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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Edition

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It’s hard to decide which song to attach to what turned out to be a marathon day and night at Jeff Gordon (or Phoenix International, as its usually known) Raceway on Sunday. You’ve got “The Waiting” by Tom Petty, or maybe the old “Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt and of course, “A Hard Day’s Night” …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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Up to Speed: Mixed Emotions Following Rain-Shortened Phoenix Semi-Final

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Weather can certainly have its way in influencing motorsports and this was true at Phoenix International Raceway. That’s right, even a racetrack in the middle of the desert is not safe from the woes brought on by a steady downpour. Following a nearly seven-hour delay for rain, the penultimate race of the season finally went green under …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Quicken Loans Racing for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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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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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Name Does Matter

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During the brouhaha over the Matt Kenseth–Joey Logano dustup two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch said something that was largely overlooked in the aftermath of the incident: That it’s not just about what happened, but whose names were over the doors on the cars involved. And it was easy to push the statement …

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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

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OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR Silly Season Shouldn’t Equal Stability

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Did You Notice? There was no penalty for a trio of Joe Gibbs Racing teams accused of trying to alter the splitters on their racecars? Our Jerry Jordan reported splitters had been adjusted to curve further inward, shaped with Bondo or resin in a way to push the car lower and closer to the racetrack. …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Eddie Gossage Surprises Jeff Gordon With Shetland Ponies

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Morning ride with @WhelenMTRS #GoPro pic.twitter.com/BolCn2XISy — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 10, 2015 Joey Logano took his driving skills off-road on Tuesday morning. We’ll admit we wish he would turn the keys over so we can have a go. Hey @abrevak who won the game yesterday. pic.twitter.com/qGzOOQn6Ad — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) November 9, 2015 Jamie …

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The Frontstretch 5: Random Foods for Thought

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1. Quintessential… wait, WHAT? Color me confused. Brian France called Joey Logano’s move to win at Kansas, where Logano got into a hard-blocking Matt Kenseth, “quintessential NASCAR” and the fans booed.  Kenseth called Jimmie Johnson’s ultra-clean pass for the win at Texas “quintessential,” and the fans cheered. When, exactly, did that happen? And how long …

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Bowles-Eye View: Penske Potential Peters Out… Because of Personality?

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Almost three years ago, fresh off his 2012 Sprint Cup title Brad Keselowski appeared ready to vault toward superstar status. Somehow, he had fended off five-time champ Jimmie Johnson despite driving for an organization in Team Penske that left him on an island. His teammate in the No. 22, AJ Allmendinger was fired midseason after …

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