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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Tony Stewart

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Ride: No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Crew chief: Chad Johnston Points finish: 25th Stats: 33 starts, zero wins, three top 5s, seven top 10s, one pole, 125 laps led, four DNFs, 16.5 average start, 20.0 average finish Best finish: fourth, twice (Bristol, March; Martinsville, October) High Point: After the accident at Canandaigua Speedway that claimed …

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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Ben Kennedy

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Ride: No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Crew chief: Michael Shelton (14 races), Doug George (eight races) Points finish: Ninth Season stats: 22 starts, zero wins, one top 5, 7 top 10s, one pole, 58 laps led, one DNF, 11.8 average start, 13.3 average finish Best finish: Third (Martinsville – March) High Point: Kennedy led …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Bidding 2014 A Fond Farewell

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Author’s Note: A huge thank you goes out to all of my readers throughout the 2014 season! I know it was a tough one with short fields and an insanely sporadic schedule, but each and every one of you stuck by me while I continued to do what I love in writing. Thank you from …

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Hendrick Motorsports Shakes Up No. 5 Team Personnel

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The NASCAR season may be over, but Wednesday morning proved that the work continues. Hendrick Motorsports announced a couple of personnel changes for Kasey Kahne’s contract year in 2015. Effective immediately, Kenny Francis, who served as crew chief for Kahne since the final race of the 2005 season, moves to the vehicle technical director position …

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The Forgotten Stories From Championship Weekend at Homestead

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As NASCAR descended on Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, much of the focus was on the final four drivers heading into the race that would decide who went home as the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion, and rightfully so. But what the two hours of pre-race coverage on ESPN, along with much of the race broadcast …

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Tracking the Trucks: Ford EcoBoost 200

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Author’s Note: To all of my readers that have stuck by throughout this season that the Truck Series has struggled through: thank you! Your criticisms and praise have challenged me to think outside the box in a year that can only be considered a tough one for the series that featured several short fields, and …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Three Champions to Be Crowned at Homestead

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When the Camping World Truck Series rolls into Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, most of the focus will likely be on the championship battle between Matt Crafton and Ryan Blaney. A couple weeks ago, I detailed the championship contenders and their best chances to take home the big trophy, but now we’re down to a …

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Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

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In a Nutshell: In what can only be called a bizarre race, Erik Jones beat out Matt Crafton when Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 was called 24 laps short due to power issues at Phoenix International Raceway. Jones dominated much of the night, leading all but 12 laps en route to his second consecutive victory …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Phoenix Storylines to Watch

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While much of the NASCAR community has focused on the post-race fracas after Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series teams have quietly packed up and headed off to Phoenix International Raceway for its second to last race of the season. As the green flag flies over the …

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Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350

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 In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch beat out a hard charge from winless German Quiroga to win Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch dominated, leading five times for a race-high 80 laps en route to Kyle Busch Motorsports’ 12th win in 20 races this season. Jeb Burton finished second as the …

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