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Kyle Busch Powers to 2nd Brickyard 400 Win

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Photo: Zach Catanzareti

The yard of bricks is going to start charging Kyle Busch rent. Starting from pole in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch led a record-breaking 149 of 170 laps to win at IMS for the second straight year and fourth straight time in NASCAR’s top-two divisions. “We made a lot of changes to …

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Tony Stewart Continuing Summer Surge, Qualifies 3rd at IMS

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Photo: Zach Catanzareti

Who would’ve thought Tony Stewart – also known as the Indiana boy of NASCAR – would spend his final Brickyard 400 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the shadow of another story. With Jeff Gordon subbing for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the spotlight has seemed to turn away from Stewart, as he also competes in his …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Indianapolis Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, July 24th for the Combat Wounded Coalition 400. This Sunday, one of the greatest of all time returns to the world’s most famous racetrack. Jeff Gordon returns to action as he fills in for Dale Earnhardt Jr for the next two races. Junior is …

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Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

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The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Familiar NASCAR Faces Power Up

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

ONE: Gordon Returns? Just in case you’ve been living under a rock — at least in a NASCAR context — Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sat out of the New Hampshire race weekend due to concussion-related symptoms from crashes at Kentucky and Daytona. Alex Bowman, who drives the JR Motorsports No. 88 car on a partial schedule in …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Indianapolis Edition

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A big part of what happened at New Hampshire during the Sprint Cup race on Sunday had to do with location. Yes, location, location, location. Mainly, if you were on the top lane on a restart that was a good location. If you got stuck on the bottom, not so much. HOT One driver who …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Matt Kenseth New Hampshire Win Tainted By Failed Inspection?

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Who’s in the headline: The old adage of only having to lead one lap seems to be the way Matt Kenseth does business. It rang true again this weekend as Kenseth started 18th and took over 250 laps to get to the point. Once there, he endured three restarts over the final 31 circuits and strolled to victory in a …

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Smoke Rises Into Championship Contender

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After his runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s time to admit it. Tony Stewart is turning into a legitimate championship contender. After completing the last three seasons with equal parts mediocre runs and missed races for a litany of circumstances – all sad or tragic – the 45-year-old appears to have regained his confidence …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 New Hampshire 301

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The first excuse for Tony Stewart’s renewed strength was NASCAR manipulation. The next excuse was, “Oh, it was just because of fuel mileage.” Now, for the third time in four weeks, this 45-year-old finished inside the top 5 and there are no excuses left. Is Smoke the driver he was 10 years …

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Matt Kenseth Cashes in Late at New Hampshire

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Starting from 18th position, Matt Kenseth went forward from the drop of the green flag, racing his way into the top 10. It wasn’t until 44 laps to go that the No. 20 car took the lead, never looking back. There were a series of cautions toward the end of the 301-mile race, that juggled the running …

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