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Up to Speed: The Kyle & Kyle Show’s Greatest Episode

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On a Sunday afternoon, when storms were brewing all around Chicagoland Speedway, the biggest storm of all was brewing on the race track.  Kyle Larson was charging through the field, running his customary high line inches away from the wall.  Larson was trying to catch Kyle Busch, who held a sizeable lead but appeared a …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Stages Mean Less Strategy at Sonoma

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The key to Martin Truex Jr.’s victory Sunday (June 24) at Sonoma Raceway was a pit stop that did not happen.  Cole Pearn, Truex’s crew chief, appeared to call the No. 78 to pit road late in the race, only to have the driver stay out for several more laps.  When Truex did pit later …

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Up to Speed: Joey Logano is the 4th Contender

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The midway point of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has come and gone.  With its yearly NASCAR broadcast schedule drawing to a close, FOX’s analysts have kicked off their end-of-year predictions and begun to share their thoughts about who will reach the championship race this November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While nobody should be …

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Up to Speed: A New Challenge for Old Teammates


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In 2014, Kevin Harvick left his longtime home at Richard Childress Racing for an opportunity to drive for his old pal, Tony Stewart.  Three years later, another familiar face showed up at Stewart-Haas Racing in Clint Bowyer. Harvick and Bowyer had been teammates before.  Back in 2006, Bowyer joined RCR’s Cup Series lineup as a …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Building Job Security at Stewart-Haas Racing


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Stewart-Haas Racing did not come away with the victory at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (June 3).  However, the team’s drivers have maintained a high level of performance they are carrying with them straight into summer. Kevin Harvick leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with five wins through 14 races.  Clint Bowyer earned a victory …

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Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson Faces NASCAR Changes

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For most of his NASCAR career, Jimmie Johnson has been a picture of stability.  Going all the way back to his first Cup Series start, Johnson has piloted the No. 48 car for Hendrick Motorsports and Lowe’s has sponsored the majority of races for him each year.  Chad Knaus joined the No. 48 team as …

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Up to Speed: Finding Balance in NASCAR’s 3 National Series

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For the better part of the last decade, a lack of excitement plagued NASCAR’s All-Star Race.  The event for recent Cup Series winners rose to fame as a no-holds-barred showdown in which drivers would throw caution to the wind racing for big money and bragging rights.  However, the lasting memories of recent All-Star Races are …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth’s Return or Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Rise?

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Matt Kenseth’s first race back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series did not go quite as planned, despite the fanfare that surrounded the veteran racer being reunited with his new old team, Roush Fenway Racing. Instead, the No. 6 crew struggled with the car all night at Kansas Speedway on Saturday (May 12).  Kenseth …

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Up to Speed: A Surprising List of Winless Drivers in 2018

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Last year’s spring race at Dover International Speedway remains the most recent victory for Jimmie Johnson.  The No. 48 team reeled off three wins early in 2017 but struggled to run up front for the rest of the season.  Given Johnson’s past record of success, it is surprising that he has not found the path …

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Up to Speed: Drivers Need More Incentive to Make the Move

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Once the dust had settled at Talladega Superspeedway, Chase Elliott’s post-race thoughts probably echoed what a lot of fans were left thinking. “I got to the end (of the race), and those guys around me were working together so much,” Elliott said.  “I thought for sure one of them wanted to win a little worse …

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Up to Speed: Who Remembers Early Season Winners?

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Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, something happened in NASCAR’s Cup Series that has not happened in quite a while.  Kyle Busch’s victory made him the second driver to win at least three races in the season’s first nine events.  Busch’s three consecutive victories put him atop the win column with Kevin Harvick, who has three …

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Up to Speed: True Bristol Divides NASCAR Drivers and Fans

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Despite a losing battle with Mother Nature Sunday, Bristol Motor Speedway provided plenty of action for NASCAR fans this week. Saturday’s XFINITY Series event was the most successful attempt to date at restoring Bristol’s bottom groove. The application of PJ1 TrackBite to the low line through its turns held up well over the afternoon, causing …

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