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Five Points to Ponder: Status Quo and Strong Starts

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Dillon’s Strong Start It has been a great first four races for Austin Dillon in his third full year of top-echelon competition. To date, Dillon has secured a ninth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, an 11th-place run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first top 5 of the year …

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Comers and Goers: 2016 Rule Package a Blessing for Some, Not so Much for Others

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It’s evident every time there is a new rules package that comes into NASCAR that some teams will hit on the setup immediately and others will take longer to figure it out. Heading into the 2016 season, everyone knew that with the lower downforce package, that reality was very possible. We are …

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Pace Laps: Young and Hungry Rookies, Mikhail Aleshin Impresses & K&N Pro Series Action

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Sprint Cup: Young & Hungry – We are starting to witness a pattern in the Sprint Cup Series: The young drivers are here to race. The three men in particular are Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney as each of them scored a top-10 result Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. …

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Up to Speed: Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney Impress at Phoenix

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Rookies aren’t supposed to be competing for top fives and wins with the veterans, right? At most, they should barely be running near the top 10. Eh, try again. This year’s class of “super rookies” have already begun to make their mark in NASCAR’s premier division. A mere four races …

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Photo Finish in Phoenix Conserves NASCAR’s Early Season Momentum

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For the second time in four races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series set a record for the closest finish at a track. This time, Kevin Harvick outlasted Carl Edwards at Phoenix International Raceway by the same .010-second gap that separated Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. in the season-opening Daytona …

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