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Playoff Problems: McMurray, Winless Drivers Stumble At Bristol Opportunity

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Several drivers that have already won this year saw their race go sour fairly early on during the running of Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  That left the window open for many, who have not been as fortunate to win a race this season, to capitalize on the opportunity to punch …

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The Curious Case of Kyle Busch

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While household names such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Brad Keselowski continue on a road to success even with a few speed bumps along the way, Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 saw Kyle Busch put out of contention early for the third race in a row.  His talent has never been questioned and he …

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Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

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On a Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., a packed house of fans watched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch race twice in one night. David Ragan was also in the field for the CRA Super Series race and has been known to dabble quite a bit with his Super Late Model. This trend is …

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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?

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?

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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Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

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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Road Racing Winners Club: Not for a Select Few Anymore

It wasn’t many years ago that when heading into either one of the two road races during the Cup season only a handful of drivers would be mentioned about having a realistic shot for the victory.  Even going into this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, many had their “favorites” to win and perhaps steal a Chase spot …

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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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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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