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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

2014 Charlotte II Cup Kevin Harvick Burnout credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Kevin Harvick exorcised his demons Saturday night, winning his third race of the season, but more importantly locking himself into the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Harvick won the pole and led the most laps, as usual.  This time, however, he was able to survive a late-race caution which set up a two-lap shootout to win the …

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Temper, Temper

2014 Charlotte II Kurt Busch Brad Keselowski racing credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Talladega, five days from now was supposed to be the Chase’s wildest race, where panic over advancing in the playoffs combined with the chaos of plate racing produced either a 43-driver Demolition Derby or an eight-wide finish at the line. But as the week in NASCAR continues, it’s clear the panic that happened at Charlotte, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

2014 Charlotte II Kurt Busch Brad Keselowski racing credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a …

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Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

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ONE: THE BIG ONE As you might have heard, there’s a rather significant race next up this Sunday afternoon at big bad Talladega Superspeedway. Following the shenanigans at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday evening and the threat of the second phase of Chase elimination, I would expect this race to be even madder than the …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

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While Brian France has made great strides to make auto racing akin to stick-and-ball sports, he still has a long way to go. Brad Keselowski, however, helped narrow that gap by quite a margin with his post race meltdown last Saturday night. As has been evidenced by the sports news, especially this past year, we …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

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The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

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With one race remaining in the Contender Round, some of 2014’s biggest names still aren’t contending. Two former champions left Charlotte Motor Speedway unfulfilled and another rides the wrong side of the bubble. Next, a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway does nothing to clear up a complicated Chase picture. The six drivers inside the cutoff …

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How Charlotte Has Become the Most Important Race in the Chase

2014 Charlotte II Kurt Busch Brad Keselowski racing credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Talladega Superspeedway has always been known as a “wild card” track. Restrictor-plate tracks are known for two-, three-, and even four-wide racing at 200 mph lap after lap. It also makes for surprise winners and big wrecks that can ruin a driver’s bid for a championship. So when NASCAR announced the new 2014 Chase format …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

2014 Charlotte II Cup Kevin Harvick Burnout credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? With the spotlight on his rookie teammate and rumors surrounding …

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Kevin Harvick Wins Charlotte Race, Post Race Tempers Flare

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Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Kevin Harvick was the strongest car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. For the first time since Darlington in the Spring, Harvick was unencumbered by misfortune and came home with the win. The talk of the race didn’t focus on Harvick however. During the cool down lap, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin made contact. That …

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