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NASCAR Mailbox: Ryan Newman Deserves His Spot in Homestead

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The championship race is finally upon us and NASCAR Nation is all a-Twitter about possibly having a winless champion, despite NASCAR’s emphasis on creating a system where it should have been all but impossible for that to happen. Though three of the four drivers have victories (Denny Hamlin has one, Joey Logano has five, and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix Chase Race 9 – And Then There Were Four

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Key Moments – Denny Hamlin was a lap down more than once in the race thanks to a flat tire and a two tire stop that resulted in his car being less than competitive with the faster cars. Hamlin was granted the Lucky Dog under the third and seventh cautions of the race. The No. 11 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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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? His top-10 run might not have been noticed at all …

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The Frontstretch Five: Things You Might Have Missed Amid the Chase Hype

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy ‘s got a few things …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

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Key Moment – During the caution flag that flew for the third incident between Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers on lap 278, Steve Letarte realized that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was going to restart in the fourth position, which would have put him in the outside line. Letarte called Earnhardt in, put four tires on his …

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Did You Notice? … Tough Sledding, Payback Time And Penalty Free

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Did You Notice?… How ratings keep declining in this Chase? Talladega, the Russian Roulette 500-miler of the playoffs should have been a “can’t miss” race for those interested in the sport’s new format. There’s no event more unpredictable for an “elimination” event, whereby the checkered flag Sprint Cup’s postseason field was trimmed from twelve to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

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Key Moment – The caution flag flew with four laps to go for a piece of metal on the race track. The No. 22 of Joey Logano had it on his grill under caution and rubbed it off when the yellow flag was in the air. The end result was a green-white-checkered finish that brought …

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Did You Notice? … Hornish Hire Sign Of Shift In NASCAR’s Ford Hierarchy

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Did You Notice? … Sam Hornish, Jr.’s strategy worked? His choice to run a limited schedule, in top-notch Nationwide equipment as opposed to running full-time with a struggling team paid off this week. Hornish will be the replacement for Marcos Ambrose in 2015, driving the No. 9 Ford for a Richard Petty Motorsports program that …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

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Dover International Speedway did its job: separate the contenders from the pretenders. After 400 circuits at the Monster Mile, only 12 drivers remain in contention for the ultimate prize, the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy. Which drivers have what it takes to survive the Contender Round and which are lucky to have made it this far? …

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