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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

Kyle Bsuch celebrates his win in the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

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Who’s in the headline – The new aerodynamic package that debuted at Kentucky will receive much of the press this week. The driver that looked best at adapting to that package this weekend was Kyle Busch. Busch dominated at Kentucky Speedway, leading more than half of the laps and capitalizing on the lesser aero dependence of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline – You’d think a Dale Earnhardt Jr. victory at Daytona International Speedway would immediately steal all the headlines. Instead? He’ll have to split them with Austin Dillon this week. Dillon’s flight into the catchfence – seriously, his entire car cleared the wall – will be seen around the world for weeks, months and years …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

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Who’s in the headline – Racing can involve a myriad of strategies on a normal weekend. On a road course, the options become even more diverse. After three different fuel strategies had all played out, a late-race caution resulted in a majority of the field coming onto pit road with 10 laps to go. Kyle …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Trio of Dominant Drivers, Rules Tampering & Chevrolet’s Success

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Who’s in the headline – Many drivers have garnered front page news since the green flag dropped on Daytona in February. Among those, three stand out above the rest in 2015. Kevin Harvick has been the class of the field in almost every race this season. He finished inside the top two in the first five …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – While Kurt Busch took home the trophy and is now certainly locked into the Chase, the real headliner from Michigan was Mother Nature. Four red flags for rain and a total delay of 128:51 before the event was called, gave most attention of the weekend to the weather. Once the …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pocono Spring Race Recap

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Editor’s Note: Mike Neff, who usually writes these things these days, was called away by an important assignment at the last minute and asked if I could fill in. (OK, so actually I dragged him out of bed in the middle of the night, stuffed him in a closet, nailed it shut and asked if …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – There is domination, and then there is total domination. There have only been four drivers in the history of the sport who won 10 or more races at a single track. After Sunday that number increased by one as Jimmie Johnson rode to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch dominated the race, leading almost 250 of the 400 laps. The eighth and final caution of the race flew with 62 laps to go, and five cars chose to roll the dice and try and stretch their fuel mileage for all of those laps. In …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – While most of the stories will be written about Denny Hamlin winning the race, it is his pit crew that really should be in the spotlight. On the mandatory stop before the final 10-lap segment, Hamlin’s crew threw down a 10.4-second pit stop. DJ Copp told Frontstretch in 2013 that …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

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Who’s in the headline – The newest iteration of the Chase has made gambling much easier for those people who have a win or two under their belts. Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson put another notch in his as he stretched his fuel and tires to a victory. A late-race caution allowed Johnson and his No. …

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