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Kickin’ the Tires: Was Brad Keselowski Singled-out By NASCAR?

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Whether or not Brad Keselowski was singled out by NASCAR is actually irrelevant, because there is always a difference between reality and whatever the perception of reality is. And in Keselowski’s case, he perceived that he was being picked on and penalized for jumping the restart as an example. From the beginning, this column has been accused …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Will Kevin Harvick Play Nice?

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1. WHO CAN BEAT JOE GIBBS RACING? Following the first race of the Chase, Joe Gibbs Racing is sitting pretty. The team’s four cars are sitting first through fourth in points, injured driver Denny Hamlin is through to the next round by virtue of his win at Chicagoland and they have won nine of the …

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Did You Notice? 2nd Really is the 1st Loser

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Did You Notice? Kevin Harvick’s year of “almosts” is finally catching up to him? The reigning champ’s Chase is in serious jeopardy after contact with Jimmie Johnson led to a wreck and a 42nd-place finish. The incident was clearly not Harvick’s fault; it was a case of wrong place, wrong time on a hectic restart …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Myafibrisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

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One race into the Chase and fists are already flying. The incident between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson might have been unintentional, but the results could take Harvick out of Chase contention after the first round… unless he wins within the next two weeks, of course. Then will all be forgiven? Denny Hamlin made the “spin-and-win” …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ridiculous Racing Fights

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Notice that the title of this column is “ridiculous fights,” and not actual, intense or compelling fights. These are short-lived, one-sided, wimpy, “what just happened there?” fights that make the highlight reel because because they’re ridiculous. 1. Harvick vs. Johnson, Chicago 2015 We all saw this one go down on Sunday at Chicago, and it …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? With the Chase underway, it’s hard to be a fan of a driver who didn’t make the cut because if he’s not winning a race or tangling with a Chase driver, he’s going to be largely ignored for the rest of the season. Such was the case in …

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Martin Truex Jr. Fastest in Final 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 Practice at Chicagoland

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It’s fair to say that the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team with driver Martin Truex Jr. is one of the underdogs in the 2015 Chase field. However, they showed on Saturday that no one should count them out just yet. Truex was fastest in the first practice on Saturday afternoon and was on top …

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Number Crunching: Figuring Out the Best Bets for the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

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The drivers are at Chicagoland this week, and I am returning from a long trip in the mountains of Colorado. The NASCAR points reset this week with the first race of the chase and I have decided to reset my team also. This week I will pick a whole new team for NASCAR Fantasy Live …

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4 Burning Questions: Chicagoland – The Pressure To Perform For Joe Gibbs Racing

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1. Who’s ready to step up in Round One of the Chase? We’ve been talking about it all season long, and now, it’s finally here. The 2015 Chase is upon us, and from here on out, every race has a stake in the championship. All of the Chase-eligible drivers and teams are entering this race …

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