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The Brawl That Brings Brian’s Chase To A Crossroads

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Brad Keselowski's 2014 tale proved that winning isn't everything, but it still matters in the end. (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

“Did you see the Texas fight? In NASCAR?” Amongst coffee stops, or milling about on the train, or in offices Monday morning, millions of people in America will take a break, get bored at work and start asking that question. Some of them will be lifelong NASCAR fans, still absorbing the ramifications of a bar-like brawl that …

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Brad Keselowski vs. Jeff Gordon: Passion Ignites Fury

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Brad Keselowski might be the next Dale Earnhardt, but then again, he might not be. However, he is raising eyebrows after sparking two major incidents over the past month. Picture it. Green-white-checkered attempt, championship on the line, a hole opens up on the track. Keselowski saw an opportunity open up with only a handful of …

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Four Burning Questions in Texas: Winless Wonders & Brad Keselowski’s Tall Order

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One down, two to go in the final Chase round before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last week in Martinsville, a non-title contender, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., upset the apple cart by stealing a win from the remaining contenders, thus putting even more pressure on the Chasers to grab a win …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Keselowski… And Johnson… And…

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There are plenty of adjectives out there that race fans love to apply to different NASCAR drivers. Usually, the more adjectives applied, the less the fan likes the driver he’s attaching them to, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. But, truth be told, some drivers are more laid-back, or more outgoing, …

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Happiness Is… Dressing Up for Halloween

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It’s that goofy time of year again.  No, not Chase time, but Halloween, which has evolved into an interesting form of departure from people’s daily lives and now seems to be as important for adults (using that term loosely) as it does for children.  And for the college-aged, it’s a whole different thing. For NASCAR, …

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Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Teams Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams comprising of more than 15 of the top drivers tested on Tuesday Oct. 28th and Wednesday in anticipation for the Ford EcoBoost 400, where the championship will be determined among four drivers. Seven of the eight drivers in the Eliminator Round of the Chase (all …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Winless Champ Not Such a Stretch After All?

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One week makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Martinsville on Sunday, while great for the morale of the team, was a case of too little too late. After being eliminated from the Chase one week prior at Talladega, Earnhardt pulled through and won the very next week at Martinsville, a …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Martinsville

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s win at Martinsville last weekend marked the first non-Chase contender to win a race in the Chase this season. After being eliminated from championship contention last weekend at Talladega, Earnhardt Jr. held off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon to claim his fourth win of the season, first at Martinsville and 22nd overall for …

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Racing to the Point: Harvick, Keselowski Must Dig Out of Same Hole

2014 Pocono II CUP Brad KEselowski Paul Wolfe CIA

A week after miraculously crawling out with a win at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski is right back in a hole. He’s got two races at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway to win again, or he’s likely out of the championship hunt. Same story as before, different venues. But here’s where the added drama …

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Five Points to Ponder: Projecting Final Four, Junior’s Good Year & Frayed Tempers

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One: Final Four Up for Grabs Two races remain until we learn which quartet of drivers will contest for the Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Most of us, myself included, had assumed we would find out at least one of those four names at Martinsville, but for the first time in seven Chase races …

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