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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Road America 180

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A gutsy call by crew chief Danny Stockman on fuel gave Paul Menard the opportunity he needed to drive to Victory Lane at Road America, his home track. The victory was his third Xfinity Series victory and first win on a road course. Menard was the only Cup Series/non-NXS regular in the field as the …

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Paul Menard Stretches Fuel Mileage to Win 2015 Road America 180

ELKHART LAKE, WI. - AUGUST 28: Paul Menard, driver of the #33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet, drives during NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Road America on August 28, 2015 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

(Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

On a weekend when the Sprint Cup Series drivers have no race to attend, one made the trip to Road America to race in the Xfinity Series. The trip was definitely worth it. Richard Childress Racing’s Paul Menard, driving the No. 33 car, won Saturday’s Road America 180 after having to make the final 21 …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Bristol a Good Race Despite Lack of Wrecks?

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The Bristol night race featured lots of racing, but not as much of the beating and banging that some fans expect at short tracks. Is that kind of racing necessary for a “great” short-track race, or can such a race without too many bent fenders and crumpled doors still satisfy? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: It …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Irwin Tool Night Race at Bristol

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? NASCAR is a high-pressure business, and that goes double when a driver is looking for a ride. This week, Clint Bowyer performed admirably under that pressure. Making it clear from the beginning he had a fast car, Bowyer showed he was a top-five threat. When he spun with teammate …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 UNOH 200 at Bristol

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In a Nutshell: Rain was the big story for much of the day Wednesday, delaying practice early in the day and placing some doubt on whether drivers would even be able to qualify. But the track stayed dry until late in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP; the red flag flew with just 34 laps …

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Eyes on Xfinity: An Oval Reprieve in Tennessee

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August is a peculiar month for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Typically known for companion races with the Sprint Cup Series, the NXS entered the month with three standalone events on the schedule. Primarily an oval tour, the series planned to run three road courses – the only right turns on the schedule – in the span of …

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Ryan Blaney Overcomes Early Penalty in 2015 UNOH 200 Win at Bristol

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You need a little luck and perfect timing to overcome a penalty and eke out a win at Bristol Motor Speedway. On a wet Wednesday night, Ryan Blaney had both. Blaney took a victory in the UNOH 200 at BMS Wednesday, overcoming a penalty early in the race and retaking the lead on a green-white-checkered finish to …

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Kyle Busch Claims 2015 UNOH 200 Pole at Bristol

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Mother Nature has reared her ugly head many times this season, but on Wednesday she surrendered early enough that the Camping World Truck Series was able to qualify for their mid-week race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole with a 125.683 mph lap, his first of the season. He will be looking …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

Matt Kenseth poses with the trophy after winning the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Starting from the back after an engine change, Austin Dillon and his No. 3 team knew they had to try something to gain track position, so they went with a pit strategy that put Dillon off-sequence from the rest of the field but gained him the track position …

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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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