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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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Carl Edwards took advantage of fuel strategy to win his first race of 2015 and first driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards led only 25 laps but put himself in the lead by pitting with 62 laps to go and conserving fuel to the end, while the dominant cars were forced to pit. Meanwhile, Martin …

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5 Points to Ponder: Tapered Spacer Tapering Off NASCAR Competition

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ONE: The Horrific Tapered Spacer at Intermediate Tracks After seeing the horrendous racing during the All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 was a pleasant surprise. There were nine leaders and 14 lead changes within the first 100 laps, which is seemingly impressive. However, besides the twist of a few cautions and fuel strategy coming into play, …

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Bowles-Eye View: The New NASCAR, From Shaky To Saved In Just 1 Day

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Carl Edwards entered Charlotte buried under the weight of high expectations. Adding mental pounds of his own pressure simply left him digging a deeper hole through Sunday’s first 500 miles. A Sprint Cup veteran and former championship contender found himself struggling at Charlotte, like most weeks this season just hoping to escape with a top-10 …

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Up To Speed: Mixed Emotions for Greg Biffle Following 2nd-Place Finish at Charlotte

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Eventual Coca-Cola 600 champ Carl Edwards really needed to win a race. He had just moved over to a brand new car at Joe Gibbs Racing from Roush Fenway Racing at the beginning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, giving him optimism for a new beginning in his career but also applying some pressure …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch dominated the race, leading almost 250 of the 400 laps. The eighth and final caution of the race flew with 62 laps to go, and five cars chose to roll the dice and try and stretch their fuel mileage for all of those laps. In …

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Matt Kenseth Wins the Pole for the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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As the sun set on Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track for qualifying in preparation of the sport’s longest race. Matt Kenseth took the top position during the final round of qualifying with a time of 27.799 seconds (194.252 mph), which has earned him the Coors Light Pole Award for …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part I

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Since I’ve been away for a while, there’s a whole lot of writing to do on how each Sprint Cup driver has been performing in 2015. In this day and age of the “new” Chase, looking at the point standings to gauge a driver’s performance is often an optical illusion; once someone wins, scoring points …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – While most of the stories will be written about Denny Hamlin winning the race, it is his pit crew that really should be in the spotlight. On the mandatory stop before the final 10-lap segment, Hamlin’s crew threw down a 10.4-second pit stop. DJ Copp told Frontstretch in 2013 that …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Friday night’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H with the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Most people wouldn’t be surprised if the …

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Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick Transfer From Sprint Showdown to All-Star Race

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The final drivers in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race field have been determined. Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Danica Patrick have earned berths in the All-Star Race after winning the two Sprint Showdown segments and the Sprint Fan Vote, respectively. Biffle cruised in the first 20-lap segment, taking the lead from the inside lane on the …

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Paul Menard Wins Pole for 2015 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte

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Paul Menard is looking to make it into the Sprint All-Star Race with a victory in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown. Thus far, he has a slight advantage over the rest of the field. Menard has won the pole for the preliminary race with a time of 28.470 seconds. Making his eighth Showdown appearance, he is looking …

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Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon Quickest During 2015 All-Star Race Practices at Charlotte

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The Sprint All-Star Race weekend has finally arrived, and the much-anticipated non-points events are set to kick off on Friday evening with the Sprint Showdown. As the sun beamed down on Charlotte Motor Speedway early Friday afternoon, two extended practice sessions – one for each event – provided an opportunity for teams to test setups …

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