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Holding a Pretty Wheel: When Will the Jimmie Johnson Show Begin?

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There are certain things in life that are foregone conclusions. Death. Taxes. Jimmie Johnson. Wait, what? It wouldn’t be going out on much of a limb to say that Johnson will likely be contending for the championship this year, even if recent weeks haven’t had the No. 48 car at the top of the leaderboard. After …

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Up To Speed: Gibbs Enjoys Success From An Unlikely Source

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It’s good to be Joe Gibbs. As a team owner in the Sprint Cup Series, Gibbs has won five of the last six races (including the last four consecutively) and eight races total in 2015 amongst his four driver in the 21 events that have been run so far this season. That’s the most wins …

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Up To Speed: Kyle Busch Doesn’t Care What People Say

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“To think that he could go through what he went through early this year at Daytona and all of the heartbreak that went with that… I think it’s a special sports story,” said Joe Gibbs, winning car owner of the 2015 Brickyard 400. Indeed, comeback stories, such as that of Kyle Busch this season, are …

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Up To Speed: 3 Wins, 7 Races to Go… What Do the Numbers Say for Kyle Busch?

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What can you say about Kyle Busch? Rebound stories happen in sports every year (as evidenced by some stories in this year’s ESPY awards), but I can’t honestly say that I expected Busch to be one of them. For Busch to have missed the first 11 races of the Sprint Cup Series season due to …

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Up To Speed: New Rules Package A Huge Success… But Still Work To Do

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Life is all about little miracles and happy little surprises. Running into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, getting all green lights on the morning commute… …or an exciting race in an event full of unknowns and uncertainty. As the Sprint Cup Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway last week, everyone knew this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Deservedly Welcomed With Open Arms

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It’s hard to get NASCAR fans to agree on everything, and it’s even harder for them to all agree on something positive. Between the Chase, the competitors, and the various racetracks, everyone has an opinion and the only thing everyone agrees on is that it could always be better. Then NBC comes along, returning to …

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Austin Dillon Wins Independence Day Shootout in Xfinity Series at Daytona

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Independence Day is famous for its fireworks. So is Daytona. Austin Dillon survived all of the night’s fireworks to win his very first race at Daytona International Speedway in any of NASCAR’s three national series. The 25-year-old driver was able to avoid two late-race multi-car incidents to score his third Xfinity Series victory this season. …

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Up To Speed: Busch Brothers Moving Past Early Season Struggles, Finish 1-2 in Sonoma

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When Kyle Busch suffered through a horrendous wreck in the season opener for the Xfinity Series at Daytona in February, some wondered if he would ever race again. Once doctors determined the severity of the injuries—a broken right leg and fractured left foot—the question became when he would return. Next season? Six months? Longer? Shorter? Even …

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Up To Speed: The Best of the Rest Heading Into Sonoma

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We say it every year, but I’m always amazed at how fast the racing season passes by. One day the excitement of the Daytona 500 sets upon us, providing much needed racing after a long, cold offseason. Soon after, it’s the first day of summer, Father’s Day weekend, the sun is beating down on most of the …

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Up To Speed: NASCAR In No-Win Situation With Michigan Weather

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There’s the familiar adage that “When it rains, it pours.” Sometimes, though, that’s not always the case. Anyone who has watched racing for a while knows that it doesn’t take a lot of rain to slow or stop a NASCAR race. While it might delay the start or temporarily stop the action, eventually the cars can usually …

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