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5 Points to Ponder: The Re-Emergence of Chip Ganassi Racing

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ONE: Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing has gone through both spurts of ultra-competitive greatness and the lulls of being a field filler. However, the organization as a whole has almost never looked better. We’ve all heard plenty about Kyle Larson and the wondrous start he is off to in 2017. Larson came into this …

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Up to Speed: Can Chip Ganassi Racing Sustain its Speed?

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After three consecutive second-place finishes, Kyle Larson is a winner in 2017.  Larson’s victory at Auto Club Speedway, the second of his career, virtually guarantees him a spot in the playoffs and allows the No. 42 team to extend their championship lead. The four straight top-two finishes are a sign that Larson is poised for a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas

NASCAR headed west this weekend for a little viva Las Vegas. It’s no secret that any title fight worth the price of admission can be found in the neon glow of the Nevada desert. Martin Truex Jr. took on all challengers and delivered a knockout blow; he’s the first to win all three stages in …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Another NASCAR Driver Turned A+ Analyst On FOX?

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This past weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series were at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 700 miles of action.  It was an interesting time. Before we get started, it appears that FOX Sports 1 has begun to shift NASCAR Race Hub to 7 p.m. on weeknights as opposed to the 6 p.m. …

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Chase Elliott Wins First Daytona Can-Am Duel

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Pole-sitter Chase Elliott ended the first Duel the same way: with the rest of the field chasing him. After starting up front in the opening Can-Am Duel 150-mile race Thursday evening, Elliott wound up in Victory Lane, scoring 10 regular season points. It’s the first time NASCAR’s Daytona qualifiers have counted toward the standings since 1971. …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Jamie McMurray

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For the first 11 years of the chase era, Jamie McMurray was the bridesmaid. McMurray simply could not make the chase. No matter how many openings there were. No matter how often he won or didn’t win. Jamie Mac was always on the outside looking in. He missed the chase in almost every conceivable fashion. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sudden Shift Hands Johnson Record-Tying Title

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Who’s in the headline – The elite level of NASCAR has increased by 50%. There are many gauges to judge the greats but championships are a huge differentiator. Jimmie Johnson took advantage of circumstances that fell his way, led the final three laps, and notched his seventh career title. Johnson shares the headline with Tony …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Trick or Treat Edition

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The first race in the third round of the Chase was a bit of a treat for some drivers and teams and maybe a bit of trick for others trying to become one of the four drivers to compete for the title in Homestead later this month. And of course, one of those drivers is …

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Jamie McMurray Paces 2nd Martinsville Practice

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He may not own a Grandfather Clock, but Jamie McMurray is looking strong at Martinsivlle Speedway. One of the first drivers out onto the relatively cool 0.526-mile oval, McMurray clocked in a lap of 19.566 seconds (96.780 mph).  That was enough for McMurray to lead the way in second practice on Saturday, beating Joey Logano …

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Tech Talk: Matt McCall on Martinsville Strategy, Tires & Brake Cooling

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Having been eliminated from Chase contention, the sole focus of the No. 1 team of Jamie McMurray is to win a race before the end of the 2016 season. McMurray has won two poles at the half-mile track in southern Virginia, and his average finish there is among his best on the circuit. His crew chief …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Kansas Clutch Edition

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When you think about how a clutch works for a vehicle, when a driver pushes it down, while at the same time shifting gears and accelerating, most of the time it means it’s go time. That’s the case at this point in the season for the Sprint Cup Series. It’s go time and the teams …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Chase Elimination Edition

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Sunday’s Sprint Cup contest at Dover served as the first Chase elimination inside NASCAR’s ten-race playoff. That means we had to say goodbye to four of the 16 drivers who, just a few short weeks ago believed they were the favorites to hold up the championship trophy in Homestead. As the Monster Mile showed us, despite a clean race Sunday holding on to a spot …

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