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Pit Road Mistakes Cost Busch the Lead in Xfinity Race, Bid for 200 Wins Moves to Sunday

2019 NXS Auto Club Speedway Kyle Busch photo credit NASCAR via getty images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

They say that records are meant to be broken but some records seem insurmountable: the Boston Celtics’ eight straight championships; Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game; Wayne Gretzky’s 2,857 career points. Up until recently, NASCAR’s unattainable record was 200 wins, set by seven-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty between 1960 and 1984. However, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Joey Logano

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

There is an old adage in racing (and elsewhere), that in order to win a championship, you must first lose a championship. If that’s the case, Joey Logano should be nearly unstoppable next year. Since the inception of NASCAR’s elimination-style Chase format in 2014, Logano has made appearances in the Championship 4 in two of those seasons …

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Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson Humbled By History, Reaction of Peers after Winning 7th Title

2016 Homestead Miami Speedway NSCS Jimmie Johnson celebrating photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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We all knew it was a possibility, but we didn’t know if it would ever happen. Seven championships. Done only twice in the history of the sport and not in over two decades. Even a driver like Jimmie Johnson, who won five championships in a row, couldn’t pull it off, right? Oh, but he did. …

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Up to Speed: Winning at Phoenix Gives Logano an Opportunity for Redemption

2016 Phoenix International Raceway NSCS Joey Logano checkered flag photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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After a hard-fought victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Joey Logano now has one last race standing between him and his first Sprint Cup Series championship. Oh, and three other drivers who want it just as badly. For Logano, however, this will not be his first time in this situation. NASCAR announced an elimination-style …

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Up to Speed: Carl Edwards Is Living the Dream, & He’ll Wake Up in Homestead

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Carl Edwards will officially be racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a couple of weeks, thanks to a rain shower at the end of a very long day at Texas Motor Speedway. That’s not necessarily fair. Edwards led a total of 36 laps. Though he was definitely not the strongest car, he certainly …

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Up to Speed: With Homestead on the Horizon, Johnson Knows Title Far From a Sure Thing

Jimmie Johnson Sunlight Burnout Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Jimmie Johnson winning at Martinsville Speedway is hardly a surprise. Nine victories at the track known as the paper clip, including Sunday’s triumph, means the No. 48 team has to be a favorite anytime the series makes its way back to Martinsville. However, since the introduction of the new elimination-style Chase format in 2014, the fall …

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Up to Speed: Can Logano Go All the Way?

2016 Talladega Superspeedway NSCS Joey Logano checkered flag photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, all four Joe Gibbs Racing cars have advanced to the Round of 8 in the Chase. In the last couple of weeks, however, Chevrolets have shut out the Toyotas and come on strong as a force to be reckoned with. Now, Ford has shown their hand as well. After winning six times last year, …

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Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Proves to be Toyota’s Most Worthy Foe

2016 Kansas II CUP Kevin Harvick celebrates John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Listen to, read or watch any television show, race broadcast, article, podcast, etc. that focuses on NASCAR and you’ll hear one word to summarize the season so far: Toyota. Kevin Harvick? He’s tuning it all out. Granted, Toyota has won an astounding 15 of 31 races in 2016 and certainly is the most dominant manufacturer this …

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Kyle Busch Wins Kansas NXS Race, Several Chase Drivers Involved in Accidents

2016 Kansas Speedway NXS Daniel Suarez photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Kyle Busch may have won and dominated the XFINITY Series race at Kansas Speedway – leading 150 of the 200 laps en route to the victory – but it was a wild day in the Midwest. Big championship implications, several cautions, and wild restarts all led to some hurt feelings and damaged racecars throughout the …

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Up to Speed: Even After Charlotte Victory, Jimmie Johnson Still Thinks He Can Do Better

2016 Charlotte Motor Speedway NSCS Jimmie Johnson checkered flag photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

If there is one thing we have learned over the past decade of Sprint Cup Series racing, it’s this: never count out Jimmie Johnson. Granted, Johnson didn’t make it past the Round of 12 during the first two years of NASCAR’s elimination-style Chase format. At the same time, though he had been eliminated, he won …

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