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Double Take: Ford’s Fiery Start Comes at Toyota’s Expense

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Ford has been on fire in 2017. With Joey Logano picking up his first win of the season at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, the Blue Oval now has four victories through the first nine races of the season, including the sport’s crown-jewel event at Daytona International Speedway in February. The fact these four wins …

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Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Still Lags Behind at One-Quarter Pole

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Did You Notice? … The difference a year makes for Joe Gibbs Racing? This time last year, JGR had won five of nine races and had all four drivers firmly within playoff position. This time around? The organization is 0-for-9. Of its four-driver team, only Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are in playoff position. Matt Kenseth hadn’t even led a …

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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Rookie Is Top of the Class?

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In the days leading up to Matt Kenseth’s announcement of a six-race sponsorship deal with Circle K Wednesday, some speculated that the announcement would concern the driver’s imminent retirement. He may not be stepping aside any time soon, but realistically, how much time does Kenseth have? Matteo Marcheschi: Matt Kenseth doesn’t have long. While he has earned …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Seven Races Into 2017

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ONE: Toyota’s Tough Start Toyota, coming off its first NASCAR Cup manufacturer’s title, has tumbled out of the gate in 2017. Just two drivers – Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch – sit inside the top 10 in points, and only Truex has earned a victory thus far this season. Joe Gibbs Racing in particular has …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Never Count Him Out Edition

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It almost seems like an annual rite of passage in these early stages of the Cup Series season. What’s wrong with the No. 48 team? Is Jimmie Johnson finally past his prime? Is this the year the now-seven time champion becomes an also ran as he winds down his career? Well, we got the answer …

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Eyes On XFINITY: Where Is Joe Gibbs Racing?

Five races into the NASCAR XFINITY Series season, one of the main storylines continues to be what has happened to Joe Gibbs Racing. Compared to recent years, when the organization dominated the racing on Saturdays they have not shown their expected brute force for 2017. Is it time to get concerned? The short term answer would be …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Survives Beating, Banging and Trading Paint to Win Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – Rusty Wallace won at Martinsville Speedway six times drivng for Roger Penske. He last won a grandfather clock for Penske in 2004. Since then, it had been an agonizing drought for Team Penske. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have both come very close in Southern Virginia, but failed to seal …

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Dave Rogers Taking Indefinite Leave from Joe Gibbs Racing

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Dave Rogers, crew chief for the No. 19 Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez, is taking a personal leave for an indefinite period of time, Joe Gibbs Racing announced in a press release Wednesday evening, March 29. No details were given for the reasons behind Rogers’ departure or a timeframe for when he will return to …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Re-Emergence of Chip Ganassi Racing

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ONE: Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing has gone through both spurts of ultra-competitive greatness and the lulls of being a field filler. However, the organization as a whole has almost never looked better. We’ve all heard plenty about Kyle Larson and the wondrous start he is off to in 2017. Larson came into this …

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