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Beyond The Cockpit: Blake Koch on Returning to TriStar Motorsports in 2016 and More

2015 Nxs Blake Koch Kansas Speedway Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

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Most drivers spend years in lower divisions before they are recruited by a NASCAR team, racing from the time they could still count their age on one hand. For Blake Koch, the road was much faster than that, as he competed in only 20 races in his driving career before he was recruited by the …

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Up To Speed: Matt Kenseth Wouldn’t Have Spun Joey Logano

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Who needs a “Game 7” moment? Kansas Speedway was only the fifth of 10 Chase races and arguably the most dramatic moment of the season has taken place. No one was surprised to see Joey Logano or Matt Kenseth at the front of the field at Kansas Speedway. Logano was the previous week’s winner at …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

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It’s not uncommon to see Kyle Busch win a NASCAR Xfinity Series race, but it’s rare you have to see him fight so hard for it. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth started on the pole and was arguably the class of the field, leading 148 of the 200 laps. Busch, however, was the only …

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Final 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Practice at Kansas

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Three-time Kansas Speedway winner Jimmie Johnson paced the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session before tomorrow’s race at Kansas Speedway. Johnson’s fastest lap was 28.574 sec at 188.983 mph, beating out polesitter Brad Keselowski’s lap of 188.930 mph. Keselowski was second fastest. Denny Hamlin was the fastest Toyota in third. His teammate Matt Kenseth …

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Polesitter Brad Keselowski Fastest in 1st Saturday Practice Session at Kansas

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After winning the pole on Friday, Brad Keselowski continued to show speed this weekend on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. In the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session of the day, Keselowski put up the fastest lap time of 35.035 seconds at 154.132 mph. Keselowski was followed in second by Matt Kenseth, who won at …

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Daniel Suarez Tops Final 2015 Kansas Lottery 300 Practice at Kansas

2015 Kansas Speedway Nxs Daniel Suarez Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

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Daniel Suarez is still seeking his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, and he took one more step toward reaching that goal early Friday evening at Kansas Speedway. Suarez paced the final practice session for the series, with a fastest lap time of 29.450 seconds at 183.362 mph. Series points leader Chris Buescher led much …

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Brad Keselowski Fastest in 1st 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Practice Session at Kansas

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As the series heads into a vital race this weekend in Kansas Speedway, all the Chase drivers (except last week’s winner Joey Logano) are focused on having the best setup possible in the second race in the Contender Round. More importantly, it’s the last race in this round before Talladega Superspeedway. In the first practice …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

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If Kevin Harvick is the championship favorite, Joey Logano is the “sleeper”… or at least he was. After a dominating performance last weekend in Charlotte Motor Speedway, if anyone had forgotten about the 25-year-old driver as a potential championship contender, they certainly are looking at him now. Though Harvick mounted a strong charge, he wasn’t …

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Up To Speed: Joey Logano and Team “Know What We’ve Got To Do”

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After Kevin Harvick won the race at Dover a little over a week ago, everyone was talking about how the No. 4 team is the “one to beat.” Rightfully so, of course, as Harvick is the defending champion and earned three wins this season. However, following a night-turned-day race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Joey …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Well… no one expected that. Oh, sure, Kevin Harvick winning isn’t a surprise, but being able to pull through in a high-pressure situation has been a struggle for him as of late. Then Dover comes – a track Harvick had never formerly won at at – and WHAM! there he is in Victory Lane again. Just like that, …

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Up To Speed: When “It” Happened To Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus in the garage at Michigan International Speedway during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400

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When you’ve watched racing for a while, you know that — sometimes — “it” happens. “It” can be a lot of different things, but the most simplistic definition is an unexpected turn of events that was  unpredictable and indeterminable. “It” tends to happen when we think we know what is going to happen, only for …

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Up To Speed: Checking the Chances of the Bottom 4 Chase Drivers

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These first two weeks of the Chase have gone by relatively quickly, and have definitely generated some surprising events. For instance, had you told me that Kevin Harvick would be 23 points out of the 12th spot and in danger of failing to advance to the next round, I wouldn’t have believed you. While I …

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