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Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

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When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

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You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last …

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Going By the Numbers: Jeff Gordon’s 2014 Emulating His Most Prosperous

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Two wins in the last four races should more than do the talking for him. But here’s why you should be scared of Jeff Gordon if you’re not, well, Jeff Gordon. He hasn’t been this good in years. Not, in fact, since his runner-up points finish in 2007 and, before that, his absolute dominance in …

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Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

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So, here’s something I can’t quite figure out exiting Watkins Glen. Why does Marcos Ambrose suddenly have zero chance to make the Chase? Look, I get it. Ambrose is a road course specialist, one who’ll be making the rounds at NASCAR’s road courses even after he leaves the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. …

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Going By the Numbers: Five Prospects Who Should Get Major NASCAR Looks

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Though it’s been by no means a full news week, one bit that may have fallen between the cracks for many NASCAR viewers pertained to a lesser-known driver making his NASCAR debut later this month. Justin Boston, a full-time competitor in ARCA over the last two years for Venturini Motorsports, will make the leap to …

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Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions

By now you’ve heard the story, even if you don’t follow the series on a scrutinizing level: Toyota’s Tundras are unbeatable in the Camping World Truck Series. The manufacturer has been on point in 2014 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, setting a blazing pace in the season’s first 10 races. So far, Toyota …

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Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

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Say what you will about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule — no, really; there’s a lot to say — but one thing it’s been as of late is consistent. As the series comes off its final off-weekend of the 2014 season, there are but 17 races left in the season. A quick glance at …

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Going By the Numbers: Ryan Newman Peaking at the Right Time

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Who’s the hottest driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series right now? Well, it’s Brad Keselowski, who’s won two of the last three races, of course. He’s followed by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, who have been equally impressive as of late. But ever so quietly, another is rattling off solid results, to the point …

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Going By the Numbers: The Sprint Cup Series at Halfway

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It’s been what seems like a quick, whirlwind journey for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series so far, and now the season’s hump has been traversed — the halfway point of 2014 has been reached. With 18 races completed in the Sprint Cup season, the same amount remains before a champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway …

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Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

With winners vaulting themselves into the Chase and the points system conducive to drivers falling into and out of favor within a handful of races, a few good — or bad — races can make all the difference in the Sprint Cup Series. Just tell that to Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Each are on …

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