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Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson Humbled By History, Reaction of Peers after Winning 7th Title

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We all knew it was a possibility, but we didn’t know if it would ever happen. Seven championships. Done only twice in the history of the sport and not in over two decades. Even a driver like Jimmie Johnson, who won five championships in a row, couldn’t pull it off, …

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Up to Speed: Winning at Phoenix Gives Logano an Opportunity for Redemption

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After a hard-fought victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Joey Logano now has one last race standing between him and his first Sprint Cup Series championship. Oh, and three other drivers who want it just as badly. For Logano, however, this will not be his first time in this …

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Up to Speed: Carl Edwards Is Living the Dream, & He’ll Wake Up in Homestead

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Carl Edwards will officially be racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a couple of weeks, thanks to a rain shower at the end of a very long day at Texas Motor Speedway. That’s not necessarily fair. Edwards led a total of 36 laps. Though he was definitely not …

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Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Proves to be Toyota’s Most Worthy Foe

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Listen to, read or watch any television show, race broadcast, article, podcast, etc. that focuses on NASCAR and you’ll hear one word to summarize the season so far: Toyota. Kevin Harvick? He’s tuning it all out. Granted, Toyota has won an astounding 15 of 31 races in 2016 and certainly …

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Up to Speed: Even After Charlotte Victory, Jimmie Johnson Still Thinks He Can Do Better

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If there is one thing we have learned over the past decade of Sprint Cup Series racing, it’s this: never count out Jimmie Johnson. Granted, Johnson didn’t make it past the Round of 12 during the first two years of NASCAR’s elimination-style Chase format. At the same time, though he …

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Up To Speed: Change of Scenery Brings Change in Results for Truex

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Martin Truex, Jr.’s fourth win of the season this year isn’t all that surprising when you look at the amount of laps he has led this year, but is surprising when you look at his win totals throughout his career. Prior to 2016, Truex had never won more than one …

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Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Proves the Toyota Drivers are Still Fallible

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Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick did not have the fastest car on the racetrack. He was not the best, he was not the strongest and he was not the most dominant. But he still got the job done. Harvick led just eight of the 300 laps en route …

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