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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing established their dominance early in the weekend and threw down the gauntlet in qualifying by putting their cars first through third, and all four in the top six. When the race started, Matt Kenseth took advantage of his 16th career pole and a very strong car to race off …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan Edition

Clint Bowyer leads a pack of cars in the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International

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That we got a fuel-mileage race at a road course was not surprising. That it helped add to the drama was a good thing though as we didn’t have quite the level of bumping and banging that normally goes on during the Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen. With wins meaning so much in the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono-Watkins Glen Edition

Matt Kenseth poses with the Windows 10 400 winner's trophy in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway

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It was quite the interesting day at Pocono Raceway. It’s billed as an oval race, but the strategy used there is something more similar to a road-course race. Of course, Pocono is unique because it is shaped like a triangle. The track calls itself the Tricky Triangle, and there were plenty of tricks up its …

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Up To Speed: New Rules Package A Huge Success… But Still Work To Do

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Life is all about little miracles and happy little surprises. Running into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, getting all green lights on the morning commute… …or an exciting race in an event full of unknowns and uncertainty. As the Sprint Cup Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway last week, everyone knew this …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

NASCAR Sprint Cup cars race at KEntucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400.

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On a night where a lack of pre-race practice with …

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Cargill Beef Returns to Sponsor Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Sponsorship and driver recognition has always been part of NASCAR. When fans think of Jeff Gordon, longtime sponsorship Dupont immediately comes to mind. Dale Earnhardt was known as the “Man in Black” due to his longtime association with GM Goodwrench, which featured a black scheme. While those relationships are few and far between nowadays there …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Needs a Crisis Management Plan

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Michigan International Speedway may be Chevrolet’s backyard but it was once more commonly known as, “Jack Roush’s House.” Unfortunately for he and the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization, it appears someone locked the front door and took away the keys from Ford’s former racing giant. Going into this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series festivities blue-oval fans were …

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NASCAR 101: With 13 Down, Who Can Win with 13 to Go?

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Joey Logano. Jimmie Johnson. Kevin Harvick. Carl Edwards. Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kurt Busch. Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin. With 13 races run in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, these are the drivers who have punched a ticket to the Chase when it begins come September. A blistering pace when it comes to …

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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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