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Up To Speed: Kyle Busch Just as Surprised as the Rest of Us

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For all four drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, each brought a unique story. Martin Truex Jr. was trying to win the race as a single-car team; Kevin Harvick was going for his second straight title; Jeff Gordon had hopes of finishing off his driving career with a fifth championship. Kyle Busch, the fourth driver, …

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Up to Speed: Mixed Emotions Following Rain-Shortened Phoenix Semi-Final

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Weather can certainly have its way in influencing motorsports and this was true at Phoenix International Raceway. That’s right, even a racetrack in the middle of the desert is not safe from the woes brought on by a steady downpour. Following a nearly seven-hour delay for rain, the penultimate race of the season finally went green under …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 AAA Texas 500

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And then there were two… races that is. Despite the fact that there are three races in the Eliminator Round, by virtue of non-Chaser Jimmie Johnson‘s win last weekend, two drivers at most will make it to the championship race based on wins. It’s possible that three drivers could make it in on points if another non-Chaser …

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Up To Speed: Jimmie Johnson Snookers Brad Keselowski

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By all accounts, Brad Keselowski should have won the race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. After starting on the pole, Keselowski dominated the race, leading 312 of 334 laps. Most of those remaining laps were during cycles of green-flag pit stops or short periods where other drivers – like Kevin Harvick – were briefly …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 after the 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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Once again, Martinsville Speedway lived up to its reputation. Short tempers? Check. Payback? Check. Lots and lots of contact? Check. Matt Kenseth – once thought to be one of the most even-tempered drivers in the garage area – wrecked Joey Logano while several laps down at Martinsville Speedway. Though he claimed it was unintentional, NASCAR …

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Up To Speed: Matt Kenseth Took It Too Far… And He Didn’t Have To

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Depending on the circumstances in Homestead in a few weeks, Martinsville could turn out to be the most meaningful, impactful race of the season. Not only did Jeff Gordon advance to the championship race in his final season (after he hadn’t won a race all year), but championship favorite Joey Logano may very well miss …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

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Everyone sort of expected Talladega Superspeedway to shake up the standings but I don’t think anyone expected the dramatic, forced ending that occurred in the final laps of the race. Even after NASCAR announced that it would be reducing the number of green-white-checkered attempts from three to one days before the event Sunday’s ultimate ending at …

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Up To Speed: Make No Mistake, There Were 2 “Attempts” at a GWC in Talladega

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    con·sist·en·cy kənˈsistənsē/noun conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness. “the grading system is to be streamlined to ensure greater consistency” synonyms:          uniformity, constancy, regularity, evenness, steadiness, stability, equilibrium I chose the word consistency because it feels like the world of NASCAR is …

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Hendrick Motorsports Sweeps Front Row in 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Qualifying at Talladega

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Jeff Gordon will start from the pole in his final Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway, the only driver to reach a speed in excess of 194 mph in the second round. Gordon will start alongside Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne on the front row. In fact, HMS dominated qualifying, with all four drivers …

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Timothy Peters Wins 2015 Fred’s 250 at Talladega Under Caution

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Following a rules change allowing only one green-white-checkered attempt at the end of any NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, polesitter Timothy Peters was the first beneficiary of the rule as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race ended under caution on Saturday afternoon. While racing for the lead on the final restart, second-place …

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Beyond The Cockpit: Blake Koch on Returning to TriStar Motorsports in 2016 and More

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Most drivers spend years in lower divisions before they are recruited by a NASCAR team, racing from the time they could still count their age on one hand. For Blake Koch, the road was much faster than that, as he competed in only 20 races in his driving career before he was recruited by the …

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Up To Speed: Matt Kenseth Wouldn’t Have Spun Joey Logano

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Who needs a “Game 7” moment? Kansas Speedway was only the fifth of 10 Chase races and arguably the most dramatic moment of the season has taken place. No one was surprised to see Joey Logano or Matt Kenseth at the front of the field at Kansas Speedway. Logano was the previous week’s winner at …

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