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The 10: Chasing in Chicagoland

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 The first round of the Chase has come and gone, and much like last year it’s Toyota that’s taken the early advantage. The Hendrick Motorsports duo of Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott emerged as legitimate contenders in the first round of NASCAR’s playoff, but in the end it was Furniture Row Racing‘s Martin Truex, Jr., …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson Fail LIS After Chicagoland

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While Sunday’s finish wasn’t ruled encumbered, a cumbersome list of infractions to both Chase contenders and regular competitors arose following the Chase-opening race at Chicagoland Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr.’s race-winning No. 78 Toyota and 12th-place finisher Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet each failed post-race LIS inspection after Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles 400. Both cars …

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Chase Elliott Unsurprised After Losing Race to Late Caution

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Chase Elliott wasn’t caught unaware by the late-race caution that costed him a victory in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. In fact, he expected it. “Nothing is yours until it’s over,” Elliott said. ” I mean, that is part of life, man.  You are not dumb, we have all watched this stuff long enough …

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Tire Woes, Cautions Make All the Difference in Chase Opener

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For much of the final 100 laps, it appeared that the story leaving Chicagoland Speedway would be Chase Elliott’s first win. However, after a late-race caution and Martin Truex, Jr.’s victory, the two topics that comes to mind are tires and cautions. Tire woes proved to be the difference in Sunday’s race, beginning with Truex’s early …

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Ty Dillon Subbing For Regan Smith at Chicagoland

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With Regan Smith at home in North Carolina, anticipating the birth of his second child, NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Ty Dillon has been tapped to sub. Dillon will slide behind the wheel of Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet in today’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The team announced the news on social media Sunday …

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Chevrolet Primed to Take the Fight to Toyota in Chicago

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With 13 wins in the opening 26 races of the season, Toyota’s Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing enter the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup as presumptive favorites to earn a second straight title. Those victories, spread among five drivers and peaking with Denny Hamlin‘s romp at Richmond International Raceway, give the manufacturer momentum …

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Kyle Busch Spins, Erik Jones Wins at Chicagoland Speedway

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota entered Chicagoland Speedway looking untouchable on 1.5-mile tracks in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season, with four poles and five wins in five races. For much of the race, it seemed like that trend would continue, too. But when Kyle Busch spun with a flat tire on lap 181, it was …

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2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Grid Set After Chicagoland Battle

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After 26 races, the grid for the first NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase has been set. Twelve teams qualified for the series’ first playoff after Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, with three drivers making their way into the Chase with victories and the other nine positions awarded based on points. Chevrolet leads all manufacturers …

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RCR Adds Daniel Hemric to 2017 XFINITY Series Roster

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On Friday night, Daniel Hemric used a strong second-place run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway to clinch himself into the Chase. Less than 24 hours later, Hemric found himself standing alongside Richard Childress to announce a move up to the XFINITY Series in 2017. Richard Childress Racing announced on Saturday …

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Kyle Busch Claims Chicagoland XFINITY Pole

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Kyle Busch‘s strong weekend continued as the Nevadan soared to the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The result is Busch’s 55th-career NASCAR XFINITY Series pole, and his seventh pole of 2016. Joining Busch on the front row will be Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez. Justin Allgaier, …

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