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Going By the Numbers: Was Sam Hornish, Jr. A No-Brainer Choice for Petty?

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You gotta give it up for Silly Season; it’s never a dull moment. Well, maybe a little dull in this case, but certainly not uninteresting. Sam Hornish, Jr. has been confirmed as the driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports starting in 2015. The Ohio native replaces Marcos Ambrose, who’s heading back …

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Going By the Numbers: Erik Jones Joins Exclusive Club with Third Win

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Erik Jones is a future star, but you already knew that. Last weekend at the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 18-year-old Kyle Busch protege scored his third win in the Camping World Truck Series. The victory was his second of 2014 and came in just his 14th start; Jones hasn’t run a …

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Going By the Numbers: Keselowski, Logano May Not Be Peaking at Right Time

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All hail Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, right? That’s how it’s seemed over the past few weeks – and perhaps rightfully so. Team Penske has been on a tear this season, the former champion Keselowski driving into Victory Lane more than any other driver in the series – including a win in the final race …

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Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

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For the fourth week in a row, there’s a new face on the entry list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. First there was Ty Dillon, younger brother of Austin, grandson of Richard Childress and competitor in the Nationwide Series, whose debut had been anticipated for months – if not years – at Atlanta Motor …

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Going By the Numbers: No Dancing Around Issue of Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sudden Decline

When millions of people turn on Dancing with the Stars this fall, many will be introduced to Michael Waltrip. Those unfamiliar with him – non-NASCAR fans, mostly – will become acquainted with the part-time driver and full-time owner, some taking a liking to him due to his ebullient, lively nature. Waltrip’s personality should translate well, …

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Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

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When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

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You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last …

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Going By the Numbers: Jeff Gordon’s 2014 Emulating His Most Prosperous

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Two wins in the last four races should more than do the talking for him. But here’s why you should be scared of Jeff Gordon if you’re not, well, Jeff Gordon. He hasn’t been this good in years. Not, in fact, since his runner-up points finish in 2007 and, before that, his absolute dominance in …

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Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

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So, here’s something I can’t quite figure out exiting Watkins Glen. Why does Marcos Ambrose suddenly have zero chance to make the Chase? Look, I get it. Ambrose is a road course specialist, one who’ll be making the rounds at NASCAR’s road courses even after he leaves the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. …

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The Tony Stewart Timeline: Follow The Latest News & Info

After a 3 a.m. ET press conference confirmed reports that Tony Stewart had struck and killed a sprint car driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a dirt track in New York state, the racing world woke up Sunday morning to a plethora of information. Some of it was new, especially for those who weren’t still awake …

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Driver Killed After Being Hit By Tony Stewart at New York Dirt Track

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Update (3:04 a.m.): Local police have confirmed that an incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, N.Y., on Saturday night (Aug. 9) involved NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. According to police in a press conference at around 3 a.m. ET – and later reiterated in a press release – Stewart made contact with a driver who …

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Going By the Numbers: Five Prospects Who Should Get Major NASCAR Looks

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Though it’s been by no means a full news week, one bit that may have fallen between the cracks for many NASCAR viewers pertained to a lesser-known driver making his NASCAR debut later this month. Justin Boston, a full-time competitor in ARCA over the last two years for Venturini Motorsports, will make the leap to …

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