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Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

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The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to …

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Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

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Chase Elliott had chances at winning the last few weeks go out the window when he ran out of fuel on more than one occasion. Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, however, the No. 9 team played the pit road strategy perfectly to put themselves out front when it mattered the most. …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Daytona Optimism is What NASCAR Needs

NASCAR is in Daytona this week, at a track where the racing is intense and close. One of the attractions of Daytona International Speedway is that we believe anyone can win. The track is the great equalizer because of the restrictor plates that reduce the airflow to the engines of the racecars, reducing horsepower to …

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Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

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The Sprint Cuppers head to Daytona for the third of four restrictor plate races Saturday night. And the one thing about these races, as you may well know, is that you don’t know with any certainty what is going to happen. Sure there are some guys who have a knack for this kind of racing, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

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Toyota has stood the Camping World Truck Series on its ear thus far in 2014, going 10 for 10 in race wins. Kyle Busch Motorsports has authored 9 of those 10 races.

All three NASCAR series hit Kentucky Speedway for a weekend under the lights. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck series broadcasts were marred by problematic winners and other issues ranging minor to major, while the big one — the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series — had its usual issues typified by TNT’s …

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Menard, Bayne Lead Nationwide Open Test Sessions

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On Wednesday, Kentucky Speedway’s bumpy track surface played host to two open test sessions for the Nationwide Series. However, with 5.5 hours of testing available before the official race weekend began, a number of teams chose to take it easy. Paul Menard, last seen in the series at Michigan, where he emerged victorious, was fastest …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Classic Racing TV Mistake… No “Pay Off”

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Ah, road course racing. For the first time in 2014, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series turned right in both California and Wisconsin. After months of oval track coverage, it was good to see some NASCAR TV showing a slightly different picture than usual. However, before we start, we must talk about some expected but …

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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

Regan Smith finished a somewhat disappointing 18th on Sunday after having a shot to wind up much higher. However, about halfway through the race he restarted on the outside of the front row next to Brad Keselowski. After racing Keselowski hard through turn 1 and the South Chute, the two had contact in turn 2. There did not appear to be any malice in what happened, but both drivers never truly recovered.

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