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5 Points to Ponder: Winning, Sinking & the Best Track in NASCAR?

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Last season 13 drivers carried a win into the Chase with the three final places of the 16-driver field being filled by the three highest points finishers: Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman. So despite all the talk last year of checkers or wreckers and win or bust, places in …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Burnouts, yes, Kevin Harvick knows all about burnouts lately. He’s had plenty of practice, winning the last two races, and looking back to last year, he’s won four of the last six. If you go back a little more, he’s been first or second in each of the last seven races and he’s led an astounding …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 At Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick is starting off the 2015 season in dominating fashion – the first person since Richard Petty in 1974 to start off a season with four straight top-two finishes. Sunday’s victory was his seventh straight, dating back to 2014 and is also second only to The King all-time. Harvick …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Campingworld.com 500 at Phoenix

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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? Teams are now three weeks deep into the 2015 rules …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Early Struggles Don’t Bode Well for Several Top Drivers

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With four races in the books for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, there is already bubbling criticism about some teams going into crisis mode – take Tony Stewart for example. But other top drivers are not immune to poor finishes. Stewart is currently in 36th position, and while reporters aren’t supposed to have a favorite …

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Friday Faceoff: Dissecting Stewart, A Path Forward For Kurt And Chase Waivers

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1) We’ve seen multiple instances this season of NASCAR granting “Chase waivers” for drivers who have missed races for both medical and off-track reasons. But where should the line on those waivers be drawn? How many races should a driver be allowed to miss before they’re permanently considered Chase ineligible? Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Keep it …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Vegas, Inspection and Who will win the West?

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With three races down in the 2015 season (two if you’re only counting the new rules package), it’s clear to see this year has picked up pretty much right where 2014 left off. Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Chevrolet is as fast as he was when he took the title  in Homestead at the …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s “Status Quo”

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Did You Notice? … Three of the top 5 drivers in laps led this season are from Hendrick Motorsports? So far this season, as NASCAR evaluates its new rules package, it’s been a case of “status quo” near the top of the leaderboard. A quick look at the top 5 in laps led… Kevin Harvick …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Phoenix Edition

Burnouts (Hot) So just how hot are Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team right now? To quote an old song from a performer named RedCloud, “It’s hot, real hot. How hot? 102, the devil wouldn’t want to stand next you.” And right now in the NASCAR Sprint Cup world, everyone is standing in line …

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Did You Notice? … The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Did You Notice? … Two races into 2014, Kevin Harvick is the only Stewart-Haas Racing car with either a top-5 or top-10 finish? SHR’s struggle has been notable as Tony Stewart was off the pace at Atlanta, uncompetitive long before getting caught up in a mid-race accident. Regan Smith has run admirably, keeping the No. 41 …

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