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Temper, Temper

2014 Charlotte II Kurt Busch Brad Keselowski racing credit Yvonne Leonard

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Talladega, five days from now was supposed to be the Chase’s wildest race, where panic over advancing in the playoffs combined with the chaos of plate racing produced either a 43-driver Demolition Derby or an eight-wide finish at the line. But as the week in NASCAR continues, it’s clear the panic that happened at Charlotte, …

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Will Youth Be Served… Now?

2014 Kansas II CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr Kyle Larson racing CIA

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Two NASCAR drivers, and only two have made it through the first four Chase races unscathed. One of them has already won twice, boasts an average finish of 2.5 and has won nearly twice as many races, this season as the rest of his Cup career combined. The other, while not having won yet boasts …

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NASCAR’s Biggest Nightmare: Predictable

2014 Dover II CUP pack racing CIA

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It was supposed to be a history-making moment. NASCAR’s first ever “Chase elimination” race, the lynchpin of its new format was supposed to make Dover a “Game 7” atmosphere, knocking potential title contenders out of the prizefight early. After Loudon, where top drivers got knocked around like pinballs, the bar was set for aggression, strategy, …

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Throwing A One-Two Punch

2014 Loudon II CUP Joey Logano racing CIA

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In a season marked by changes – new Chase format, new rules, and over a half-dozen rookies – NASCAR’s Sprint Cup title contenders have remained crystal clear. From Memorial Day Weekend on, Penske Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have remained a step ahead of the pack, inching by a faster-but-flawed Kevin Harvick and a lack of …

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No Contact Zone

2014 Richmond II CUP Brad Keselowski Casey Mears racing CIA

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Let me set the stage for you. It’s NASCAR’s final regular season race, the eve of its much-hyped Chase format and for several drivers, the mission is simple: “Win or you miss the playoffs, along with the millions in endorsements and exposure that comes with it.” The pressure to perform, in theory should be immense, …

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Kasey At The Bat

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Kasey Kahne has built his Sprint Cup career on intermediates. While Richmond sits just a week away, the site of his first career win, it’s also the only track where he has won less than a mile in length. That made Sunday night’s mission clear, the second Kahne worked his way into contention in Atlanta: win or …

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NASCAR’s Cream “Thunders” to the Top

2014 Loudon I CUP Brad Keselowski Roger Penske CIA

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Sweat pouring down his brow, fresh off of 500 laps at Bristol runner-up finisher Brad Keselowski was careful with his words. After all, just two years ago Penske’s now-championship driver came out of nowhere to snag a title right from under Jimmie Johnson’s nose. “I wouldn’t say it’s Hendrick and Penske yet,” he said, being …

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Tony Stewart: Waiting Is The Hardest Part

2014 Michigan II CUP Jeff Burton CIA

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It’s unfortunate that as NASCAR heads to Thunder Valley this weekend, site of races marked by Demolition Derby-type fireworks, tempers, and verbal jabs the one sound haunting the sport these days is marked by exactly the opposite. That’s the modus operandi for Tony Stewart, missing in action since a brief official statement Sunday, August 9th …

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The Hendrick Hierarchy Reestablished

2014 Michigan II CUP Jeff Gordon II CIA

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Time flies, doesn’t it? Seems like just yesterday, Jeff Gordon was the upstart 24-year-old, turning heads while holding the torch for NASCAR’s next generation. Longtime fans remember that battle, a changing of the guard where Dale Earnhardt, Sr. fought hard but ultimately lost a War with Father Time, inevitably handing the mantle of multiple championships …

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