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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 AAA Texas 500

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And then there were two… races that is. Despite the fact that there are three races in the Eliminator Round, by virtue of non-Chaser Jimmie Johnson‘s win last weekend, two drivers at most will make it to the championship race based on wins. It’s possible that three drivers could make it in on points if another non-Chaser …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 after the 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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Once again, Martinsville Speedway lived up to its reputation. Short tempers? Check. Payback? Check. Lots and lots of contact? Check. Matt Kenseth – once thought to be one of the most even-tempered drivers in the garage area – wrecked Joey Logano while several laps down at Martinsville Speedway. Though he claimed it was unintentional, NASCAR …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 500 at Talladega

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Everyone sort of expected Talladega Superspeedway to shake up the standings but I don’t think anyone expected the dramatic, forced ending that occurred in the final laps of the race. Even after NASCAR announced that it would be reducing the number of green-white-checkered attempts from three to one days before the event Sunday’s ultimate ending at …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick dominated the race and dominated the headlines. He drove from a 15th-place starting spot, due to qualifying being rained out, to the lead in just 23 laps. From then on, Harvick led 355 of the final 377 laps, only losing the lead during pit stops when drivers took two …

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Did You Notice? Franchising, Justin Allgaier’s Awkward Moment and… Paul Menard?

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Did You Notice? Owners are desperate to inject some long-term financial stability into their teams? NASCAR met with the Race Team Alliance Tuesday and is working on a proposal that would introduce a type of “franchising” system assuring Sprint Cup teams both leverage and automatic qualification for the 2016 season and beyond. NASCAR spokesman Brett …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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Up To Speed: Checking the Chances of the Bottom 4 Chase Drivers

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These first two weeks of the Chase have gone by relatively quickly, and have definitely generated some surprising events. For instance, had you told me that Kevin Harvick would be 23 points out of the 12th spot and in danger of failing to advance to the next round, I wouldn’t have believed you. While I …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Edition

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Race No. 1 of the Chase is finished, but now you have to wonder if the pushing and shoving, on and off the track, is not. My guess here is an emphatic no, and I would say that’s an expected and good thing. There will be some intense moments as the races become more and …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Can a Chase Underdog Win It All?

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Martin Truex, Jr. hopes to accomplish what Ryan Newman came one position from doing in 2014. (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

As NASCAR sits on the brink of the Chase, it’s easy to pick out the favorites. They’re the ones at or near the top of the standings before the reset, the ones who have been consistently excellent all season long. When it comes right down to it, they’re the ones who probably deserve to win …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Denny Hamlin and the Chase Media Tour in… Mexico?

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That collective gasp you just heard was the sigh of relief from Jeff Gordon fans. The No. 24 team will make the Chase and contend for a fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this year, for the final time in the driver’s 24-year career. We also saw drivers Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard make it …

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