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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Edition

2015 Dover I Cup Aric Almirola Sam Hornish Jr Racing Cia

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Burnouts (Hot) It’s one thing to be fast for most of the race, but it’s quite another to be the fastest at the end of a race. Figuring out just how to work the end game of a race can be pretty tricky. But that’s what championship teams do, and the No. 48 team got …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover Edition

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Since Sunday was such a great day for auto racing fans, I’m going to bounce around between series a bit for just this week. So here goes: Burnouts (Hot) First, you have to give kudos to Carl Edwards and crew chief Darian Grubb for their win in NASCAR’s 600-miler at Charlotte Sunday night. Grubb, knowing …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Yes, it’s true, Denny Hamlin did win the All-Star Race Saturday night, and sure, his car was good enough to stay out front, but the real heroes for Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing car were the members of the pit crew. First, the crew’s role in the unique qualifying format for this …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Kyle Busch Make the Chase & Who Will Win Iowa?

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1. Everyone’s been giving their opinion, now let’s hear yours: will Kyle Busch make the Chase? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think Kyle Busch can make the Chase; getting into the top 30 shouldn’t be an insurmountable task, though winning could prove more daunting given Joe Gibbs Racing’s recent performance. I’m not sold on that …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) You know how to tell when a NASCAR team is suddenly hot? Here’s the formula: Drop to the back of the pack due to an early-race incident. Then gradually work your way toward the front. Then, when what turns out to be the final caution comes out, instead of pitting with the other …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Edition

2015 Bristol I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

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Burnouts (Hot) It’s no surprise that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is leading this column this week. Yes, he won the race, but it was about so much more than winning for Junior. First, there was a question of whether crew chief Greg Ives might have to go home when finding out his daughter broke her arm. She …

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Friday Faceoff: Tempers, Mergers, Surprises & Waivers

2015 Bristol I Cup Martin Truex Jr Car Credit Amy Henderson

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Tony Stewart was none too pleased with Dale Earnhardt Jr. after the two tangled late in the race, leaving Stewart to settle for a 41st-place finish and his third DNF this season. Meanwhile, Earnhardt denied any responsibility for the wreck. Who was right, and will any tensions arise between the two on track later this …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega Edition

2015 Richmond I Cup Denny Hamlin Pack Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Burnouts (Hot) It should have happened a week earlier at Bristol and it seemed to be a just a matter of time before it would happen this season. But it didn’t take too long for Kurt Busch to grab his first win of the season at Richmond Sunday afternoon. It’s been literally a rags-to-riches type …

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Friday Faceoff: Bristol Surprises, Chase Elliott’s Cup Return & Steve Byrnes Memories

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A marathon race at Bristol saw plenty of carnage and frustration displayed on the track, but it also featured some different names inside the top 10. What – or who – was the biggest surprise to come out of the race? Kevin Rutherford, Managing Editor: I’m going with Justin Allgaier, but make no mistake – …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Edition

2015 Martinsville I Cup Denny Hamlin Credit Amy Henderson

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Burnouts (Hot) The short tracks are one place where the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have excelled this season. First, there was Denny Hamlin getting the win at Martinsville a couple of weeks ago. Then, in what turned out to be a Sunday night race,  Matt Kenseth scored his first win of the season (and first in …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol Edition

2015 Texas I Cup Tony Stewart Chris Buescher Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Burnouts (Hot) Just when you begin to wonder if the No. 48 team might just slightly be losing its edge, it bounces back to remind us that it can be better than ever. Jimmie Johnson’s second win of the Sprint Cup season Saturday night at Texas sent a not so subtle message that said, “Hey …

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Friday Faceoff: Concerns Surrounding NASCAR Health & Tires

2015 Martinsville I Cup Kyle Larson Car Credit Amy Henderson

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1) Kyle Larson. Should we be concerned? Are you? Or should we chalk it up as a bizarre health incident? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Number of times I have passed out without alcohol involved: zero. It is not normal to pass out in the middle of the day, even after scribbling your name a few …

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