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5 Points to Ponder: And Then There Were 4

2015 Martinsville Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Trophy Cia

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ONE: The Retiring Legend Only NASCAR could have a six-hour rain delay in the desert. Come to California please, NASCAR; we need some rain. I am also wondering if the precipitation was anything to do with the track being renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the day? Either that or it was me boldly and confidently …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Back to Business – Quintessentially Speaking

Logano, Joey #22 2015 Aaa Texas 500 Texas

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The State of the NASCAR Nation It’s been a nice couple quiet weeks for NASCAR hasn’t it? Nothing controversial has happened… oh wait… I kid because I care, or at least I used to; I’m just not sure anymore. So, in some senses, after all the amped-up debate and severe disagreements as to the punishment …

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Context, Consistency & Dangerous Precedents

2014 Atlanta Nscs Joey Logano Danica Patrick Cars Credit Getty Images

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Context can be a dangerous word but it is a word that is quintessentially appropriate to the asinine punishment meted out to Matt Kenseth by the powers that be. From all points across the NASCAR diaspora, the instantaneous reaction to Kenseth’s punishment after his wreck with Joey Logano last weekend was one of shock and …

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5 Points to Ponder: The 500 Most Dangerous Miles in NASCAR

2015 Talladega I Cup Pack Racing Iii Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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ONE: Talladega looms large We’re all set up for a nail biting, edge of your seat type Sunday afternoon on the treacherous high banks of Talladega Superspeedway. Rightly or wrongly, and there are many that think the latter, the final eight drivers in the Chase will be decided by 500 miles of inches apart racing at 200 …

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5 Points to Ponder: Ryan Blaney’s Big Day Balanced By Matt Kenseth’s Nightmare

2015 Ryan Blaney Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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ONE: The Importance of Kansas This Sunday afternoon, for the second time of asking in 2015, we head to Kansas Speedway for race number five in the 10-race playoff sequence. The race will also double as number two of three in the second of four segments (which sounds more like a math problem than a …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Worst Kind of Milestone and Missed Opportunities

2015 Dover Ii Cup Jamie Mcmurray Car Cia

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ONE: Missed opportunities When the champion driver hoists the wavy silver trophy above his head and the glitter cannon goes crazy at the conclusion to the Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway; if that wheelman is Kevin Harvick, the other three protagonists in the final four will rue the race at Dover International Speedway this …

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5 Points to Ponder: Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and NASCAR’s Road To Recovery

2015 Loudon Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Casey Mears Laughing Cia

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ONE: Can Harvick recover? For the longest time on Sunday it looked as if Kevin Harvick was going to wheel his Ditech Chevrolet right to Victory Lane and straight into the next round of the Chase. That was until disaster struck with three laps to go, when his car sputtered and ran out of gas. …

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5 Points to Ponder: When Push Comes to Shove

A pack of NASCAR Sprint Cup racecars during the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

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ONE: Mercury Rising… Harvick vs. Johnson The 2014 iteration of the Chase had a number of SportsCenter-worthy moments – many of which didn’t actually occur on the track. And perhaps unsurprisingly the 2015 version of the playoffs has already got its first off-track moment following the post-race contretemps between Jimmie Johnson and “not happy at …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Bracketology

2015 Richmond Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Oack Racing Cia

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The Chase: Are you in or are you out? So here we go again. It’s the 12th year of the playoffs. Are you in or out? The reason I ask that so specifically is that the majority of commenters on this column this year – and in years past- state their huge dislike for the …

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5 Points To Ponder: Is Jamie McMurray This Year’s Ryan Newman?

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Jamie Mcmurray Cia

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Is Jamie McMurray This Year’s Ryan Newman? Jamie McMurray just has to take the green flag at Richmond International Raceway next Saturday night to lock himself into the Chase via points. The amiable 14-year veteran of some 463 races has won some of the biggest races in the sport – the Daytona 500 and the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Richmond Drama Again For Michael Waltrip Racing?

2015 Bristol Ii Cup David Ragan Crash Damage Cia

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ONE: Prayers for Justin Wilson’s family, friends, and team The penultimate race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway was shaping up to be a real classic of a 500-mile encounter with plenty of passing and riveting action. Then, on lap 179 of the scheduled 200, disaster struck. Sage Karam spun out whilst …

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5 Points to Ponder: An Emerging Austin Dillon

2015 Pocono Cwts Richard Childress Austin Dillon Cia

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ONE: Chicagoland will be the real test for JGR There’s no question it has been a wonderful stretch of racing for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, and in particular Kyle Busch. In an eight-race stretch starting at Sonoma Raceway, JGR has won a total of six events (four wins for Busch and two for …

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