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Five Points to Ponder: Career Redefinition, NASCAR Commercials and Hope for 2016

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ONE: A Finish for the Ages The simple truth is that the vast majority of the 2016 Daytona 500 was little more than a 200 MPH procession. We saw the odd single car spin — Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Danica Patrick — but there wasn’t a Big One, …

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Pace Laps: Hamlin’s Big Step, GMS Steps Up And ‘Off’ Weekends

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Sprint Cup: Hamlin, Team Toyota Packs A Punch – The final laps of Daytona reminded me of the closing moments of a Great American Race here 19 years ago. In that one, Bill Elliott held the lead on the final restart only for the selflessness of three Hendrick Motorsports teammates to bond …

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Denny Hamlin Wins in Closest Finish in Daytona 500 History

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Daytona International Speedway has never been higher. And during Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, it’s never been closer as Denny Hamlin gave a last-lap bump to Matt Kenseth in turn 4 before edging Martin Truex, Jr. to the line to win his first Daytona 500. “It’s the pinnacle of my career, for …

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4 Burning Questions: With Tony Stewart Out, Who Is Daytona’s Sentimental Favorite?

2016 Daytona I CUP Ryan Blaney Matthew T. Thacker NKP

Zach Catanzareti takes a look at the four most important storylines entering Sunday’s Daytona 500: 1. WHAT TEAM WILL GEL BEST ON SUNDAY? Contrary to some popular beliefs, you must have friends to compete in plate racing. Without them – as seen in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited – you’ll go …

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