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2014 Driver Review: Ryan Newman

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Ride: No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Crew Chief: Lucas Lambert Points Finish: second Statistics: 36 starts, zero wins, five top 5s, 16 top 10s, zero poles, 41 laps led, one DNF, 13.3 average start, 12.7 average finish Best Finish: second, once (Homestead) High Point: Newman used his version of the old adage “to win some, …

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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Austin Dillon

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Ride: No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Crew chief: Gil Martin Points finish: 20th Stats: 36 starts, zero wins, one top 5, four top 10s, one pole, 10 laps led, zero DNFs, 19.9 average start, 17.5 average finish Best finish: fifth, once (Daytona) High point: Austin Dillon put the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet on the pole …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead – Offseason Edition

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The Sprint Cup season is over, and it’s hard to let it go. The new Chase format gave new reason to religiously follow each of the final 10 races, while Homestead-Miami Speedway provided the perfect setting to finish off the year. After all, it’s tough to beat 80-degree weather in mid-November. This edition of Who’s …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Phoenix – Homestead Edition

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The Championship Round is set. A Sunday date at Phoenix International Raceway separated the final four drivers from the rest of the field. The teams left in the mix weren’t necessarily the ones on top for the majority of 2014, just the ones who got it done best in the Eliminator Round. Who’s hot enough …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas – Phoenix Edition

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It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of Brad Keselowski after the AAA Texas 500, but he isn’t the driver atop Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. The actions of Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are being studied under a microscope after a multifaceted brawl in the Lone Star State left three Chasers bruised and bloody. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Martinsville – Texas Edition

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The Eliminator Round is underway and already multiple drivers are in trouble. The tight confines of Martinsville Speedway proved challenging for some as new rivalries were ignited and older ones brought back to life. Yet, some championship hopefuls escaped with little more than a scratch and one driver – unfulfilled by last week’s restrictor plate …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Talladega – Martinsville Edition

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Some of NASCAR’s best drivers from the regular season were left out of the Eliminator Round after falling flat at Talladega Superspeedway. Three former champions entered Talladega weekend on the outside of the bubble looking in, and one of them didn’t advance. Only three remain along with five drivers who have never lifted the Sprint …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

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With one race remaining in the Contender Round, some of 2014’s biggest names still aren’t contending. Two former champions left Charlotte Motor Speedway unfulfilled and another rides the wrong side of the bubble. Next, a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway does nothing to clear up a complicated Chase picture. The six drivers inside the cutoff …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Kansas – Charlotte Edition

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The Hollywood Casino 400 had all the twists and turns of a great Hollywood script and left many of the Sprint Cup Series’ best with unfavorable odds of advancement moving forward. A Contender Round opener at Kansas Speedway did a number on the Who’s Hot and Who’s Not landscape and things are just getting started. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

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Dover International Speedway did its job: separate the contenders from the pretenders. After 400 circuits at the Monster Mile, only 12 drivers remain in contention for the ultimate prize, the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy. Which drivers have what it takes to survive the Contender Round and which are lucky to have made it this far? …

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