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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Needs a Crisis Management Plan

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Michigan International Speedway may be Chevrolet’s backyard but it was once more commonly known as, “Jack Roush’s House.” Unfortunately for he and the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization, it appears someone locked the front door and took away the keys from Ford’s former racing giant. Going into this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series festivities blue-oval fans were …

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Trevor Bayne Makes Attempt To Improve with 2015 Pocono 200 ARCA Victory

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. That has been the story of Trevor Bayne thus far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 2011 Daytona 500 champion, in his first full-time season sits 31st in the championship standings entering Pocono Raceway. With a best finish of 18th (twice, Martinsville and Texas) Bayne has underperformed compared …

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Friday Faceoff: Analyzing Penalties, Johnson vs. Harvick & Pocono Setup

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff, our weekly NASCAR roundtable where the Frontstretch experts give their take on major storylines surrounding the sport. Here’s a few major questions we’re trying to answer heading into Pocono this weekend. 1) Halfway through the regular season, two drivers stand out ahead of the pack in terms of victories and overall …

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Happiness Is… Meh, Fines & the Weekend

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Last week, this column assailed one of the many strange consequences of the Chase. More specifically, the topic addressed was how a driver can earn a playoff berth while having played so very little of a season. The rules surrounding what makes a driver eligible are certainly one of the things that need to be …

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Trevor Bayne, Jennifer Jo Cobb Among Penalized Teams After Dover

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Trevor Bayne and Jennifer Jo Cobb were among five drivers among all three national NASCAR series to be penalized for infractions at Dover International Speedway last week. Both drivers were expected to be penalized on Wednesday for failing to stay within their vehicles after crashing out during competition at the Monster Mile. The behavioral infractions …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) It’s one thing to be fast for most of the race, but it’s quite another to be the fastest at the end of a race. Figuring out just how to work the end game of a race can be pretty tricky. But that’s what championship teams do, and the No. 48 team got …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part I

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Since I’ve been away for a while, there’s a whole lot of writing to do on how each Sprint Cup driver has been performing in 2015. In this day and age of the “new” Chase, looking at the point standings to gauge a driver’s performance is often an optical illusion; once someone wins, scoring points …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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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? Talladega is a whole different animal in NASCAR, and for …

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The Big One Swallows 14 Cars Early at Talladega

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They say it’s only a matter of time until the Big One hits at Talladega Superspeedway. On lap 45 of Sunday’s GEICO 500, a small aero-loose scenario between Trevor Bayne and Kurt Busch sparked a massive accident on the backstretch, swallowing up 14 drivers. “When the [No.] 27 went around us on the top there …

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Kurt Busch Wins 2nd Pole of 2015 for Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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For the second time in three races, Kurt Busch will lead a Stewart-Haas Racing front row to the green flag for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500. With a lap of 193.847 mph, the driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet scored his second pole in four races since he returned the the track. The pole is …

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