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

2016 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kyle Busch checkered flag photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

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

2016 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kyle Busch photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

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

2016 Kentucky CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrade NKP

(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

2016 Kentucky CUP Brad Keselowski trophy Russell LaBouty NKP

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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Up To Speed: Penske Proud, Credits Drivers After 100 Sprint Cup Victories

2016 Daytona International Speedway NSCS Brad Keselowski victory lane photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Roger Penske is one of the most respected names in motorsports. With over 400 major race wins across multiple racing disciplines and 28 national championships, no one doubts his ability to put together a winning race team. Many of those numbers were earned in NASCAR and Team Penske continues to build on those statistics to …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona Edition

2106 Sonoma CUP pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

As has become the trend lately with road courses, last weekend’s race at Sonoma played more like a short track, complete with some last-lap bumping and banging. However, Sonoma wasn’t the only track that saw contact. The Truck Series was in Gateway over the weekend and had some contact of its own – though this …

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Up to Speed: Even Tony Stewart Gets Emotional Sometimes

2016 Sonoma Raceway Tony Stewart burnout NSCS photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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This NASCAR season has been full of popular victories. Martin Truex, Jr.’s emotional victory in the Coca-Cola 600 was perhaps the most popular in the Sprint Cup Series. Daniel Suarez became the first Mexican driver to win in NASCAR earlier this year in the XFINITY Series, and it too was well-received by fans. Sam Hornish, Jr. won …

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Up To Speed: Sam Hornish Jr. Can Still Get It Done

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Daniel Suarez and Sam Hornish Jr. leading photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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It was a while since the NASCAR world heard from Sam Hornish, Jr. He hadn’t raced since the Sprint Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, and until recently didn’t have any plans to race at all. Instead, Hornish had been working as a substitute teacher and enjoying the extra time with his family. “A lot of …

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Up To Speed: Joey Logano Enjoys Driving on the ‘Ragged Edge’

2016 Michigan International Speedway NSCS Joey Logano burnout photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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After 14 races this season, there were two 2015 winners who had yet to win this season: Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. While it was surprising on the part of both drivers that neither had made it to Victory Lane, Logano’s winless season was arguably the most unfathomable considering he had a series-high six …

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Up To Speed: Martin Truex, Jr., Sherry Pollex and the Long Road to the Coca-Cola 600 Victory

2016 Charlotte I CUP Martin Truex Jr burnout NASCAR via Getty Images

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The story of Martin Truex, Jr. has been one of the most compelling in the NASCAR garage area over the past few seasons. This driver has had the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and still has managed to maintain the hearts of this sports’ most die hard fan base. Truex’s entire career is …

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