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NASCAR Mailbox: My Appeal to NASCAR – LEAVE IT ALONE!

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Holy cow! It’s only been a few days since the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and I’m still pumped up about it. I was cheering for no particular driver and yet I found my heart racing in the close laps of the race, unwilling at times to even look down …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Homestead

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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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Discount Tire Extends Partnership with Team Penske

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On Tuesday, November 18th, Team Penske announced a multi-year extension with Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer. Discount Tire will be the primary sponsor of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang for a minimum of 24 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (formally Nationwide Series) while serving as an associate sponsor …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead – Offseason Edition

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The Sprint Cup season is over, and it’s hard to let it go. The new Chase format gave new reason to religiously follow each of the final 10 races, while Homestead-Miami Speedway provided the perfect setting to finish off the year. After all, it’s tough to beat 80-degree weather in mid-November. This edition of Who’s …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Homestead – Cup Championship – A Cup Full of Budweiser

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Key Moment – On the 11th caution flag of the night, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers called for a four tire pit stop with 29 cars on the lead lap. When stops were completed Harvick was in 12th position. A quick caution afterwards allowed Harvick to restart in the sixth position. In a Nutshell …

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NASCAR’s Big Gamble… And Its Lucky Roll

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NASCAR’s new Chase format entered the weekend with four possible championship outcomes. Two of them, regardless of fan loyalty, would have caused a major, Grand Canyon-sized rift in NASCAR history. Ryan Newman, who wound up one spot short of a title, would have had the fewest top-5 finishes for any champion since 1949. Denny Hamlin, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Most of Paul Menard‘s TV airtime came when he brushed …

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Four Burning Questions at Homestead – Title Hopes and Fan Acceptance

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Here we are, the day that so many of you claimed to be dreading for months. Yes, it’s the “Championship 4” race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Sprint Cup season finale. And what do you know, there actually seems to be a fair amount of excitement surrounding the whole affair? What a concept! Who could have …

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Friday Faceoff: Acceptable Moves, Head Wrench Woes, and Championship Acceptance

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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. A …

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Championship Round Media Day Held in Doral

On Wednesday evening, NASCAR held Championship Media Day at Trump National Doral Miami, a golf resort and spa in Doral, Florida, just outside of Miami.  The four championship contenders (Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman) gathered for a series of questions, answers and statements. ESPN’s Mike Massaro served as the emcee for …

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