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The Big Six: Questions Answered after the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? We’ll give a call to the “new improved” Kyle Busch. Busch set the fast time in Friday’s qualifying only to have that time disallowed because of a rear toe setting being out of spec after his run. Thus Busch had to start Sunday’s race at the back of the …

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Up To Speed: Despite Long Green-Flag Runs, Lower Downforce Still Largely Positive

2016 Atlanta Motor Speedway NSCS Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Though only the second race of the season, Atlanta Motor Speedway was thought to be the initial race where we would see what the new (or at least new for 2016) low-downforce package would mean for the racing this season. After rave reviews from competitors and fans alike at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway with …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Jimmie Johnson Wins Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta

2016 Atlanta Motor Speedway NSCS Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Who’s in the headline – After the debut of the 2016 low downforce package it is Jimmie Johnson standing in victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson’s crew chief made a call to pit when the final fuel window opened. His driver stretched out an advantage over Kevin Harvick, the dominant car of the day, …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

2016 Daytona Unlimited CUP Kurt Busch car John Harrelson NKP

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UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is a Move to Ford the Right Move for Stewart-Haas?

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No one saw it coming. Shocked is the reaction that immediately came to mind as the NASCAR collective woke up on Wednesday morning to news that Stewart-Haas Racing would no longer be fielding Chevrolets, and beginning in 2017, Fords. What were team co-owners Gene Haas Tony Stewart thinking? Why would he abort a partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, …

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Stewart-Haas Racing to Field Fords Beginning in 2017

Bye-bye, bow tie. hello, blue oval. Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday that its four teams will run Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2017. SHR has spent its entire existence with General Motors since the team’s non-Stewart inception under just Gene Haas in 2002, utilizing both the Pontiac and Chevrolet brands. The team has won two …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Sets Up Daytona And 2016 Rules

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The offseason is over, what little there is, and NASCAR is back at it hot and heavy in Daytona. Throughout Speedweeks, teams have no less than eight practice sessions in addition to qualifying and the Duel events. Preparing for the biggest race of the season to start the year is a pressure-packed effort and unforeseen events …

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Team Penske Paces Second Daytona 500 Practice

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It’s a good day to be a part of Team Penske. Teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski topped the final Daytona 500 practice of the day Saturday, with laps of 195.933 mph and 195.848, respectively. Ryan Blaney, whose Wood Brothers Racing Ford shares a technical alliance with Penske, slotted in third with a lap of …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

Dale Earnhardt Jr Bank of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson Discuss Possible Indianapolis 500 Runs

Kurt Busch Bank of America 500 Charlotte 2015 Mike Neff

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By Zach Catanzareti & Joseph Wolkin Each spring, the question lingers in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IndyCar Series garages: Who, if any, will attempt the double? The double, of course, refers to the two-races-in-one-day spectacle that sees a driver run the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind., followed by the Coca-Cola …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Kurt Busch

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For a brief moment at the beginning of 2015, it appeared that the Chase for the Sprint Cup would not include the Busch family name among its ranks. Leading up to the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch, embroiled in controversy and legal woes over allegations of domestic violence by ex-wife Patricia Driscoll, was suspended by NASCAR …

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