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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Practice No. 1 at Phoenix

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On Friday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series teams took to Phoenix International Raceway’s 1-mile tri-oval for 85 minutes of practice. Unlike last week in Texas, the trend during the session was that drivers could still pump out fast laps on tires that had as many as 15 laps on them. Late in the session, Jimmie …

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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

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OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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Friday Faceoff: How Many More Wins for Jimmie Johnson?

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Jimmie Johnson will become the active win leader after Homestead-Miami Speedway (and a certain champion’s retirement) with 75.  Can Johnson surpass Jeff Gordon‘s 93 Cup wins for third all-time?  Where should we expect him to end up for a career total? Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: That will depend on how long Johnson chooses to …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 AAA Texas 500

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And then there were two… races that is. Despite the fact that there are three races in the Eliminator Round, by virtue of non-Chaser Jimmie Johnson‘s win last weekend, two drivers at most will make it to the championship race based on wins. It’s possible that three drivers could make it in on points if another non-Chaser …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Eddie Gossage Surprises Jeff Gordon With Shetland Ponies

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Morning ride with @WhelenMTRS #GoPro pic.twitter.com/BolCn2XISy — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 10, 2015 Joey Logano took his driving skills off-road on Tuesday morning. We’ll admit we wish he would turn the keys over so we can have a go. Hey @abrevak who won the game yesterday. pic.twitter.com/qGzOOQn6Ad — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) November 9, 2015 Jamie …

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The Frontstretch 5: Random Foods for Thought

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1. Quintessential… wait, WHAT? Color me confused. Brian France called Joey Logano’s move to win at Kansas, where Logano got into a hard-blocking Matt Kenseth, “quintessential NASCAR” and the fans booed.  Kenseth called Jimmie Johnson’s ultra-clean pass for the win at Texas “quintessential,” and the fans cheered. When, exactly, did that happen? And how long …

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Bowles-Eye View: Penske Potential Peters Out… Because of Personality?

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Almost three years ago, fresh off his 2012 Sprint Cup title Brad Keselowski appeared ready to vault toward superstar status. Somehow, he had fended off five-time champ Jimmie Johnson despite driving for an organization in Team Penske that left him on an island. His teammate in the No. 22, AJ Allmendinger was fired midseason after …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Back to Business – Quintessentially Speaking

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The State of the NASCAR Nation It’s been a nice couple quiet weeks for NASCAR hasn’t it? Nothing controversial has happened… oh wait… I kid because I care, or at least I used to; I’m just not sure anymore. So, in some senses, after all the amped-up debate and severe disagreements as to the punishment …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix Edition

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The NASCAR season is down to its final two races and there are still a lot of questions to be answered. One thing that cannot be questioned is that each of the last four races have been filled with their share of controversy. Don’t expect that to change next week as there are still seven …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA Texas 500

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Who’s in the headline? – Jimmie Johnson saved his best for last Sunday and spoiled Brad Keselowski‘s party as the laps wound down. Johnson led six laps during the event, including the final four to steal the win from Keselowski, who led 312 of the posted 334 laps of the event. Johnson proved, once again, …

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