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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Revenge a Thing of the Past?

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With Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on wins and Martin Truex Jr. on points, just one spot is up for grabs at Phoenix International Raceway.  Brad Keselowski has a substantial 19-point cushion, but will he make the cut, or will Denny …

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Up to Speed: This Time, It Really is About Winning

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In the fourth season of the elimination-style playoffs, NASCAR may have finally gotten its wish. Heading to the final race in the Round of 8, three spots in the championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway have already been filled.  With just one more spot open, advancing might depend on a championship hopeful winning next week at …

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Up to Speed: No Teammates at the Finish

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Recall the fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway one year ago.  Most fans probably remember Jimmie Johnson winning and punching his ticket to the final round of the postseason.  Finishing third, fourth and fifth were title contenders Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. Despite the top five, Busch was not happy …

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Up to Speed: Are Playoff Points Making a Difference?

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Championship hopefuls in the Monster Energy Series got a wild race at Kansas Speedway to close out the Round of 12. Martin Truex Jr. won his seventh race on the year.  Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch found a way to advance to the Round of 8.  A crash and mistake on pit road took Matt …

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Friday Faceoff: Does Talladega Belong in the Playoffs?

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Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, just two of the remaining 12 playoff drivers — winner Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin — and 14 of the 40-car field finished the race, with just four cars not listed as involved in an on-track incident.  Does this race belong in the playoffs? Amy Henderson: It doesn’t belong on the …

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Up to Speed: A Lucky Final Season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. put on a show this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.  He won the pole, dodged a few nasty accidents, and ran near the front for most of the day. Alas, Junior’s final run at Talladega did not result in a victory. Talladega had to be a welcome break for Junior Nation.  Up to …

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Friday Faceoff: Is a NASCAR Upset Brewing at Talladega?

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NASCAR made a controversial call Sunday by not penalizing Jimmie Johnson when his team secured a loose lugnut outside of Johnson’s pit box, citing previous incidents where they have allowed the same procedure.  Was it the right call, or did NASCAR blow it? Christian Koelle: NASCAR made the right call on their end. When it …

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Up to Speed: Doing Something Different in Charlotte

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Heading into the Round of 12 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, most of NASCAR’s storylines have been about everything but the on-track racing.  The sport got dragged into the national anthem protest controversy that has rocked the NFL in recent weeks. An engaging silly season has revealed the unsettling amount of influence …

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Up to Speed: The Challenge of the Triumvirate

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Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway trimmed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field down to 12 drivers.  However, three racers have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson have established themselves as the drivers to beat in 2017.  The road to the championship goes …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Joey Logano’s Practice Penalty Cruel & Unusual?

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This week’s race at Dover International Speedway is the first elimination day of the playoffs this year.  Heading in, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne are sitting below the cut line.  Do they stay or do they go, and if they do stay, who else goes? Amy Henderson: Dover doesn’t produce the …

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