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Not Just Daytona – Gordon Hits Unprotected Wall in Atlanta

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A week after Kyle Busch was severely injured after hitting a part of the wall without SAFER barriers at Daytona International Speedway, Jeff Gordon struck a similarly unprotected wall at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a hard impact. Thankfully the results weren’t as dire or drastic. Gordon walked away from the incident without showing any problems. …

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Despite Poor Finish, Jeff Gordon Enjoyed Final Daytona 500 Run

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On the 22nd of February, the 22 car of Joey Logano went to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500. Further back in the pack, Jeff Gordon’s storybook weekend suddenly took a negative turn. Yet both drivers were still smiling at the end of the race on Sunday. “For some reason, I’m still smiling and enjoying every …

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Kurt Busch’s Second Appeal Denied, Remains Suspended

Kurt Busch’s second and final appeal following his indefinite suspension from NASCAR has been denied by Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer. On Friday, Busch was suspended indefinitely after a Kent County (Delaware) Family Court Commissioner found that Busch had “more likely than not” committed an act of domestic abuse against ex-girlfriend Patricia …

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Harvick vs Logano: The Evolution of a Rivalry

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It appears that not everything from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was left completely behind. Of course, is it ever? Last Saturday night was the unofficial start to the 2015 season in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway and, though Matt Kenseth won the race, the conversation surrounded a post-race confrontation between …

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Carl Edwards Feeling the Pressure in Daytona

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Carl Edwards finds himself in unfamiliar territory this weekend in Daytona, and it’s not just because he is with a new team this season. Edwards, who moved over to Joe Gibbs Racing over the offseason after 10 years with Roush Fenway Racing, is not guaranteed a spot in next week’s season-opening Daytona 500. Edwards is …

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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Trevor Bayne

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Ride: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Crew Chief: Chad Norris Points finish: Sixth Stats: 33 starts, zero wins, five top 5s, 21 top 10s, one pole (Iowa), 80 laps led, three DNFs, 11.6 average start, 11.3 average finish Best finish: Second, twice (Dover in May, Chicagoland in July)   …

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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Chris Buescher

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Ride: No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Crew Chief: Scott Graves Points finish: 7th Stats: 32 starts, 1 DNQ, 1 win, five top 5s, 14 top 10s, zero poles, 55 laps led, one DNF, 11.5 average start, 12.6 average finish, Best finish: First, once (Mid-Ohio, August) High point: Winning his …

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NASCAR Mailbox: My Appeal to NASCAR – LEAVE IT ALONE!

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Holy cow! It’s only been a few days since the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and I’m still pumped up about it. I was cheering for no particular driver and yet I found my heart racing in the close laps of the race, unwilling at times to even look down …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Ryan Newman Deserves His Spot in Homestead

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The championship race is finally upon us and NASCAR Nation is all a-Twitter about possibly having a winless champion, despite NASCAR’s emphasis on creating a system where it should have been all but impossible for that to happen. Though three of the four drivers have victories (Denny Hamlin has one, Joey Logano has five, and …

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NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Was Right Not to Penalize Gordon, Keselowski

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To say that NASCAR has faced some criticism in the past for being inconsistent on issuing penalties would be an understatement. Seemingly similar incidents would get completely different penalties, and would sometimes be completely over turned by NASCAR’s own appellate staff. Even with the introduction of the new penalty system, the different levels assessed didn’t …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Winless Champ Not Such a Stretch After All?

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One week makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Martinsville on Sunday, while great for the morale of the team, was a case of too little too late. After being eliminated from the Chase one week prior at Talladega, Earnhardt pulled through and won the very next week at Martinsville, a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Absence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from Chase Doesn’t Change Anything

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s failure to move onto the next round in the Chase Grid might perhaps be the best thing to happen to the Chase detractors who want to see the end of it all. I mean, Earnhardt was doing so well and was poised to potentially win his first career Sprint Cup Series championship, …

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