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Erik Jones Claims Pole for Kentucky Chase Opener

Erik Jones will begin the first round of the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase in the same position he ended the regular season: In the lead. Jones beat out teammate Daniel Suarez with a 28.845-second lap to take the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Saturday’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. …

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Friday Faceoff: Will We See Any Chase Surprises?

Despite a difficult ending for some Chasers, Chicagoland Speedway still saw no playoff contender finish lower than 28th. Did take anything from that race which makes you concerned about any of the main title contenders? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: No.  The only thing I saw that was a bit unexpected …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson Fail LIS After Chicagoland

While Sunday’s finish wasn’t ruled encumbered, a cumbersome list of infractions to both Chase contenders and regular competitors arose following the Chase-opening race at Chicagoland Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr.’s race-winning No. 78 Toyota and 12th-place finisher Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet each failed post-race LIS inspection after Sunday’s Teenage Mutant …

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Chase Elliott Unsurprised After Losing Race to Late Caution

Chase Elliott wasn’t caught unaware by the late-race caution that costed him a victory in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. In fact, he expected it. “Nothing is yours until it’s over,” Elliott said. ” I mean, that is part of life, man.  You are not dumb, we have all …

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Tire Woes, Cautions Make All the Difference in Chase Opener

For much of the final 100 laps, it appeared that the story leaving Chicagoland Speedway would be Chase Elliott’s first win. However, after a late-race caution and Martin Truex, Jr.’s victory, the two topics that comes to mind are tires and cautions. Tire woes proved to be the difference in Sunday’s …

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Chevrolet Primed to Take the Fight to Toyota in Chicago

With 13 wins in the opening 26 races of the season, Toyota’s Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing enter the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup as presumptive favorites to earn a second straight title. Those victories, spread among five drivers and peaking with Denny Hamlin‘s romp at Richmond International …

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