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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards should take away a lot of good memories from his 2016 season.  From dominant victories to comeback performances, from thrilling finishes to his first appearance in the Championship Round of the Chase, Edwards’s second season with Joe Gibbs Racing was a step forward from his up-and-down 2015 campaign.  Yet amid all those positive …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Championship Edition

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The final race of the season ended with the kind of drama that NASCAR could only hope for when it devised the Chase system, and especially this current Chase system. There was no ceremonial ride around for 267 laps for the champion as there had been at times when the championship was all but won …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Historic 7th Sprint Cup Championship

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After one swift pass on a restart with two laps to go, Jimmie Johnson matched history in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. Scoring his first victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson beat championship rival Joey Logano to grab his seventh Sprint Cup Series championship. In just his 15th season, he’s now equaled Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt …

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Carl Edwards Shows Class of a Champion Amid Heartbreaking Loss

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Jimmie Johnson may have hoisted up his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at the end of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, but he wasn’t the only one who looked like a champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards made sure of that. Somehow, some way, Edwards’ bitter championship loss on Sunday managed to look even …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sudden Shift Hands Johnson Record-Tying Title

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Who’s in the headline – The elite level of NASCAR has increased by 50%. There are many gauges to judge the greats but championships are a huge differentiator. Jimmie Johnson took advantage of circumstances that fell his way, led the final three laps, and notched his seventh career title. Johnson shares the headline with Tony …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Since Homestead became the season-ending race, drivers out of title contention have barely gotten a second glance for most of the weekend, and since the current Chase format came along, forget about seeing anyone else.  This weekend was no exception, and even as Kyle Larson was owning the …

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The Agony of Defeat for Joey Logano: ‘This Hurts’

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10 laps is all that separated Joey Logano from his first Sprint Cup championship. One move to the inside on a restart gave him the inside track on that title. One accident, seconds later left him and championship contender Carl Edwards pondering what might have been. Logano, restarting third, made a move on Edwards, who forced …

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Huge Wreck Eliminates Carl Edwards From Title Contention

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For much of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Carl Edwards was at minimum the best Chaser on track and, at times, the best driver on track, period.  Edwards led 47 laps and had a spirited battle through the middle sections of the race with Kyle Larson. He lost the war, totaling his car …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Ford EcoBoost 400 And Cup Title Staff Predictions

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Welcome to our ninth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week in the Ford EcoBoost 400! Think you can …

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Carl Edwards: How 2011 Near-Miss Motivates Him Now

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Back in 2011, Carl Edwards got as close as you could get to winning a championship without actually taking home the title. It’s a runner-up finish he’s at peace with, a near-miss people mention all the time. This week was different. Monday evening, NBC Sports played back the 2011 Homestead-Miami Speedway event, honoring Tony Stewart …

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