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Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Jimmis Johnson and Casey Mears race at Kentucky Speedway July 2014.

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It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting …

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Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Deja Vu for Keselowski’s #2?

2014 Michigan I CUP Kyle Busch car CIA

2014 Michigan I CUP Kyle Busch car (CIA)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the site of today’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action, round 18 to be exact. The race marks the halfway point in a season that has been filled with drama and surprises…much like last week’s cluster of a race in Daytona.  Aric Almirola found himself in a rain soaked Victory …

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IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

2014 IndyCar Pocono Montoya broken front wing

Iowa Speedway is the site of this week’s round of IndyCar action. After a curious race in Pocono last week that shook up the championship landscape, series onlookers enter this weekend knowing that this is a critical event for all of the teams involved in the championship hunt. Certain teams, like that of Juan Pablo …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500

2014 IndyCar Pocono Team Penske victory

In a Nutshell: Juan Pablo Montoya continued his stellar form as of late and delivered a convincing victory in what is arguably the second biggest race on the INDYCAR calendar. Montoya won the pole for the race and then proceeded to duel with old CART rival Tony Kanaan in a grueling battle that was only …

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Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

2014 Daytona I CUP pack racing CIA

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The Daytona Night race. It is the jewel of NASCAR’s summer stretch. The race formerly known as the Firecracker 400 has been a staple of the NASCAR schedule for over three decades, and over time this race has grown to be one of the biggest and most prestigious races on the schedule. Admittedly, the past …

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Did You Notice? Kentucky’s Woes, Surging Rookies, and a Dominant Team Penske

2014 Kentucky CUP Justin Allgaier David Sremme racing CIA

Did You Notice? … The lack of passing on Saturday night? Kentucky lived up to its reputation once again this Saturday, and that reputation is not a positive one. The track has, quite frankly, been maligned since it joined the circuit in 2011. The inaugural event was plagued by horrific traffic problems due to a lack …

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Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

2014 Dover I CUP Matt Kenseth thinking CIA

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Kentucky Speedway is the site of the seventeenth round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and with the halfway point of the season only one week away, we have a rather clear picture of who the contenders will be going forward as well as how the Chase may unfold. Kentucky is now entering it’s …

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INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

2014 IndyCar Belle Isle Racing

After a rather lackluster race at Texas Motor Speedway three weeks ago, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend a little bit further downstate in the streets of Houston. This weekend, which IndyCar has dubbed the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, will be another doubleheader race offering much like …

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Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

2014 Michigan I CUP Marcos Ambrose CIA

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is doing something rare today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they will be turning right! 15 years ago, that would have drawn groans of disgust from stock car racing fans, used to the frenetic competition on ovals. Oh, how things have changed. Due to an increased focus on Sonoma and Watkins …

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