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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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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? After a tire issue, getting caught on pit road when …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

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Can Jimmie Johnson help Tyler Clary achieve his goals of becoming a racecar driver?

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

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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? It would be easy to give this week’s pat on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

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Key Moment – On lap 150, caution period pit stops took place for the last time. Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray stayed out. They would pit with 35 or so laps to go and run the remainder of the laps to the finish. That strategy paid off in top …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

One thing about the Coca-Cola 600 is that either the cream rises to the top and the top finishers are exactly who you’d expect them to be, or it comes down to fuel strategy and there are some unexpected numbers on the pylon. Sunday’s race was one of the former, and the nine drivers who finished on the lead lap were no surprise. But one driver and his team tried a strategy play, staying out on the final caution of the night. If there had been one more yellow flag in the race, it would have netted Landon Cassill a top-10 finish. For Cassill, who has struggled with newcomer BK Racing to earn a Top-35 points position, a top 10 would have been huge.

Bubble Breakdown: Who’s In & Who’s Out of Top 35 Entering Uncertain 2010 Offseason

Last week at Phoenix, disaster struck TRG Motorsports when a blown right-front tire sent Brendan Gaughan’s fully-funded No. 71 hard into the turn one SAFER barrier, resulting in the team’s first last-place finish of 2010. 101 points out of the Top 35 heading into the 312-lap race, the No. 38 team and driver Travis Kvapil …

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Bubble Breakdown: Brendan Gaughan’s Bad Day Gives a “Front Row” Opportunity for Underdogs

The first car to fall out of Phoenix, however, was TRG Motorsports’ No. 71, derailing Brendan Gaughan’s first Cup race since (as a YouTube viewer corrected) the Truck Series veteran drove in relief of Mike Bliss at the 2005 Pocono 500.

Beyond the Cockpit: Travis Kvapil on Addition by Subtraction at Front Row

Travis Kvapil‘s full-time return to the Cup Series in 2010 hasn’t been as successful as he would have liked. No top-15 finishes in 32 starts showcase the type of limited resources he’s working with, Front Row Motorsports’ underdog organization simply hoping to finish every race inside the top 20. But as he tells our Bryan …

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