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Five Points to Ponder: Tick Tock, Comes NASCAR’s Final Four And… Trash?

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ONE: The Final Four Following Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s second win of the season at Pocono Raceway, we now have four drivers properly and officially locked into the Chase. Earnhardt, as mentioned, is one, with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson the other three drivers with a pair of victories …

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Five Points to Ponder: Saturday Night Lights, New Arrivals and Triple Centuries

Would Denny Hamlin have won if NASCAR’s late race caution rules were different?

ONE: Triple Century for Hamlin Denny Hamlin joined an exclusive club of drivers this past Sunday, not just for his first win on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway but also by becoming only the fifth driver to win his 300th start at the Cup level – his 24th overall …

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Five Points to Ponder: Surprising Names Off To Solid NASCAR Starts

This season of NASCAR has certainly seemed to have a fire lit under it.

ONE: What a Season So Far In the seven years I’ve been a weekly NASCAR columnist it is fair to say that there have been many more reasons to be critical than to be effusive. Sinking TV ratings, the car of sorrow, empty stands, mind-numbing races, Jimmie Johnson winning everything — you …

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Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR’s Take-A-Breath Moment

The 2014 NASCAR Season started off on a high note, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.‘s win in the Daytona 500 helping to revive both his status and that of the sport. In recent years where there were a number of setbacks and short-comings, 2014 has been one of the most memorable and positive in close to 20 years. Save for the weather…

Time For a Breather: After a frenetic first eight weeks of the mammoth ten-month NASCAR season we get our first moment to breathe this weekend as the engines go silent in honor of Easter. And so far, even the strongest and most vociferous of critics would have trouble denying it’s been anything …

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Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR Report Card Time As Darlington Looms

Hitting the finish line first, in Saturday night’s Southern 500 is still one of the prestigious moments in any Cup driver’s NASCAR career.

ONE: The Lady In Black There are few tracks that quicken my blood quite like the venerable Lady in Black – Darlington Raceway. This will be race number 111 at the 1.336 egg shaped track, a record that stretches all the way back to 1950: the second ever season for NASCAR and …

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Five Points To Ponder: Keselowski Rivalries, Titans, And Short Track Success

Sunday’s race at Martinsville was yet another insert into the canon of thrilling races in 2014 at the Sprint Cup level.

ONE: WE’RE OFF TO A GOOD START Six races down, 30 to go and it’s fair to say we’re off to an excellent start in 2014. Three of the races have been classics — the Daytona 500, last Sunday’s race at Martinsville and the previous week at Auto Club Speedway — while Las Vegas …

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Five Points to Ponder: Five Winners, Fontana In The Chase And The Real Deal

Kyle Busch’s win Sunday means five different winners in the first five races of the season.

ONE: Five Winners in Five Weeks So that’s five winners in five weeks, with Kyle Busch joining Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards among those locked into the Chase — or so goes the conventional wisdom. But there’s a bit of trouble brewing with that philosophy. …

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