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Kyle Busch, Joey Logano 1-2 in 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Qualifying at Richmond

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A Cup driver once again looks to be the one to beat in an Xfinity Series race, with Kyle Busch winning the pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250, his second pole of the season, fifth at Richmond and 44th of his career. Busch’s lap of 122.073 mph put him ahead of fellow Sprint …

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The Frontstretch 5: Reasons to Fall For the Lady In Black All Over Again

As NASCAR heads back to Darlington Raceway, finally restored to its rightful place on the Cup schedule after 12 long years without what was once the sport’s longest-running tradition, there are dozens of reasons why the odd-shaped, high-banked oval is one of NASCAR’s true treasures. Here are just a few. 1. If you don’t like …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Road-Course Racing and Its Benefits

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Turning right on some weekends is great, especially for those that love making fun of NASCAR for going left all the time. Let’s face it, it gets redundant hearing these poor schlubs complain about the sport we all love to watch. The month of August is a dream for anyone that likes to see a …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Paying the Bills?

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Nature’s Bakery, a sponsor new to the sport, signed on to sponsor Danica Patrick in 28 races next season. Is this reason for optimism about new sponsors entering the sport, or more of an isolated instance? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think sponsor shelling out the $20 million or so for a top-flight team like …

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5 Points to Ponder: An Emerging Austin Dillon

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ONE: Chicagoland will be the real test for JGR There’s no question it has been a wonderful stretch of racing for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, and in particular Kyle Busch. In an eight-race stretch starting at Sonoma Raceway, JGR has won a total of six events (four wins for Busch and two for …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: High-Drag Package Tests NBC

NASCAR Sprint Cup action during the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Michigan International Speedway brought the high-drag package into the spotlight once again. As you can imagine, such a setup really does affect how a Sprint Cup race is covered. Anyone reading this critique probably already has an opinion on how the package affected the racing. That’s great. You’re more than entitled to your opinions. What …

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Pace Laps: Using the Bumper & Short Track Excursions

Lyle larson leads a pack of cars during the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Sprint Cup Series: What A Drag – Michigan’s high-drag package was dragged down by poor reviews from the start. Drivers complained openly leading into the weekend that passing was problematic; loose conditions getting behind another driver bogged them down aerodynamically and left everyone running in place. Still, NASCAR thought the many grooves of Michigan International …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio

Regan Smith in front at Mid-Ohio in the XFINITY series

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There was nothing acceptable about Saturday’s result for Regan Smith unless he crossed the finish line ahead of everyone else. After aggressively going after Ty Dillon following a wild race at Watkins Glen, the former full-time Cup Series driver was determined to get back into Victory Lane. The sweat and tears were visible in one …

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Bump & Run: Regan Smith Wins 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio with Last-lap Pass

Regan Smith sits in his No. 7 Tax Slayer car during practice for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International

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Short-track moves on a road course? Yes, it can be done, and Regan Smith perfected it on Saturday afternoon at Mid-Ohio, scoring the victory in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 after passing Alex Tagliani on the final lap. In a race that was dominated by Tagliani and Smith, it came down to Tagliani leading at the …

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Friday Faceoff: Paving, Plates & Payback

Joey Logano, winner of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, officially starts a repaving project for Watkins Glen International

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After the race at Watkins Glen, a sold-out event, the track began a repaving project that will be complete by the 2016 season. Will the repave hurt the racing, or will fans still get a good show? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m not a fan of repaving any track if it’s not absolutely necessary, but …

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