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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Looking Back at the First 24 Races of 2015 for Off-Week No. 3

Joey Logano leads a pack of cars at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Who’s in the headline – There are drivers with more wins but no one has more points than Kevin Harvick. While points don’t really matter they are a telling factor for Harvick. The driver of the No. 4 is having one of the best seasons in the history of the sport. Harvick has 17 top-five …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

Joey Logano Trophy Victory Lane Bristol 2015 Cup Mike Neff

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Who’s in the headline – The half mile Bristol Motor Speedway has hardly been a highlight for Joey Logano over the early years of his career. Prior to the night race in 2013, Logano had a single top-10 run in nine career starts. In the last three night races Logano has run fifth, first and first. …

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Kyle Busch Wins, Chris Buescher Comes Up Snake Eyes On Fuel/Tire Gamble in 2015 Food City 300 at Bristol

Kyle Busch Xfinity Bristol 2015 Victory Lane Trophy Mike Neff

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Chris Buescher is the point leader in the Xfinity Series. His lead over second-place Ty Dillon was 24 points coming into the race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night. Many people would have played it safe and followed a conservative pit strategy to make sure they made it to the finish. Buescher is not many …

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Off the Wall With: Justin Allgaier

2015 Pocono Cup Justin Allgaier Vertical Cia

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This week’s good sport: Sprint Cup driver Justin Allgaier What’s fun besides racing? Justin Allgaier: I’m kind of a flavor of the week kind of guy. I’ve always got some new hobby. I’d say two things. Go out on the lake and go wake surfing and then golfing. That is kind of my two getaways …

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Denny Hamlin Sweeps Poles at Bristol

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Denny Hamlin Teeth Cia

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Denny Hamlin has the feel for Bristol, at least for this weekend, when it comes to qualifying. Just two hours after securing the best starting spot for the Xfinity Series race, Hamlin went back out onto the high-banked half-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway and scored the pole for the Cup Series race. Hamlin bested his …

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Clint Bowyer, Rob Kauffman Share Information About Separation from MWR

Clint bowyer on track during practice at Martinsville Speedway

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Clint Bowyer and Rob Kauffman stopped by the media center at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday morning to discuss the decision to both part ways and to leave Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer’s comments were predominantly focused on the members of his No. 15 team and explaining his reasoning as quickly as humanly possible. In contrast, Kauffman’s …

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Tech Talk: Matt Puccia Talks Tire Wear at Bristol

Matt Puccia Martinsville 2015 Mike Neff

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The No. 16 team of Greg Biffle is heading into Bristol knowing it has to win in the next few weeks to have a chance to run for the championship, and crew chief Matt Puccia feels confident that the team is going to have something for the competition thanks to a strong car from the spring …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Team Trophy Cia

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing established their dominance early in the weekend and threw down the gauntlet in qualifying by putting their cars first through third, and all four in the top six. When the race started, Matt Kenseth took advantage of his 16th career pole and a very strong car to race off …

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Off the Wall With: John Hunter Nemechek

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driverJohn Hunter Nemechek in the garage at Phoenix International Raceway

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Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, we’ve got rising Truck Series star John Hunter Nemechek. What’s fun besides racing? John Hunter …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Aero, Fuel & Yaw

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Kurt Busch Tony Gibson Cia

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Crew chiefs make the big money because they have to make the calls that can win or lose a race on pit road. Last weekend we saw the race settled in the last quarter-mile of the event thanks to fuel strategy. As the series prepares to head to Michigan International Speedway for the second time …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Joey Logano poses with the trophy after winning the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International

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Who’s in the headline – Weekend sweeps seem to happen quite frequently these days, with some of the winning drivers from the Cup Series running the companion races that are scheduled on many race weekends. Surprisingly, this weekend featured the first time such a sweep took place at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano had never run a …

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Off the Wall With: Ward Burton

Ward Burton coaches son Jeb Burton at Martinsille Speedway

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Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the race car. This week, former Sprint Cup driver and current Sprint Cup dad Ward Burton stops by. What’s …

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