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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Survives Beating, Banging and Trading Paint to Win Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – Rusty Wallace won at Martinsville Speedway six times drivng for Roger Penske. He last won a grandfather clock for Penske in 2004. Since then, it had been an agonizing drought for Team Penske. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have both come very close in Southern Virginia, but failed to seal …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Fontana

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went Hollywood this weekend for its annual visit to Fontana, CA. The stars were were out and the red carpet dazzled with NASCAR’s best. But it was California’s own Kyle Larson who stole the show. Larson stuck to his script and delivered an award-winning performance. The Chip Ganassi Racing …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR Goes West, Ratings Head South

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Go west young man, haven’t you been told? California’s full of whiskey, women and gold -Toby Keith (Should’ve Been a Cowboy) It had to be tempting to a young man back in the mid-19th century. For those who worked as a longshoreman, apprentice, mucking stables or endless hours at the family store, tales of streams …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Second Chance Edition

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We saw a lot of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. up front during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at California’s Auto Club Speedway. But what we had not seen this year, and only once before, was Larson finishing up front. Larson’s second career victory put to rest a series of oh-so-close second-place finishes to …

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Kyle Larson Beats Joey Logano In Wild Fontana Shootout

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Kyle Larson emerged victorious in the Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway after a near 20 lap duel with Joey Logano ended in a wild restart. Logano was arguably the best driver in the field, coming back from pit road problems twice to lead the race. The first time was for speeding on pit …

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Joey Logano Wins XFINITY Series Pole At Fontana

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Joey Logano will start on pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. Logano ran a blistering fast lap at 39.440 seconds (182.556 mph) for the 32nd career pole and his third at the Fontana oval. Daniel Hemric had never even turned a lap at the track until Friday’s first …

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Kyle Larson Scores Auto Club 400 Pole

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Kyle Larson continued his impressive start to the 2017 season in qualifying on Friday, picking up his second career pole. The No. 42 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet posted a time of 38.493 seconds (187.047 mph) in the final round. Larson put up his fast lap late in the session by moving up to the high line. …

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Joey Logano Leads XFINITY Practice Sessions At Auto Club Speedway

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Joey Logano has been on the receiving end of plenty of misfortune to start the 2017 season. However, based on the results of XFINITY Series practice at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, it seems possible that the tide may be turning in his favor. Logano posted the fastest time in the opening round, putting down a …

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Hysteria vs. Hypocrisy: ‘Boys Have At It’ Rubs Some the Wrong Way

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Between the fisticuffs on pit road, on-track contact and post-race inspection infractions the last two weeks, the reaction by fans and media members has run the gamut from hysteria to hypocrisy. Many jeered when Kyle Busch walked up to Joey Logano and threw a phantom right cross, while others cheered as the No. 22 crew dragged …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second stop on the early season edition of “#NASCARGoesWest” this week. Phoenix International Raceway hosted the Camping World 500, the fourth race of 2017. While Lady Luck is known for hanging out in Las Vegas, it seems that Ryan Newman still had a bit of good fortune …

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