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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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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? While Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske are grabbing attention by …

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Friday Faceoff: Ratings, Relevance & NASCAR Surprises

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1) NASCAR’s TV ratings suffered a year-to-year decline for the first time last week. Just a month ago, they were up significantly over 2014. Is this a sign the new rules package has failed to deliver, the sport’s recent momentum is declining or is it really nothing to worry about? Phil Allaway, Editor: I definitely …

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Happiness Is… Hot Dogs, Pyrrhic Victory & Keloorah

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Well, Phoenix was fun… or something. Before the weekend started, Happiness Is wondered if Kevin Harvick would just sweep everything, leaving the only question as to whether his car and crew would hold up. As far as Sprint Cup goes, he did just that and with little in the way of drama, though NASCAR tried …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix

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The Sprint Cup Series hasn’t seen this kind of domination in decades. Including 2014, Kevin Harvick collected his seventh straight top-two finish and second-straight victory of the season. Sunday’s win was also Harvick’s fourth straight at Phoenix. The top 10 in the Power Rankings after Las Vegas kept the momentum going for the second round of …

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Team Penske Named Finalist as Sports Team of the Year

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Team Penske Racing has been named as a finalist for the Sports Team of the Year award by The Sports Business Journal. Team Penske is the only racing team going for the category this year. Other finalists in the running for the award include: the Charlotte Hornets, Las Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Seattle Seahawks …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Burnouts, yes, Kevin Harvick knows all about burnouts lately. He’s had plenty of practice, winning the last two races, and looking back to last year, he’s won four of the last six. If you go back a little more, he’s been first or second in each of the last seven races and he’s led an astounding …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 At Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick is starting off the 2015 season in dominating fashion – the first person since Richard Petty in 1974 to start off a season with four straight top-two finishes. Sunday’s victory was his seventh straight, dating back to 2014 and is also second only to The King all-time. Harvick …

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Pace Laps: The Crazy Crash Edition

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Xfinity Series: Cup Series Dominance Continues – Nothing could stop Joey Logano from winning at Phoenix on Saturday. Nothing. The unstoppable Team Penske No. 22 car has been in the top five for each race this year, and it has three straight finishes of first or second. But what is so remarkable about Logano’s feat in the …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Phoenix Spring Race Recap

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(Author’s note: Joseph Wolkin had prior commitments, today so the Frontstretch editors pulled me out of the bullpen to fill in. You’ll note I use a different format than Joseph that still might be eerily familiar to some of you longtime readers. As it stands written in the Book of Bruce: Baby everything dies, baby …

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Joey Logano Earns Pole for 2015 Axalta 200 at Phoenix

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After sweeping all three rounds of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway, including a new track record in the final round, Joey Logano won the pole for the Axalta Faster Tougher Brighter 200. Logano, with a record time of 26.627 seconds, will earn his second pole position in the Xfinity Series this year. …

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