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Up to Speed: Everything is Great at Martinsville

In the still young 2017 season, NASCAR is trying to find reasons for fans to get excited.  First, there was the implementation of the new stage format.  Pre-determined cautions with points awarded to the top 10 drivers mid-race made for some initial curiosity at Daytona International Speedway. However, stage racing has …

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Up to Speed: Can Chip Ganassi Racing Sustain its Speed?

After three consecutive second-place finishes, Kyle Larson is a winner in 2017.  Larson’s victory at Auto Club Speedway, the second of his career, virtually guarantees him a spot in the playoffs and allows the No. 42 team to extend their championship lead. The four straight top-two finishes are a sign that …

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Up to Speed: MENCS Teams Still Focused on the Big Picture

The Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, started and ended with a bang.  That was followed by a crash-filled XFINITY Series race on Saturday that was delayed by two lengthy red flags. So by the time the 59th running of the Daytona 500 began on Sunday, it would …

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Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson Humbled By History, Reaction of Peers after Winning 7th Title

We all knew it was a possibility, but we didn’t know if it would ever happen. Seven championships. Done only twice in the history of the sport and not in over two decades. Even a driver like Jimmie Johnson, who won five championships in a row, couldn’t pull it off, …

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