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Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones on Success with KBM, Where It All Started, and Super Late Model Racing

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Erik Jones shocked the short track racing world in 2012 at the age of 16 when he outdueled Kyle Busch at his own game in a thrilling finish to the annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Months later he was hired to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports and continued to turn …

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Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

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Sunday afternoon (Aug. 3), Pocono Raceway saw one of its most engaging races. From the get-go, the GoBowling.com 400’s start time was moved up due to the uncertainty of weather, causing teams to think twice about whether they were racing to a conclusion on lap 160. In fact, it was the story the entire weekend, …

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Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

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Those that have followed NASCAR for decades remember names like Jimmy Means, H.B. Bailey, and J.D. McDuffie; all were owner/drivers in which at least one of them was seen at a speedway each race weekend.  There have been several others, some of which acquired full time national sponsors and had success and even rose to fame.  …

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Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

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Joey Logano visits teammate Brad Keselowski at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

For the second time in the last three races, Team Penske was on top of their game.  Brad Keselowski turned in a dominating performance, seeming to easily weave his way to the front no matter what  others strategies were thrown at him.  Joey Logano was making a valiant attempt at keeping up with his teammate …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

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Last September when Juan Pablo Montoya made the official announcement regarding his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, many questioned whether he could return to prominence.  A driver who has shown a great deal of versatility in his racing career turns 39 this September, an age that is often over the hill in the open …

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Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

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Hendrick Motorsports went on a tear at the intermediate tracks recently, leaving us, at times, to  question if anyone else had anything for the team that seemed to be hitting on everything with the new rules package. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway proved that conclusions shouldn’t be drawn for year’s end just yet. Sure, …

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Mirror Driving: Momentum, Right-Hand Turns, and a Sponsor Exodus?

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Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Only ten laps into the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, it looked like the race would be filled with an above average amount of attrition and survival.  Contenders Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson were among those suffering early damage to their cars.  In the end however, it was a typical event at …

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Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

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Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Time for Roush Fenway Racing to Step Up Its Game — And Fast

After several weeks of continuous questions about the importance of winning, Hendrick Motorsports backed up its consistent efforts with Jeff Gordon taking his 89th career victory — and first of the 2014 season — at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. This makes Hendrick the fourth organization that has joined the two-drivers-with-at-least-one-win club, which leaves one …

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Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Who needs a green-white-checkered for some close racing at the finish? The Sprint Cup drivers proved they could keep their cars pointed in the right direction during a breath-taking nine laps of green-flag competition that concluded Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond. No one could have been thinking about a manipulated outcome, as the …

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