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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Austin Dillon

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The second season in Sprint Cup for a driver is often a crossroads season. Many drivers find another gear and get going. For example, Jeff Gordon won his first two races in his second year and claimed his first top-10 finish in points (to be fair, had he not wrecked in three of the last …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Carl Edwards

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Adversity struck Carl Edwards during the latter stages of his time with Roush Fenway Racing, the team that gave him his big break. However, in the NASCAR realm, tough decisions need to be made, especially when an organization is struggling. Joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, expectations were high as Edwards joined former teammate Matt Kenseth into …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the 2015 season with a third-place finish in the Daytona 500. It was hardly surprising since the speedway is his second best track, historically, based on average finish. Interestingly that run would be the worst of Earnhardt’s four restrictor-plate races for the season. Earnhardt started the year with two third-place finishes …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Kurt Busch

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For a brief moment at the beginning of 2015, it appeared that the Chase for the Sprint Cup would not include the Busch family name among its ranks. Leading up to the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch, embroiled in controversy and legal woes over allegations of domestic violence by ex-wife Patricia Driscoll, was suspended by NASCAR …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Greg Biffle

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10 years ago, Greg Biffle was on top of the NASCAR world. He closed out the year with a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his sixth of the season, and he finished runner-up to Tony Stewart in the championship battle. Fast forward to 2015 and Biffle is an afterthought at best. During 2014, Biffle made the …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Kyle Busch

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Racing can test the mettle of the strongest of characters, and before 2015 many people would say that was not a strong suit for Kyle Busch. This season ran the emotional gamut from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in nine months. Busch’s determination and mental fortitude were taken to the limits …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Clint Bowyer

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If any driver’s 2015 season could be described as a rollercoaster, it would be Clint Bowyer’s. The Emporia, Kan., native entered Speedweeks with a new contract with Michael Waltrip Racing and a feeling that he would be able to overcome the struggles plaguing his team and make the Chase for the third time in four …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: AJ Allmendinger

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2014 was a magical year for AJ Allmendinger and JTG Daugherty Racing. The pair scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen, and, by virtue of the remodeled Chase for the Sprint Cup format, made their first appearance in NASCAR’s postseason as a result. Unfortunately for the single-car team, lightning didn’t strike …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Justin Allgaier

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The 2015 season saw Justin Allgaier return to the HScott Motorsports team for a second season, this time with a teammate in tow. The growing organization, led by owner Harry Scott Jr., had a full year under its belt and came in with high hopes. But the year didn’t end up quite the way anyone …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Trevor Bayne

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2011 never seemed so long ago. Back then, Tony Stewart was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Jeff Burton and Mark Martin were still active drivers. Trevor Bayne – a rookie! – was the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, bringing the Wood Brothers’ famed No. 21 back to Victory Lane for the first time in a …

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