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Kyle Larson Wins Thursday Daytona 500 Practice By Beating 4 Other Cars

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So, about that final Daytona 500 practice before the Budweiser Duels…. In Thursday morning’s practice session, the fifth total for the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona for Sunday’s race, only four cars participated in total, with Kyle Larson coming out on top. Larson ran a speed of 192.70 mph to top the practice chart. He was joined …

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Did You Notice? … Odds And Ends With NASCAR Midweek

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Did You Notice? … A Toyota has never won the Daytona 500 in eight tries? In fact, the Camry make has scored just one trophy at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, taking the July 2008 race with Kyle Busch. The manufacturer is known more here for what they’ve done wrong (see: Michael Waltrip, jet fuel, a long …

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Beyond The Cockpit: JJ Yeley Talks BK Racing And Big New Opportunities

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JJ Yeley, now 38 years old, is a NASCAR survivor. Once a talented youngster, backed by the powerhouse Cup operation of Joe Gibbs Racing, he’s spent the last six years hoping to regain that rare opportunity. Jumping from team to team, within the back half of the Cup Series garage, this underdog has served as …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Field Of Four, Not 43

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I’m going to make a statement up front before I even start the critique: I hate watching championship battles. Why? The race doesn’t even matter, only the points do. That’s why I prefer final events in which the championship is decided ahead of time; that way, the races can be covered fully instead of picking …

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Going By the Numbers: Chase Elliott, Brian Scott Ramping Up Results as Season’s End Nears

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When it comes to the Nationwide Series title battle, many drivers are peaking or gaining momentum at just the right time. Don’t consider it true for everyone, but when checking out the average finishes of full-time competitors in the second-tier series over the 2014 season versus what they’ve accomplished more recently, the results are simple: …

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The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five reasons to pay …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’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? Several drivers had noteworthy nights in Atlanta, but one surprisingly …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After then 2014 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

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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? Many fans watched the race from Bristol Motor Speedway with …

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