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The 10: Happy in New Hampshire

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 For 292 laps, it looked like Toyota had done it again. Carl Edwards took the pole. Martin Truex, Jr., had a rocket ship a week after a Chase-opening win at Chicagoland Speedway. Matt Kenseth was strong, and Kyle Busch lurked just a few positions back. Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing combined to dominate …

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Standalone: NASCAR’s Minor Leagues Bring Intrigue in Chase Openers

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While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened their Chase last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series made their playoff debuts this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Opinions on the post-season being implemented for each series varied, but fans and critics alike were hard-pressed to come …

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XFINITY Series Chase Sees Strong Shakeup Amid Attrition-Filled Duel

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You know that nice, new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase grid you made before Saturday’s playoff opener at Kentucky Speedway?   It’s probably already wrong, though the field has two weeks to fix it. Championship favorite Erik Jones and Richard Childress Racing teammates Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones are among the drivers that find themselves on …

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Elliott Sadler Survives for Statement Win in Chase Opener

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Teams dove low, swung high and crashed often in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase opener, and when the speedy dry finally settled at the end of a long night in Kentucky Speedway, it was Elliott Sadler that reigned supreme. Sadler kept his No. 1 Chevrolet clean during an attrition-filled 200 laps and surged ahead of …

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Erik Jones Claims Pole for Kentucky Chase Opener

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Erik Jones will begin the first round of the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase in the same position he ended the regular season: In the lead. Jones beat out teammate Daniel Suarez with a 28.845-second lap to take the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Saturday’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. The result is 11th-career pole, …

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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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