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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

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Who’s In The Headline – Matt Kenseth added another notch to his Daytona belt. The two-time 500 champ wrestled the lead away from Martin Truex Jr. on lap 56 and took control of NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition race, the Sprint Unlimited. Kenseth did his best rolling chicane maneuvers over the final 19 circuits of the event, successfully …

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Friday Faceoff: 2015 NASCAR Season Preview

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1) Stewart-Haas Racing …

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Chemistry the Key to Joe Gibbs Racing’s New Dynasty

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Joe Gibbs Racing has completed a makeover – and no, we aren’t talking about paint schemes either. Within the Toyota organization, crew chief swapping was of the essence over the off-season, and adding a fourth car played a key role in creating a new atmosphere within the team. Chemistry was the key missing ingredient to Gibbs …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Looks to Make 2015 Its Year

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November 2014: team owner Joe Gibbs was watching his team’s last chance for the Cup title slip away as the laps ticked down in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin, the team’s last hope as both Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch had already been eliminated from contention, ultimately fell short of the …

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Friday Faceoff: Title Sponsors, Crew Chiefs, and Petty Vs. Pearson…Vs. Gordon?

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1. NASCAR …

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2014 NASCAR Fantasy Review: Booms, Busts and Future Hopes

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The just-completed NASCAR season had its usual twists and turns along with some punches thrown as well, and while those events sometimes had a significant effect on the outcome of a real race, they also likely had an effect on the outcome of how your fantasy team fared. The following is a brief overview of …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Homestead

Four drivers entered the season finale at Homestead with one mission: finish ahead of the other three and win the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. There was a general consensus that whoever won the championship would also have to win the race, and that proved to be the case as all four drivers were strong …

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The Forgotten Stories From Championship Weekend at Homestead

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As NASCAR descended on Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, much of the focus was on the final four drivers heading into the race that would decide who went home as the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion, and rightfully so. But what the two hours of pre-race coverage on ESPN, along with much of the race broadcast …

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