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Joey Logano Still on Top, Wins 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Pole at Martinsville

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What can you say, Joey Logano is fast and proud of it. By just 0.012 seconds over rival Chaser Martin Truex Jr., Logano wins the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the opening race of the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. “I thought today in race …

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4 Burning Questions in Martinsville: Do You Want to Lead with 30 Laps to Go?

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1. Will Talladega drama carry into Martinsville? It’s a safe bet, right? Since the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, we have witnessed an uptick in thrill, rage and turmoil while bringing along a frenzy of buzz through the veins of NASCAR nation. From driver-to-driver beefs to a mass of controversy following the closing laps at Talladega Superspeedway …

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Joey Logano Sweeps Contender Round with Bizarre 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Win at Talladega

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Head scratching, bent fenders and eliminations. None of which involved Joey Logano at Talladega Superspeedway, who grabbed a controversial victory in the CampingWorld.com 500 following two multi-car crashes on green-white-checkered restarts. The win is the third in a row for the Team Penske driver and career-high sixth of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season. “This …

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4 Burning Questions in Talladega: What Should We Expect from Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

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1. Is the Current Rules Package for Plate Races the Best It’s Been? Plate racing is a tough business for NASCAR. It may be exclusive to the sport, but we don’t seem to have a strong handle of what makes “good” plate racing. From the introduction to the restrictor plate in 1988, to tandem-style racing, …

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4 Burning Questions in Kansas: Can Busch Brothers Bring It Home In Kansas?

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1. Should Kansas be overlooked heading to Talladega? Heck. No. In fact, if you have forgotten about this weekend’s race at Kansas shame, shame, shame on you. Still hot off a repave in 2012, this intermediate has come into its own as one of the series’ best. The 1.5-mile oval has become a center of misfortune, producing …

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Joey Logano Cashes In with Dominant 2015 Bank of America 500 Victory at Charlotte

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Joey Logano cashed in more than just a paycheck in Sunday’s Bank of America 500. The 24-year-old sealed his spot into Round 3 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship after dominating Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading 227 laps to earn his fourth win of 2015. ”Our team kept their heads up, …

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4 Burning Questions: Will There Be Sparks Under the Lights?

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1. CAN WE HAVE A NON-CHASER STEAL THE SHOW? If you watched the previous opening race of a Chase round this year, you should have a healthy grip on just how important the result can be. With Talladega in the distance – standing as the round’s elimination race in two weeks – do not judge …

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Top-10 Effort for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Though the Chase drivers took the spotlight at Dover International Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. showcased his familiar concrete pace in the AAA 400 on Sunday with a solid eighth-place effort. Last hitting the top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in April – a track with a similar concrete surface – Stenhouse ran consistently in the …

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Kevin Harvick Does It, Advances to Round 2 with 2015 AAA 400 Victory at Dover

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The driver they call “The Closer” simply did it at Dover International Speedway. Needing a win to advance to the Contender Round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase, Kevin Harvick grabbed the top spot on lap 24 and led an outstanding 355 laps – a career high for Harvick in a single race – …

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Jimmie Johnson’s Chase Hopes Decrease Early in 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Even a 10-time winner can’t survive the Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway. On lap 105 of Sunday’s AAA 400, the last race of the Challenger Round, Jimmie Johnson suffered a broken rear axle seal, sending the No. 48 car to the garage. The team worked diligently to put a new rear-end assembly in the Hendrick …

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