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Kurt Busch Earns Pole for 2015 Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono

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For the third time this season, Kurt Busch will lead the field to the green flag. The No. 41 car set the fastest time in qualifying at 50.676 seconds (177.599 mph) at Pocono Raceway for the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners 400.’ Edging out Coca-Cola 600 winner Carl Edwards, Busch is looking for his first win since …

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Martin Truex Jr. On Top of NASCAR Stats – Except the One that Counts

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Last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was the 13th of the 2015 season, marking the official halfway point to the start of Chase for the Championship. There have been nine different winners so far in the first 13 races, including now four-time victor Jimmie Johnson, who scored the win at …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Chasing the Blue Away

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All right gentle readers, huddle up. Today we’re going to talk about an unpleasant topic and one that will incite fear or loathing for many of you. But sometimes you just have to talk about awkward things. You need to have that chat with a potential new partner about your past intimate contacts, even if …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part III

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So you might remember a few weeks ago when I graded the Sprint Cup full-timers through Driver Report Cards… and promptly stopped at the letter K. No, I don’t have a weird idea of what the alphabet should be, nor am I protesting the use of the letters L through Z. The third part just …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) It’s one thing to be fast for most of the race, but it’s quite another to be the fastest at the end of a race. Figuring out just how to work the end game of a race can be pretty tricky. But that’s what championship teams do, and the No. 48 team got …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Drivers Don’t Have to Win to Make the Championship

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It’s sad, but before I even write the words for this week’s column I can already hear the screaming, gnashing of teeth and insults that will follow by the naysayers and contrarians who think they are smarter than the people running the sport. So, with that out of the way, let’s look at the No. …

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Martin Truex Jr. Still Left Searching for a Win After Dominant Run at Dover

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As a child, a New Jersey native dreamed of racing on the high banks at Dover International Speedway. Nearly a decade after that man’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, he is still searching for another triumph at his hometown track in the sport’s top-tier division. Martin Truex Jr. has been on a hot streak …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – There is domination, and then there is total domination. There have only been four drivers in the history of the sport who won 10 or more races at a single track. After Sunday that number increased by one as Jimmie Johnson rode to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway for the …

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Jimmie Johnson Extends Record with 10th Dover Victory in 2015 FedEx 400

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Jimmie Johnson may not have had the quickest car in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, a rarity based on his past success here. Instead? He proved to be the smartest, staying out during a final pit stop with 25 laps to go and out-dueling Kevin Harvick to emerge a rare “unlikely” winner at …

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Denny Hamlin Wins 2015 FedEx 400 Pole at Dover

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After a great two weeks in Charlotte, sweeping both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 Joe Gibbs Racing just keeps on rolling. Their driver Denny Hamlin, piloting the No. 11 car, won the pole Friday for Sunday’s Cup race at Dover, clocking a time of 22.483 seconds (160.121 mph). Hamlin, one week removed from …

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