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Friday Faceoff: Frontrunners, Backmarkers, and a Seat to Fill

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! Brad Keselowski …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Grand Jury or Grandstanding?

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The news we have all been waiting for finally broke on Wednesday in regards to the Tony Stewart / Kevin Ward, Jr. story. With the investigation complete, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has decided to present the case to a grand jury, despite the fact that those handling the investigation had previously said that they saw …

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Five Points to Ponder: Echoes of 2012, Logano’s Luck & Loudon Pt. 2

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ONE: ECHOES OF 2012 What a win that was for Brad Keselowski with a pass – if not quite for the ages, then certainly for highlight reels for 2014 — to take what ultimately proved to be a decisive lead albeit with one more restart at the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Keselowski, it should …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

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When you think of Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage on TV broadcasts, what do you think of? Coverage of the playoffs, sure, but how about the other 27 drivers racing for something other than the title? Surely you expect some coverage thrown their way, right? If the first race of the Chase, held last …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a chance for 16 of the best drivers to start anew, but with only 10 races, divided into four segments, those drivers have very little time to make an impression and even less room for error before eliminations are made. It’s a fragile state that promises to …

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Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

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This new elimination-style playoff format has many people believing that some of the Chase underdogs have a chance at the title as along as they keep their noses clean and survive each round. I want to dispel that rumor right now. The cream is still going to rise to the top, as it always does. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

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With 26 races in the books there exist two distinct groups of drivers: those who qualified for the Chase and the many, many more who will have to wait until next year to lay stake over one of 16 playoff spots. The line was left anything but blurred after the regular season finale at Richmond …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Richmond – The Chase is Set, Brad Keselowski Dominates and a Drunk on a Fence

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Key Moment – In a race where the winner leads 383 laps, including the final 274 in a row, there really aren’t any key moments in the race. Based on the practice sheets the key moment came between the first practice and the final practice. Brad Keselowski was 14th fastest in 10 lap average in …

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Aric Almirola to Return to Nationwide Series with Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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On the heels of clinching his first Chase berth and first career Sprint Cup Series win at Daytona in July, Aric Almirola hopes some double duty when the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins at Chicagoland Speedway next weekend is the edge needed to propel his No. 43 car to the second round of the …

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