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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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Earning Respect at Forefront for Incoming Sprint Cup Rookies

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Zach Catanzareti

As the clock ticks on one’s NASCAR career, respect can come naturally, with both fans and media truly understanding what you sacrificed and what you contributed throughout your Sunoco-fueled career. With legends like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon, respect came hand-in-hand with popularity as they led the sport from one generation to the …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Trevor Bayne

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(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

2011 never seemed so long ago. Back then, Tony Stewart was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Jeff Burton and Mark Martin were still active drivers. Trevor Bayne – a rookie! – was the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, bringing the Wood Brothers’ famed No. 21 back to Victory Lane for the first time in a …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Mid-Race Rules Swap and Red-Hot Logano

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

ONE: Joey Logano Sweeps the Contender Round Heading into the Chase, it was clear only one driver stood a real chance at stealing a title away from red-hot Joe Gibbs Racing: Joey Logano. The Team Penske driver won two of the final five races during the regular season and slotted in fourth when the Chase …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

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Who’s in the headline – There are a few headlines coming out of Talladega, but the top story is Joey Logano sweeping the entire second round of the Chase. Logano led the race twice for 20 laps and survived an unsuccessful green-white-checkered start and then a very short run after a restart before the caution …

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Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart Among 6 Hit with Post-Dover Penalties, Warnings

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NASCAR warned six Sprint Cup teams on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Dover race weekend, including the Chase-contending teams of Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Busch’s No. 41 team was posted for rear bumper tubing found during pre-race inspection. The No. 14 team of Busch’s teammate and owner Tony Stewart was warned for …

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Friday Faceoff: Tony Stewart’s Final Season

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Two of the heavy Sprint Cup title favorites, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, are in danger of falling out of contention after Dover.  Is this harmful to the sport and/or the current Chase format? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: If the television ratings are to be believed, not really sure what could make things any worse. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Chase Edition

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(CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

So here we are heading into the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland on Sunday and the good news is that going in, there is may be not one clear cut favorite. If this had been done by the old pre-Chase points system, Kevin Harvick would pretty much have things wrapped up with 10 …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Disappoints by Missing the Chase

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Early in the season the big concern was how well Joe Gibbs Racing had turned things around from 2014 and whether it was enough to be a factor in the 2015 Chase for the Championship. As the season played out, it became very clear the JGR was a powerhouse, but the same could not be …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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