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NASCAR Mailbox: Scheduling Vegas and David Ragan?

2015 David Ragan Bank of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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Joey Logano‘s hot rod was flat out fast on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500. The No. 22 Shell/Penzoil Ford Fusion now sits atop the points standings in the Chase and is locked into the Eliminator Round. It’s only the first race of this round of the postseason, but already drivers 10 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Will Be at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016, and Franchising?

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

Just when you think Kevin Harvick can’t get it done at Dover, needing to bring home a victory in order to stay in the Contender Round of the Chase, he does it again. “The Closer” led nearly all of the 400 laps, with 355 at Dover in the AAA 400 on Sunday. His dominance wasn’t a huge …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Owners’ Meeting and the Chevy/Toyota Battle

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So maybe saying “I think we’re going to pound them into the ground” didn’t work so well after all, huh? Kevin Harvick was referring to Joe Gibbs Racing heading into week one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicago, a team whose four cars had won a majority of the last several races …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Contender Round, and Who is Jeffrey Earnhardt?

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Well, it looks like that little ACL injury for Denny Hamlin wasn’t a factor on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Despite his knee injury, Hamlin spun early, went onto win the MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, and took to the deadline room post-race where he asked the media corps, “So whose bracket did I break?” A …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Denny Hamlin and the Chase Media Tour in… Mexico?

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That collective gasp you just heard was the sigh of relief from Jeff Gordon fans. The No. 24 team will make the Chase and contend for a fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this year, for the final time in the driver’s 24-year career. We also saw drivers Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard make it …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Too Early for Silly Season?

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This off week has been fairly quiet (and quick) for the Sprint Cup Series. It provided just enough time for teams and drivers to rest up and prepare for the Chase for the Sprint Cup “Challenger” Round, which kicks off in Chicagoland in another two weeks. That is, of course, if they’re one of the lucky 11 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Restart Controversy & Busch Beer’s Return to NASCAR

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Is Joey Logano now considered a part of NASCAR’s elite? It sure is looking that way after another victory on Sunday at Bristol. Logano looked just as strong as any team in the sport. Now sitting with three victories under his belt and a third-place spot in the Chase Grid, Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Danica Patrick’s New Sponsor

2015 Michigan II CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr Danica Patrick racing CIA

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Momentum. That is the one word that really sums up what the No. 20 car led by Matt Kenseth, and really the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, has behind them right now. With wins in the last two out of three races, including last weekend at Michigan, Kenseth is firmly making his case that he …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Road Courses & Flying Hoods?

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Joey Logano earned Team Penske yet another victory this season, but also secured Penske its first Cup victory at Watkins Glen International, a tricky road course that has given the organization fits over the years. Logano, now with two wins under his belt, will coast his way into the Chase for the Cup in another four races. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Pit-Road Crashes & The Future of MWR

Kasey Kahne climbs from the No. 5 Chevy after a hard crash in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway

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Joe Gibbs Racing was in Victory Lane at Pocono on Sunday afternoon… just with the wrong car. Matt Kenseth, already a winner earlier this season at Bristol, went on to take the checkered flag in Sunday’s Windows 10 400, after JGR teammate Kyle Busch and Team Penske driver Joey Logano both ran out of fuel at the …

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