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4 Burning Questions: Will Tony Stewart’s Chase End in Dover?

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Will Tony Stewart’s Chase End in Dover? Tony Stewart has been a tough driver to put an expectation sticker on in regards to this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. He’s like that piece of laundry you don’t know whether is a dark or a light. Where do you put it? Sitting 11 points below …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road 300

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s never easy to drive in a fill-in role.  Four-time champion Jeff Gordon can attest to that after a stint filling in for former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  With the Chase underway, teams outside the championship picture rarely get much airtime. But over the last couple …

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Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle Hit with P3 Penalties for Lugnuts

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NASCAR’s weekly penalty report was delayed on Wednesday (Sept. 21) after the decision to hold an impromptu teleconference with less than a half- hour’s notice to announce changes to post-race inspection penalties.  Despite that, there were still a number of teams to be penalized. Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle‘s cars were found to have loose …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Future of Hendrick Motorsports Continues to be Uncertain

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Jimmie Johnson soared to the lead at Chicagoland Speedway this past Sunday, showcasing speed that hasn’t been present with the No. 48 car in nearly a year. While some speculate that Johnson has lost his magic touch with the new Chase format, he was bringing his Hendrick Motorsports car to the front of the pack …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex, Jr. Overcomes Adversity With Late Charge to Win at Chicagoland

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  Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex, Jr. overcame a tire issue under green flag conditions to put himself in position to make a run at the race win. A late-race caution and a strong pit stop resulted in Truex restarting outside the second row. An aggressive move to the outside allowed him to …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Miss Remainder of 2016 Season

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who has been week-to-week with a concussion, will sit out the remainder of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has been out since July, when it was made known he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after a wreck at Michigan International Speedway. Since then, Earnhardt has missed six Sprint …

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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. Still in the Top 25 Despite Long Absence

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Did you notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still within the top 25 in points even though he has only run 18 of 24 races? He currently sits 22nd in the standings, ahead of 11 drivers who have made every race this season. Peers he’s currently beating? Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer, all …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Miss Michigan, Darlington

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He’s going to be away from the track for another few weeks. Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release on Wednesday that doctors have not yet cleared Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to return to racing action in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That mean Alex Bowman, who previously filled in for Earnhardt in his first missed …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Rookies & Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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As the last Sprint Cup off week has come and gone, everything remains the same in the top division. A few rookies are on the cusp of winning, as well as making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The one and only rookie to make the Chase was Denny Hamlin, one decade ago. This rookie …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Better Racing Leading to Higher Fan Engagement

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One race past the halfway mark of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the overall reception of competition has been quite positive. With closer competition and fewer negatives about the quality of the product, fans have been quite impressed with the majority of races in 2016. While the on-track product is still not where drivers …

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