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5 Points To Ponder: Sprint Replacement Can’t Be Taken Lightly

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Editor’s Note: Danny Peters’ column, a Frontstretch staple returns this week and will run in its usual Tuesday slot all season. Usually titled Five Points to Ponder, this week’s season-opening one is a special edition, in a special format taking a look at the departure of title sponsor Sprint. From cigarettes to cell phones. What’s next …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Clams Up When Drivers Cry Out On NASCAR Qualifying

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I take it that you heard the rumbling sound coming out of your speakers this past weekend. That’s right; NASCAR is back, and not a moment too soon. The offseason always seems interminable. As I stated last week, 2015 will look relatively similar to 2014 here in Couch Potato Tuesday, but with some changes. For …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Sprint Unlimited 2015 Daytona 2 Mike Neff

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Who’s In The Headline – Matt Kenseth added another notch to his Daytona belt. The two-time 500 champ wrestled the lead away from Martin Truex Jr. on lap 56 and took control of NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition race, the Sprint Unlimited. Kenseth did his best rolling chicane maneuvers over the final 19 circuits of the event, successfully …

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Harvick vs Logano: The Evolution of a Rivalry

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It appears that not everything from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was left completely behind. Of course, is it ever? Last Saturday night was the unofficial start to the 2015 season in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway and, though Matt Kenseth won the race, the conversation surrounded a post-race confrontation between …

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For Team Penske, The Key Is Continuity

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While many NASCAR Sprint Cup teams are talking about changes they’ve made in the offseason during this year’s Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, Team Penske isn’t buying in. The organization, coming off a 2014 season where Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano won a combined 11 races, has a theme heading into 2015: if it ain’t …

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Happiness Is… One Still Left To Go

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Sayonara NASCAR season.  In many ways, you’ll be missed.  You’ll be missed for the weekly habit.  You’ll be missed for the ongoing drama, manufactured or not.  You’ll be missed for the weekly dose of horsepower, speed, and silliness.  You’ll be missed for the variance, because one week could be fantastic and the next a dud, …

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2014 NASCAR Fantasy Review: Booms, Busts and Future Hopes

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The just-completed NASCAR season had its usual twists and turns along with some punches thrown as well, and while those events sometimes had a significant effect on the outcome of a real race, they also likely had an effect on the outcome of how your fantasy team fared. The following is a brief overview of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: My Appeal to NASCAR – LEAVE IT ALONE!

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Holy cow! It’s only been a few days since the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and I’m still pumped up about it. I was cheering for no particular driver and yet I found my heart racing in the close laps of the race, unwilling at times to even look down …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Homestead

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Four drivers entered the season finale at Homestead with one mission: finish ahead of the other three and win the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. There was a general consensus that whoever won the championship would also have to win the race, and that proved to be the case as all four drivers were strong …

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