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Pace Laps: Sleepless Nights for Sprint Cup Stars and Minor League Excitement

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Sprint Cup: A Sleepless Week for 14 Men – Kevin Harvick, with a swift, unexpected pass on Matt Kenseth for the win Sunday at New Hampshire, avoided the weight of elimination come next weekend at Dover. Along with Martin Truex, Jr., Harvick is now in rare air because when the field lines up for 400 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Elliott Sadler Wins Thrilling Chase Opener

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The inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase race at Kentucky Speedway was a war of attrition.  Although Elliott Sadler had an up and down night, he was never really out of the game.  Sadler was the one who emerged as the winner of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, taking the lead from Ryan Blaney on a late restart.  …

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Pace Laps: Hendrick’s Return and a Hot XFINITY Title Fight

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Sprint Cup: Banner Day Greets Hendrick Motorsports in Chicagoland: “Where have they been? Are they saving for the Chase? Will they even advance to the Round of 12?” All these questions following Hendrick Motorsports into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup may have been answered following the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Boosts Momentum Heading Into Chase

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Late in the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Erik Jones grabbed hold of an opportunity to win the race and never let go. After running in the top 5 for most of the event, Jones found himself dueling with Elliott Sadler for the lead with 10 laps to go.  Jones completed the pass …

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Friday Faceoff: How Far Is Too Far?

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After last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway, one thing on everyone’s mind was the on-track spat between Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman that continued in verbal sparring afterward.  Did either driver go too far with their actions or words? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I respect the passion from both drivers and I understand why Ryan Newman …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Swing for the Fences in the Windy City

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This weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has the potential to be a very unique race.  For the vast majority of drivers, points do not matter. In fact, there has arguably never been a race in XFINITY Series history where points mattered less.  Even in instances where the points leader locked up the …

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Pace Laps: Chase’s Mixed Emotions and Jones’ Frustrations

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Sprint Cup: Mixed Feelings for Chase Elliott Heading into Chase – Making the Chase in your rookie season? How can that not be a confidence boost? Well, for Chase Elliott, who has been documented as being hard on himself following near-wins this season, simply making the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship on try …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Destroys the Field at Richmond

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Another NASCAR XFINITY Series race, another victory for Kyle Busch.  His win in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 is his eighth of the season, his sixth at Richmond International Raceway, and 84th overall.  Busch led 197 of 250 laps, taking the lead after a quick pit stop put him at the front of the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Dakoda Armstrong’s Big Opportunity

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For the next two weeks, Dakoda Armstrong will have a lot more eyes on him than usual. It may be hard, generally speaking, for a professional race car driver to escape the spotlight.  Armstrong, however, has managed to do just that, piecing together a very nondescript season full of thoroughly average finishes.  Although he hovered …

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Pace Laps: Chris Buescher Gaining Momentum, Elliott Sadler’s Big Win and Camping World Chaos in Canada

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Sprint Cup: And Then There was One – Chris Buescher can officially prepare himself for one of the most stressful nights of his racing career, as he’ll attempt to race his way into the 2016 Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship next weekend. Stealing the victory last month at Pocono Raceway, Buescher backed it up …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Elliott Sadler is a Darlington Winner

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Elliott Sadler put together his best race of the 2016 season on Saturday, winning the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. The victory is Sadler’s second of the season and first ever at Darlington. Although Sadler officially made the decisive pass for the lead following a late restart, he still had …

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