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Jeff Gordon Paces Final 2015 Quicken Loans 400 Practice Session at Michigan

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If Sunday’s final practice session of the day was any indication, Jeff Gordon might be the driver to beat once the green flag drops on Sunday. Gordon’s fast time of 36.253 seconds at 198.604 mph was good enough for the top spot in Saturday’s final practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan …

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Kyle Busch Back in Victory Lane at Michigan in 1st Xfinity Series Race Since Daytona Injury

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Some thought he wouldn’t race the rest of the year. Some though he would never be the same driver he was before. Others thought it was just too soon for him to come back. Kyle Busch proved all of them wrong on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. After fracturing his right leg and left …

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Up To Speed: Mixed Emotions for Greg Biffle Following 2nd-Place Finish at Charlotte

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Eventual Coca-Cola 600 champ Carl Edwards really needed to win a race. He had just moved over to a brand new car at Joe Gibbs Racing from Roush Fenway Racing at the beginning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, giving him optimism for a new beginning in his career but also applying some pressure …

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Up To Speed: Kyle Busch Shows No Signs of Weakness in All-Star Return

Hey, did you hear Kyle Busch is back? Because if you were watching Saturday night’s race (with the sound off, mind you), you may not have noticed anything different. If you’ve been living under a rock, Busch has been MIA from the Sprint Cup Series for a while — since the beginning of the season actually. …

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Up To Speed: Erik Jones Deserves Praise for Kansas Weekend Despite Disappointing Finish

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Sometimes it’s not your weekend… even when it looks like it will be. The weekend at Kansas Speedway was supposed to be huge for Erik Jones, who would be making his official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 18 Toyota, filling in for Kyle Busch who was injured in an Xfinity Series race earlier this season …

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2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Creating Special Memories for 1 Young Fan; Squidward Voice Actor in Attendance at Kansas

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There seems to be some mixed opinions on the name of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race: the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. Kansas Speedway bears the name of a popular sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, promoting the upcoming film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Some fans thinks it’s corny …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas

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In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton survived a late-race fuel mileage fight with the leaders, including dominant driver of the day Erik Jones. Jones headed to pit road with only five laps to go after leading a total of 151 laps. Tyler Reddick initially inherited the lead, but ran out of gas a couple of laps …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 after the 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Man, Talladega is a doozy, huh? Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s first victory of the season – and first at Talladega in 11 years – was great for the sport and meant, for a moment, that all was right in the racing world. However, the monster that is ‘Dega was also very unkind to several other drivers …

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Up To Speed: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Brutal Honesty Following Talladega Victory

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. There was a time when that phrase would have been nearly an afterthought, almost a foregone conclusion; a “been-there-done-that” acknowledgement from the racing world. Earnhardt’s win on Sunday was his sixth victory at the 2.66-mile racetrack and 24th of his career, but his first since 2004. His …

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Up To Speed: Kurt Busch Success Bad For the Sport?

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Kurt Busch’s win at Richmond came with a lot of, well… baggage. You see, Busch isn’t necessarily the most popular person outside of NASCAR. Following domestic abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, Busch was suspended for the first three weeks of the season after a family court in Delaware ruled it was “more likely than …

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