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The 10: History at Homestead

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The Championship 4 entered Homestead-Miami Speedway filled with talent and hope, but in the end, only one driver could hoist the Sprint Cup Series trophy. That someone, for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons, was Jimmie Johnson. Johnson got the best of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano on the final restart of Sunday’s …

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Carl Edwards Shows Class of a Champion Amid Heartbreaking Loss

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Jimmie Johnson may have hoisted up his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at the end of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, but he wasn’t the only one who looked like a champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards made sure of that. Somehow, some way, Edwards’ bitter championship loss on Sunday managed to look even …

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4 Burning Questions: Which 3 Will Get the Best of 4?

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Who Caps Off 2016 with the Sprint Cup Title? One thing’s for sure: This year’s Championship 4 certainly isn’t lacking storylines. First, there’s Jimmie Johnson, a six-time champion eyeing his seventh and a chance to tie legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the record books. Next? Kyle Busch, 2015’s Cinderella story who’s trying to match …

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The 10: Phoenix Pandemonium

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With two laps to go, Matt Kenseth appeared due for the top spot in our power rankings. Amid a quiet but strong Chase, the 2003 champion had positioned himself to take an impressive victory at Phoenix International Raceway and surge into the Championship 4. Then, suddenly, the caution flag flew and everything changed. Minutes later, …

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Phoenix Semifinal Lives Up to the Hype to Set Up a Dramatic Championship 4

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Fans upset by an apparent lack of drama through the opening eight races of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup need to look no further than Phoenix International Raceway to get their fill of chaos and emotion. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entered the year’s penultimate race amid a relatively quiet Chase, at least …

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Cool Down: Drama, Intensity Set to Rise After Carl Edwards’ Rain-Shortened Texas Triumph

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After a relatively quiet opening six races, you could finally feel it in the air at Texas Motor Speedway. No, I’m not talking about moisture. Drama. Intensity. Desperation. All were present in NASCAR’s return to No Limits, Texas, even in a race that was ran a full six hours later than intended. The drama began …

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2-Headed Monster: Are 2017’s Minor League Eligibility Rules a Good Move for NASCAR?

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NASCAR fans complaining about Sprint Cup Series regulars dipping down and dominating the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series finales got the news they wanted, or at least a step toward it. For the first time in the sport’s history, Cup drivers will be limited, if not stopped, from competing in NASCAR’s minor leagues. A press release from …

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The 10: Hard Knocks & Grandfather Clocks

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It was a quiet summer for Jimmie Johnson. At one point, he even fell out of The 10. However, with the Chase winding down, and the Sprint Cup Series heading to some of his best tracks, Johnson’s returned to form and surged up the rankings. With his Championship 4 bid signed, sealed and delivered, Johnson was …

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History in Sight: Jimmie Johnson Eyes Championship No. 7

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For Hendrick Motorsports, Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 couldn’t have been much more poetic. After 500 grueling laps, Jeff Gordon climbed out from the cockpit of the No. 88 Chevrolet, celebrating a season-best sixth-place result while coming to terms with what appears to have been his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. As Gordon caught …

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