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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

2014 Michigan I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Cia

Can Jimmie Johnson help Tyler Clary achieve his goals of becoming a racecar driver?

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono-Michigan Edition

In many ways, the Sprint Cup Series’ venture to the Pocono Mountains was a microcosm of the season to date.  There was a singular figure who led many a lap, multi-time champions finding ways to struggle, and frontrunners succumbing because of the not-so-alive half the alliance between man and machine.  The end result was very …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Richmond – Talladega Edition

The Sprint Cup Series lit up the night in Richmond Saturday (April 26). Four of NASCAR’s best drivers put on an unforgettable show over the final laps before the most unlikely of the bunch ran away with the win. No matter; they each continued to lay the foundations for potential playoff pushes. Fire was a …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Off Week-Richmond Edition

2014 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Bristol

Carl Edwards has quietly been leading Roush Fenway Racing back to prominence in the Cup Series this season.

Let’s get this one out of the way first: there was no NASCAR race to cover over Easter weekend. Sad, isn’t it? No worries, Hot or Not isn’t taking a break. Instead, here’s what to expect when the Sprint Cup Series returns to action at Richmond International Raceway in the coming days. Note: drivers featured in last week’s edition aren’t highlighted …

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Mirror Driving: How Fast Is Too Fast, Team Troubles, and NNS Balance

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Mondays / Bowles’ Eye View & Wednesdays / Did You Notice? …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Texas-Darlington Edition

The Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway marked the second time that the Sprint Cup Series has visited a 1.5-mile track in seven races this season. Truth be told, there were clear similarities between the results from the Lone Star State and Las Vegas. Some organizations have the 1.5-milers figured out, while others encountered …

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Mirror Driving: Rivalries, Hot Trucks, and a 48 Backslide?

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Martinsville-Texas Edition

There’s a reason that Martinsville Speedway, the only residual NASCAR charter member, has been a fixture on the Sprint Cup schedule for the last 64 years: the tiny track continues to provide exhilarating action, and Sunday’s STP 500 was no exception. Drivers took to tight door-to-door beating and banging with a grandfather clock on the line, in a race …

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Mirror Driving: Talking Tires, Hamlin’s Health, and Narrowing Numbers

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Mondays / Bowles’ Eye View & Wednesdays / …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Auto Club – Martinsville Edition

Auto Club Speedway — once a “cookie-cutter” track in every sense of the term — has developed a unique identity, becoming notorious for exciting racing as its pavement has worn. The trade-off is accelerated tire wear caused by the tar-filled seams and rough, bumpy areas that populate the two-mile oval. Goodyear’s current Fontana tire compound …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bristol-Fontana Edition

Bristol Motor Speedway presents a unique, early-season test for the Sprint Cup Series. The tightly packed, 0.533-mile bullring offers plenty of opportunities for passing, yet very little room for error. Those who kept their cars in good health were able to take advantage of NASCAR’s first scheduled short track. Of course, keeping the car in …

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