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Up to Speed: Short Track Swing Crucial for Joe Gibbs Racing After Awkward 2022 Start

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For Joe Gibbs Racing, the upcoming short track swing is the perfect opportunity to turn their season around. Through the first six races of 2022, it’s been a rough start for all four of the JGR drivers.

Up to Speed: Reserve Judgement on the New Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Nobody knew for sure what to expect at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Since its last race weekend in July 2021, the track was repaved and reconfigured, most notably with narrower, slightly steeper turns. The intended effect was to create a new style of racing at Atlanta, something that would resemble superspeedway racing more closely than the …

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Up to Speed: Chase Briscoe & the 1st-Time Winners at Phoenix

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First-time Cup Series winners are becoming a common sight in 2022. After Austin Cindric’s victory in the Daytona 500 last month, Chase Briscoe became the second driver to earn his first victory just four races into the season. Briscoe had to hold off challenges from Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick over the final 20 laps, …

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Up to Speed: Kyle Larson & Chase Elliott Tangle at Fontana

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In their first year together as teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott mostly played nice.

Two races into the 2022 season? Not so much.

With 21 laps to go during Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, both drivers had a shot at victory.

Up to Speed: Brad Keselowski & Austin Cindric Battle at Daytona

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One year ago, Brad Keselowski’s frustration was visible.

As the final laps of the Daytona 500 ticked away, Keselowski made a bold move to set himself up for a last-lap pass for the lead on his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano. But when Logano blocked Keselowski’s path forward, Keselowski got hit from behind by Michael McDowell, triggering a frightening crash that knocked out both Penske cars. McDowell went on to win the race, leaving Keselowski without a Harley J. Earl Trophy for at least one more year.