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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA Texas 500

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Who’s in the headline? – Jimmie Johnson saved his best for last Sunday and spoiled Brad Keselowski‘s party as the laps wound down. Johnson led six laps during the event, including the final four to steal the win from Keselowski, who led 312 of the posted 334 laps of the event. Johnson proved, once again, …

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Jimmie Johnson Pounces To 2015 AAA Texas 500 Victory, 6th at TMS

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Jimmie Johnson spoiled a Chase clinching win for Brad Keselowski as he made the winning pass with three laps to go to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The victory for Johnson is the fifth of the season and third in a row at Texas. “I kept working on him, working on …

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Pace Laps: Penske Problems, Xfinity Interesting and More

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Sprint Cup Series: Is Team Penske Locked Out of the Final Four? – Fresh off of a controversial finish at Martinsville Speedway, teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski found themselves in a must-win situation at either Texas or Phoenix to make the final four in the Chase. With Keselowski on the pole after leading practice …

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Number Crunching: 2015 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Fantasy Preview

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The drivers are in Texas and it sure has been an interesting few days leading up to the race this week. Matt Kenseth was suspended for two races for wrecking the race leader Joey Logano at Martinsville last week, and Truck Series point leader Erik Jones will pilot the No. 20 car in Kenseth’s place. Both Saturday practice …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the AAA Texas 500

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Welcome to our eighth 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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Friday Faceoff: Did NASCAR Make the Right Call?

Joey Logano and Matt Kenneth battle for position during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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Did NASCAR make the right call with a two-race suspension levied against Matt Kenseth after Kenseth intentionally wrecked Joey Logano at Martinsville? Who or why not? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Buckle up, Buttercup, and welcome to the new Chase. Thanks to the format, NASCAR had little choice but to come down heavily because of the …

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NASCAR 101: Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano an Instant Classic?

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Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano already one of the biggest moments in NASCAR’s history when it comes to driver feuds? It’s tough to proclaim something an instant classic or already infamous in the moment or shortly thereafter. Generally, emotions and feelings run so rampant that, once the euphoria wears off, one looks back on …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Joey Logano Erase Martinsville Deficit with a Win?

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WILL JOEY LOGANO MAKE UP FOR LAST WEEK’S DISAPPOINTMENT WITH A WIN? Joey Logano was 47 laps away from making history last weekend. Leading 207 laps at the Martinsville paperclip, the driver of the No. 22 was intentionally crashed in turn 1 by Matt Kenseth following a stretch of races in which the two tangled …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Becoming Detrimental to Stock Car Racing

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Let’s dispense with the typical flowery introduction or using irrelevant song lyrics to frame a story. Instead, as a break from what has become the norm in NASCAR, let’s speak with consistency and clarity: NASCAR’s actions governing their sport the past three weeks are detrimental to stock car racing. Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth …

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Context, Consistency & Dangerous Precedents

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Context can be a dangerous word but it is a word that is quintessentially appropriate to the asinine punishment meted out to Matt Kenseth by the powers that be. From all points across the NASCAR diaspora, the instantaneous reaction to Kenseth’s punishment after his wreck with Joey Logano last weekend was one of shock and …

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