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Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Consistency can be a cruel mistress. On the one hand, you have Mark Martin, nicknamed Mr. Consistency for his steady performance over a healthy 25+-year career. Martin wasn’t always the winner, but he was near the top constantly, gaining the respect of fans, drivers and owners for simply being there at the finish almost all …

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Justin Marks To Drive For Turner Scott Motorsports In Two Races

Turner Scott Motorsports announced Monday that former Camping World Truck Series racer Justin Marks will drive their No. 31 Chevrolet in the road races at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  As both races are standalone events, regular driver Dylan Kwasniewski will move over to the No. 42 in order to replace regular driver Kyle Larson, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson on the Tricky Triangle, 2014 Aspirations and Home Ownership

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Kyle Larson is having an outstanding rookie season. Photo: CIA Editorial Photography

Kyle Larson has been turning heads as a Sprint Cup Series rookie this year, nearly taking the win at Fontana earlier this season while remaining solidly in Chase contention. Larson meet with Frontstretch.com’s Tony Lumbis at Pocono Raceway, where the rookie won the ARCA 200 and brought home a fifth place finish in Sunday’s Pocono …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

Kyle Larson continued to show that he’s not only a threat for Rookie of the Year honors, but also for winning. Larson got the top starting spot by virtue of his practice speed after qualifying was rained out, part of showing speed and prowess all weekend long. Unfortunately for Larson, he got tagged by Bowyer on the first lap of the race which dropped him to the rear of the field. Larson was able to recover somewhat to finish 16th, still good for Rookie of the Race honors, but clearly lacked the confidence and speed to get back to the front after that moment.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Duck Commander 500 at Texas

On a weekend when, once again, rain changed the game, in the end, the real game changer was Kurt Busch’s blown tire just before the white flag. At first, many questioned the caution as it appeared that Busch had gotten his slowing car onto the apron, but television replays showed that the left rear tire on the No. 41 came apart, shredding the car’s quarterpanel. Debris quickly spewed all over the asphalt, and some made its way onto the racing surface. The caution was a good call, and it set up a green-white-checkered run that a year or two ago would have been much different.

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2014 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

Key Moment – When five drivers lost tires between laps 193 and 197, a caution finally came out. All of the lead lap cars except for Landon Cassill hit pit lane. Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard took two tires, moving to the front while the remainder of lead-lap cars took four. In the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

It may not have affected everyone, but Denny Hamlin’s sinus infection certainly impacted the No. 11 team, who had to make a driver change at the 11th hour as Hamlin was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Sam Hornish Jr. was already on hand for Matt Kenseth, whose wife Katie is due to give birth to the couple’s third child, but wound up in Hamlin’s seat instead after doctors advised the driver to sit the race out. His vision was getting affected, to the point he failed a “follow the finger” test and was actually losing sight in one eye.

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2013 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas

Editor’s Note: Mike Neff is writing Matt’s column this week. The Key Moment – On the penultimate caution of the race, Matt Kenseth took fuel only while Kasey Kahne, who appeared to have the dominant car, took two tires and had to check up exiting his pit box. As a result, Kahne restarted sixth, had …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2013 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

On lap 16, Tony Stewart attempted to change lanes and make a move on race leader Matt Kenseth. While he wasn’t cleared by his spotter, Stewart chose to shift down low which resulted in his left rear corner making contact with the right front of Marcos Ambrose. Stewart’s car got out of shape, made contact with the apron and sent a shower of sparks over several cars that were pursuing him. Jimmie Johnson checked up in the high line, which caused Denny Hamlin to make contact with the five-time champ, turning him down in front of the oncoming pack and ultimately taking out one-third of the field. The accident eliminated defending champion Kyle Busch, two-time Unlimited champion Jeff Gordon, 2006 winner Denny Hamlin and 1999 winner Mark Martin. Just like that, the field was reduced by one-third, many contenders sat idle in the garage and the drafting – along with the racing – became a shell of its former self.

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