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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Who’s in the headline – After being involved in an early caution Denny Hamlin played pit strategy to get to the front of the pack and stretched his fuel to the end of a green-white-checkered finish to take his third Sprint Unlimited victory. The vast majority of cars had damage during the evening but Hamlin’s …

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Team Penske Paces Second Daytona 500 Practice

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It’s a good day to be a part of Team Penske. Teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski topped the final Daytona 500 practice of the day Saturday, with laps of 195.933 mph and 195.848, respectively. Ryan Blaney, whose Wood Brothers Racing Ford shares a technical alliance with Penske, slotted in third with a lap of …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

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Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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16 Teams Eligible to Win the Sprint Cup! Don’t You Believe It

The Chase is on!  We’ve got 16 teams who have the opportunity to snare the Sprint Cup just 10 weeks from now.  They’ve all enjoyed a certain level of success throughout the season, and now must capitalize on the swell of media and fan insanity to ride the wave all the way to Homestead-Miami.  However, …

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NASCAR 2014: It Really Isn’t Sucking–Honest!

So, the Challenger Round is over and we’re into the Contender Round.  The 12 remaining drivers are pretty much who we expected would be there.  Nothing earth shattering happened at Dover over the weekend.  (I’m sorry. Dale Jr.’s steering wheel breaking during practice does not qualify.)  And right now NASCAR Nation is looking forward to …

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Earning Respect at Forefront for Incoming Sprint Cup Rookies

As the clock ticks on one’s NASCAR career, respect can come naturally, with both fans and media truly understanding what you sacrificed and what you contributed throughout your Sunoco-fueled career. With legends like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon, respect came hand-in-hand with popularity as they led the sport from one generation to the …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Brad Keselowski

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2015 looked like it could be the year that Brad Keselowski won Roger Penske their second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title together, especially in the midst of a summer stretch that included 10 straight top 10s. But at the end, it looked like Tom trying to chase Jerry: coming so close to winning, but unable to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Debris Cautions and NASCAR’s Youth Movement

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grKyle Busch is your 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Who would have thought that would be the case after Daytona in February? I was in attendance for the Xfinity Series race in Daytona and never would have thought Busch would have battled back from that incident to win the championship. This championship has helped …

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