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NASCAR 101: Who Can Join the List of Loudon Winners?

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Prior to the Sylvania 300 last fall, New Hampshire Motor Speedway produced 11 straight races with 11 different winners. It’s a streak that at the time was the longest such one in the Sprint Cup Series. The parity was great for the sport. Instead of going into the weekend largely knowing who would dominate (Jimmie …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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Kyle Busch is doing everything he can to ensure he makes the 2015 Chase. He utterly dominated the race Saturday night, leading 163 of the 267 laps and claiming his second win in the last three races, though he still sits 87 points outside of the top 30. The big story leading up to the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Edition

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There was all sorts of stuff going on this past weekend at Kentucky. First, there was the new aerodynamic package that teams were supposed to get a chance to test in the days before qualifying and the race. But that and the qualifying never happened because of rain. That left the field to be set …

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Up To Speed: New Rules Package A Huge Success… But Still Work To Do

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Life is all about little miracles and happy little surprises. Running into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, getting all green lights on the morning commute… …or an exciting race in an event full of unknowns and uncertainty. As the Sprint Cup Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway last week, everyone knew this …

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Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package Brings Better Racing

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It’s impossible for anyone with two eyes to argue that Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway was the best the sport has seen since it began racing at the track four years ago. Although some might argue better racing at Kentucky was a low bar to clear, it still baffles me how anyone can claim …

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Back in the Driver’s Hands: Top Finishers Praise Kentucky Rules Package

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NASCAR’s first race with the new, low-downforce rules package was a success, at least in the eyes of Saturday’s top finishers. Race-winner Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and other drivers took the time to comment on the low-downforce rules package issued by NASCAR for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The package, which …

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Number Crunching: Fantasy NASCAR Hits Kentucky Speedway for 2015 Quaker State 400

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Rain, rain, go away… come again some other day! That should be the motto for this week at Kentucky, part of a month marked by Mother Nature’s wrath. NASCAR has implemented a new rules package, debuting Saturday night and had scheduled an extended practice session for Wednesday to let drivers and teams get used to …

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Team Penske Drivers on New Rules Package at Kentucky: “They’re a Handful”

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After 49 minutes of practice, Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano formed their early opinions on the new, low-downforce NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package. Keselowski, the only two-time winner at Kentucky Speedway, and Logano, the Daytona 500 champion, offered their opinions on the car after a rain-shortened practice for Saturday’s Quaker State 500. The …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his team celebratein Victory Lane after the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona

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Mother Nature seems to have it out for NASCAR this season. Rain once again delayed the start of the race, but that didn’t stop the fans from enjoying the Fourth of July fireworks on and off the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. reasserted himself as the restrictor-plate king, leading 96 laps en route to his second …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

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Once NASCAR announced that Kyle Busch could compete for the championship, he had two goals once he was back in the racecar: win a race and get in the top 30 in points. He accomplished one of those Sunday, winning on the road course in Sonoma. He also moved up two positions in the standings to …

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