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NASCAR’s Youth Finally Break Through in the Irish Hills

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For much of 2016 — and 2015, 2014 and 2013 for some drivers — fans, teams and critics alike have waited for one of NASCAR’s upcoming stars to soar above the field for a breakthrough win. While we were all treated to one with Chris Buescher’s weather-shortened win at Pocono Raceway, the wait continued for one …

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It’s Time to Admit It: The Chase Deserves a Road Course


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After another set of thrilling road course races at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, it’s time to admit it. The Chase for the Sprint Cup needs a road course. Once surrounded by a general feeling of awkwardness as the majority of the field attempted merely to survive and advance, the two road courses have …

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Team Penske Takes Right Turn Amid Woeful 2016 XFINITY Campaign

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Amid one of the worst NASCAR XFINITY Series seasons in Team Penske‘s history, the organization needed some right turns -both figuratively and literally- to get the ship sailing in the right direction. Typically one of the dominant forces in NASCAR’s second series along with Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske witnessed the lion’s share of struggles to start …

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IndyCar Championship Turns Into Team Penske Prizefight as 2016 Winds Down


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Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have spent the better part of the last month fighting among themselves for position on the track and in the points standings. The battle continued to rage on at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with the Team Penske teammates bouncing off of each other twice before Pagenaud prevailed for the position …

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Uncertainty Ahead as Indianapolis Motor Speedway Enters a New Era

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For the legendary oval in Speedway, Indiana, 2016 has felt somewhat like the final chapter of a lengthy novel. The chapter began in May, when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the much-anticipated 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, a milestone that brought out upwards of 350,000 fans to the famed Brickyard and harkened to the …

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Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon Rally & Give Fans Sentimental Moment in Final Indy Starts

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Kyle Busch brought his No. 18 Skittles Toyota Camry down Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s lengthy front straightaway, a victor in the most dominant performance in NASCAR’s 23-year history at the track. Busch pulled his machine down to the pit wall to high five his pit crew as cheers erupted from the grandstands. However, they weren’t for Busch. Despite his …

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Smoke Rises Into Championship Contender

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After his runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s time to admit it. Tony Stewart is turning into a legitimate championship contender. After completing the last three seasons with equal parts mediocre runs and missed races for a litany of circumstances – all sad or tragic – the 45-year-old appears to have regained his confidence …

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Too Many Pieces in the Puzzle Make Kentucky Difficult to Learn From

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A few years ago, I received a special puzzle that when put together formed a picture from my favorite Christmas movie – A Christmas Story – as part of a family holiday party. Excited and looking for a way to relax, I started putting the puzzle together on Christmas day only to discover that, much to my chagrin, there …

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Roush Fenway Finds Marquee Moment Amidst Resurgent 2016 Campaign

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Brad Keselowski finally earning a coveted victory at Daytona International Speedway may be the lasting story to come out of the Ford camp this week. However, the manufacturer also added a bit of icing to their cake for the night thanks to a vintage performance from Roush Fenway Racing. Coming in the midst of a resurgent …

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The Chase to the Chase: Smoke’s In. Who’s Out?

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Smoke has risen, this much we all know. Tony Stewart‘s electrifying drive to Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway will likely clinch the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion into this year’s Chase. No, it isn’t certain – Stewart still sits 31st in points, nine points out of the top 30 – but assuming the 49-time …

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