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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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Tech Talk: Talking Phoenix Sun, Sand and More with Matt Puccia

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The season is winding down, and teams who aren’t in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway are already starting to get ready for 2016. That is especially true for Matt Puccia, who switches to a different role next season within the Roush Fenway Racing organization after serving as the crew chief for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA Texas 500

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Who’s in the headline? – Jimmie Johnson saved his best for last Sunday and spoiled Brad Keselowski‘s party as the laps wound down. Johnson led six laps during the event, including the final four to steal the win from Keselowski, who led 312 of the posted 334 laps of the event. Johnson proved, once again, …

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Off the Wall With… Ben Kennedy

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In the hot seat this week: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy What’s fun besides racing? Ben Kennedy: Wake board and triathlons. What’s the top item on your bucket list? Kennedy: Travel somewhere. I’d like to spend more time in Australia. I think that would be cool. Your go-to on movie night is: …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Grooves, Pit Stops and Restart Ratios

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The No. 41 team of Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing was poised to lay a solid foundation for getting out of the penultimate round of the Chase at Martinsville last weekend before Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth got together on a late-race restart. The resulting contact heavily damaged the car and has them behind the eight …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – Martinsville resurrected the emotions of both fans and competitors that it has not incited in a decade. In the end, while there is much buzz about retribution and championship ramifications, the most important story of the weekend is that Jeff Gordon will be one of the four competitors vying for the …

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Matt Crafton Holds Off Tailgate Mob for 2015 Kroger 200 Victory

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Matt Crafton spent much of his career running strong and finishing well but remaining unable to capture wins in the Camping World Truck Series. Over the last couple of years, that has all changed. On Saturday afternoon, Crafton set a personal best with his fifth victory of the season in the Truck Series. He led the …

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Timothy Peters Leads Final 2015 Kroger 200 Practice at Martinsville

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Timothy Peters backed up his quick time from the first practice with a late session run of a lap at 96.083 mph in 19.708 seconds. Cameron Hayley, who was third quick in the first practice was the second fastest in the final session. Hayley’s lap took 19.712 seconds that translated to a speed of 96.063 …

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Timothy Peters Holds Top Spot in 1st 2015 Kroger 200 Practice at Martinsville

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Timothy Peters picked up where he left off at Martinsville Speedway on Friday. Peters, fresh off of his victory at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, led the Camping World Truck Series’ first practice at Martinsville with a 96.020-mph lap in 19.721 seconds, besting Matt Crafton by half a tenth of a second. Crafton’s lap took 19.776 seconds and …

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