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Phoenix Native Cassie Gannis Tries NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Cassie Gannis, a 24-year-old Phoenix racer, was a friendly face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage at Phoenix International Raceway, attempting to make the field for the first time in front of her hometown fans. Gannis and a determined team of local crew members and sponsors gave it all they …

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Kurt Busch Tackles His Chase Chances

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, pilot of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, made a pit stop in Phoenix Wednesday to help kick off the Chase for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup.  The 2004 Cup titlist held a Q&A session with fans at the second annual “Breakfast With Champions,” part …

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Martin Truex, Jr. On Top Of NASCAR Stats – Except the One that Counts

Last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was the 13th of the 2015 season, marking the official halfway point to the start of Chase for the Championship. There have been nine different winners so far in the first 13 races, including now four-time victor Jimmie Johnson, …

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NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up – November 15, 2007

- Before last week's race in Phoenix, I got an email from NASCAR.com entitled, "The Chase continues at Phoenix International Speedway." It was an opt-in email that included information about the schedule for TrackPass, items for sale in the NASCAR.com Superstore, and so forth. But I think there's a reason that the folks who built the Phoenix track named it "Phoenix International Raceway" and not "Phoenix International Speedway" - as it's called in this email. PIR is an acceptable acronym; the alternative, uh, not so much...

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One Point To Ponder…Jimmie Johnson’s Dominance

Sunday's sold-out Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix had all the makings of high drama. Instead, it became a NASCAR rerun. For the fourth straight week, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's team crushed the competition, turning whatever problems came their way into opportunities to win another race and, it now appears, another championship. Ironically, Johnson is the first driver to put together a four-race win streak since Jeff Gordon - the teammate he's currently beating out for the title - back in 1998. That year, Gordon earned his second consecutive championship (his third overall), claiming the Cup in 1997 and again in '98. Now, almost 10 years later, Gordon's apprentice-turned-adversary is poised to do the same.

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