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Up to Speed: Why Martin Truex, Jr. is Driving for ‘a Little Less’ This Season

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Martin Truex, Jr.’s win at Chicagoland Speedway means that the No. 78 team has something that other teams don’t for these next two races: breathing room. Given the ups and downs the team has faced this season, it’s a much-needed addition to their Chase run. Though there are two races left in the Round of …

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Up To Speed: Richmond Win Has Hamlin Peaking at the Right Time

2016 Richmond International Raceway NSCS Denny Hamlin trophy victory lane photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Even with an extremely close finish in the season opening Daytona 500 between eventual winner Denny Hamlin and runner-up Martin Truex Jr., no one could have possibly predicted just how dominant Toyota would be at the end of the regular season. After 26 races and with only 10 remaining to determine the champion in the …

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Up To Speed: Following Darlington Victory, Truex Sees Potential for ‘Great’ Season

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

For Martin Truex, Jr., the term “go big or go home” has had significant meaning in 2016. Though he has had several races this year when he had a car capable of winning, Sunday night’s race in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was only his second win of the season. His other win? The Coca-Cola …

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Up To Speed: Kyle Larson’s First Career Victory Emotional But Meaningful

2016 Michigan International Speedway NSCS Kyle Larson checkered flag photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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If you follow NASCAR, you knew that the potential to see a first-time winner last weekend at Michigan International Speedway was pretty high. Drivers like Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Austin Dillon had all been running well, leading laps, and finishing in the top five. While Chris Buescher had already earned his …

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Up To Speed: Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers Excited for Bristol Win, But For Different Reasons

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After a marathon of a race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race finally came to a close on Sunday evening. Originally scheduled to start Saturday night, the drivers were only able to compete for less than 40 laps before the race was red-flagged due to rain. The rain persisted and NASCAR …

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Up To Speed: The Driver Made the Difference in Mid-Ohio

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For casual viewers of Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the name Justin Marks may have been unfamiliar. Heck, even regular NASCAR viewers still may not have known for sure who he was. If they stuck around for the end, though, they certainly won’t forget. Marks has 64 career starts across NASCAR’s …

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Up To Speed: Buescher Says Crew Members ‘Saved Our Day’ In Garage Area

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Chris Buescher has been the unlikeliest of stories this season, and is currently in the midst of a Chase battle of his own. Following a strategic victory at Pocono Raceway a couple of weeks ago, Buescher and his Front Row Motorsports team then eyed the second requirement they must satisfy in order to qualify for …

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Up To Speed: Weather Problems Leave Tracks, NASCAR in a Tough Position

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For this first time in NASCAR history, two races at a single track in the same year have been postponed to the next day (in this case, Monday) because of weather. Perhaps one of the most rain-prone tracks on the schedule, both of Pocono Raceway’s Sunday races will be run on Monday. Or at least …

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Up To Speed: What We’ve Come To Expect from Kyle Busch

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It’s difficult to imagine a time when Kyle Busch wasn’t a threat to win at least once per weekend. Not only does the defending Sprint Cup Series champion routinely enjoy dominant performances in NASCAR’s premier series, but also makes his way to Victory Lane often in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Already in …

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Up To Speed: Toyota Racing Drivers Returned to Form in Loudon

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After winning eight of the first 13 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, observers were asking the same question: Can anyone beat Toyota? Joe Gibbs Racing captured seven of those trophies while Furniture Row Racing (who has an alliance with JGR) captured one with Martin Truex, Jr. Suddenly, though the manufacturer went on their version of …

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Earnhardt Will Not Race in New Hampshire, Bowman to Fill In

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 19th race of the season, one driver will be noticeably absent. After suffering concussion-like symptoms over the weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by the doctors to race this weekend and will miss a race for …

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Up To Speed: Brad Keselowski Proves It’s Sometimes Better To Be Lucky Than Good

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Brad Keselowski did not lead the most laps and did not have the fastest car … but he was still the one sitting in Victory Lane at Saturday night’s end at Kentucky Speedway. A call by crew chief Paul Wolfe to try and stretch the fuel mileage wound up paying off as Keselowski coasted to the …

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