Fuel For Top-Five

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Running with a backup car and starting at the rear of the field after crashing in final practice, Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team had every excuse to run poorly in a race defined by track position at Kentucky Speedway. However, as they’ve done excellently for the last two years, Busch’s team fought through the adversity …

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Opinions Split After Wild-Card Kentucky Race

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Opinions were split amongst the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series paddock after a difficult Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. With myriad changes compared to last season’s race in Sparta, Kentucky, Saturday’s 400-mile war of attrition was impossible to predict. A newly-repaved 1.5-mile surface saw the formerly bumpy track turn smooth, while retaining a few the …

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Pit Road Penalty Spoils Promising Night For Martin Truex, Jr.

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Martin Truex, Jr., has lost races in a wide range of ways over the last two seasons. Yet somehow the three-time Sprint Cup Series winner found yet another way to lose in Saturday’s Quaker State 400. After trading the lead with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski throughout the night, Truex found himself in second coming to …

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Simon Pagenaud Soars to Iowa IndyCar Pole, Penske’s 500th Pole

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Drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock hoping to make gains on Simon Pagenaud‘s impressive points lead at Iowa Speedway will have to pass the Frenchman to make it happen. Pagenaud’s 185.855-mph circuit around the .894-mile Newton, Iowa, oval proved fast enough to score the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300. The result is Pagenaud’s eighth-career pole, …

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Confusion Costs Erik Jones Potential Kentucky Race Win

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Confusion led to frustration as Erik Jones lost a chance to win Friday’s ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway after failing to maintain speed under the race’s penultimate caution. Running in second going into the a lap 175 restart, Jones made the most of the high lane and became the only driver to pass Kyle Busch on-track …

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Ryan Blaney Close, Brad Keselowski Quiet As Penske’s NXS Winless Streak Continues

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For the first time in weeks, it finally looked like one of Team Penske’s stars had a shot at a NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Kentucky Speedway. The crazy thing is, it wasn’t defending race winner Brad Keselowski. Driving in one of the rare starts for Penske’s No. 12 Ford, Ryan Blaney qualified sixth for the night’s …

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