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Near Catastrophe Mixed With Fontana Excitement: 3 Reasons How And Why

It was true, though. Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin fighting for the lead post-Bristol/Twitter feud on the final lap of the race and I think we all knew what was coming next. Regardless of all those who were looking to Martinsville for “Round 2”, the 22 and the 11 were just inevitably drawn together in Fontana. Logano slides up the track, into Hamlin, and Hamlin takes the ride of his life that eventually sends him to the hospital.

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After The Auto Club 400

There's no doubt that Furniture Row Racing has come a long way from the days when they once failed to qualify for a Sprint Cup race because someone put a brake rotor on the car backwards before their run (yes, that really happened). With a fifth-place finish for *Kurt Busch* on Sunday, the Denver-based team, which hasn't had a win since 2011 and has five top-5 finishes since its start in 2005, cemented itself as the best of the single-car teams (though it does have a strong enough satellite relationship with Richard Childress Racing to be considered a de facto fourth car) in the sport for the first time in its existence.

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Happiness is… What Happened This Weekend In Racing

*Happiness is… The Unknown* The Nationwide race on Saturday did not portend to what would transpire on Sunday in Cup. With the field spread out during long green flag runs, Kyle Busch took his dominant car to Victory Lane with a sense of ease and lack of incident. Had his teammates, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers, not endured their issues, the race might have been more interesting, but it seemed that Busch had things in control.

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Nationwide Breakdown: Royal Purple 300

Another Nationwide race, another Kyle Busch victory. For the third time in five races this season, Busch emerged victorious in the second-tier series, leading 92 laps en route to his 54th career win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It was a commanding performance from the Las Vegas native, who started from the pole and was substantially challenged by points leader and runner-up Sam Hornish Jr., who added 28 laps led. His win continues a return to form for Busch, who returned to Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series in 2013 after driving for his own team in 2012. After being unable to secure any sort of win in the series last year, he's already scored enough victories this year to compensate -- and then some.

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Pace Laps: The Latest On Hamlin’s Health, Sizzling Starts And New TV Deals

*Sprint Cup: The Latest On Hamlin's Health* The week off for NASCAR's top series couldn't have come at a better time for Denny Hamlin. Hospitalized after his last-lap wreck with Joey Logano, Hamlin will stay there through at least Monday morning as a precaution. While no specific injuries have been announced, his back - which he's had problems with in the past - remains a primary concern after head-on contact with the inside wall off Turn 4. It should be noted that area, before the start of pit road is not equipped with a SAFER Barrier. That left Hamlin susceptible at a track whose speeds reach upwards of 205 miles an hour on the straightaways -- roughly 5-10 MPH faster than you'd see at Daytona and Talladega. NASCAR requires that every Sprint Cup oval has some degree of those barriers installed, on the outside walls but has no such requirements for other areas within the track.

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Five NASCAR Truths We Already Know For 2013

The 2013 season is just four races old, and already we've seen some things to think about as the year rolls forward. From who's at the top of the standings to who's closer to the bottom, what the Gen-6 can—and can't—do, and attendance falling as TV ratings rise, the last month has been full of surprises. While it's definitely too early to accurately answer a lot of the questions that this season has already posed, we do know some things…and are still completely in the dark on others. So, while we don't know which teams are going to get ahead with the Gen-6 cars and therefore be the biggest title threats, how that car will perform say, 20 weeks from now, or whether the ratings will continue after the early-season hype wears off, there are some truths that you can just about take to the bank as the season progresses.

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Four Burning Questions in Fontana: Feuds, Cautions, and Single File Parades

Auto Club Speedway, located in the not-so-picturesque Inland Empire town of Fontana, CA, is the site of Round 5 of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. Infamous for being a popular symbol of NASCAR’s plight of the mid-2000s post-boom era, the track once known for it’s boring on-track product has come to life a bit in recent years due to an aging surface pavement that will give drivers and teams fits all weekend long. But lets not get ahead of ourselves here, a good race at Auto Club is still tantamount to an average race anywhere else. Nonetheless, the big teams have usually thrived here, so one of the main questions heading into the weekend will certainly be whether or not the powerhouse squads will blow away the field like they have in the past at Auto Club. Meanwhile, in the garage area, we have a Twitter rivalry brewing, a points leader putting up insane numbers, and all sorts of craziness after a barnburner of a race at Bristol. There’s an awful lot to cover this week, so without further ado, let’s get started!

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IndyCar In-Depth: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

*What’s News* The 2013 season is finally getting underway! What more news do you need? Actually, as is usually the case after the offseason, there are plenty of changes to get used to. First, there are some new rules designed to make strategy more of a player on the road/street courses and to take mileage racing off the table. Race distances for some events, including this weekend at St. Petersburg, have been changed to discourage fuel mileage racing. This week’s event will be ten laps longer.

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Nuts for Nationwide: A NASCAR Journeyman’s (Comparably) Hot Start

If you're looking for a feel-good story four races into the Nationwide Series season, look no further than Mike Harmon. Harmon, a longtime journeyman contender in multiple NASCAR series and ARCA, published an article with Catchfence last October decrying the change from 43- to 40-car Nationwide fields, writing that he "just [didn't] think NASCAR has really thought this thing out" and that he was "just about finished with NASCAR."

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Formula 1 Fridays: The Iceman Cometh And Other Reflections…

There are few things in the world of Formula One more likely to leave you with egg on your face than the pre-season preview predictions. However, like a siren's song it becomes hard to resist not to draw a few conclusions following on from the first race of the season. And so the shell is cracked and the stove lit in preparation as we ponder a few of these lessons prior to this weekend and the oppressive heat of Malaysia… *Red Bull not so dominant?* There was a shudder of fear after Friday’s two practice sessions prior to Australia as Red Bull stopped sand-bagging and showed their true pace. This was compounded after qualifying on Saturday as the team secured a dominant front-row lock out of the grid.

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