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Fantasy Insider: Rolling The Dice At The Chase Halfway Point

It was back in mid-May when Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a race this season and there were whispers about what was wrong with the No. 48 team. Maybe the relationship between Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t what it used to be? Maybe the No. 48 team had lost its edge after …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

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Team Penske continued their dominating performance during the Chase as Joey Logano captured his fifth win of the season, second in the Chase and locked himself into the eight driver Eliminator Round. The Penske duo of Logano and Brad Keselowski have combined to win three of the first four Chase races. Many thought Talladega would …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

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The more I think about all this elimination crap, the more I hate it. On one hand, it could be a Godsend. On the other, it could show Brian France and the top brass in Daytona that they are indeed dumber than a box of rocks. I’m praying for the latter. Of course, it’s all …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Kansas – Charlotte Edition

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The Hollywood Casino 400 had all the twists and turns of a great Hollywood script and left many of the Sprint Cup Series’ best with unfavorable odds of advancement moving forward. A Contender Round opener at Kansas Speedway did a number on the Who’s Hot and Who’s Not landscape and things are just getting started. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Breaking Down NASCAR’s Kansas Chase Race

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Key Moment – With 53 laps to go in the race Kevin Harvick thought he had a right front tire going bad. After the team swapped out all four skins on his ride it was determined that all four tires were good. The end result was Harvick slipping back into the upper 20s and having …

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Will Youth Be Served… Now?

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Two NASCAR drivers, and only two have made it through the first four Chase races unscathed. One of them has already won twice, boasts an average finish of 2.5 and has won nearly twice as many races, this season as the rest of his Cup career combined. The other, while not having won yet boasts …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Summer Bedgood has you covered 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? Though rookie Kyle Larson was incredibly impressive, nearly earning his first career NASCAR …

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Four Burning Questions – Points Resets and an Slippery Kansan Wild Card

The first round of the Chase is officially in the books, and the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now turn their attention to the Kansas Speedway, site of the first race in the second round of the Chase. Four drivers were eliminated from championship contention last week in Dover, and now with the …

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Fantasy Insider: Is Now Time to Think Outside the Fantasy Pit Box?

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As we inch closer toward the finish line in this NASCAR season and the races become more important for drivers in real life, they also become more important for your fantasy team. If you are in a tight battle to win your league, or finish in the money, then every decision by a real life …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

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The revised Chase format brought exactly what was expected to the first round of eliminations at Dover. Jeff Gordon earned his fourth win of the season, becoming the first non-Team Penske driver to win a Chase race. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick dominated the day yet again, leading a race-high 223 laps before left front suspension issues …

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