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Up To Speed: Kyle Busch Doesn’t Care What People Say

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“To think that he could go through what he went through early this year at Daytona and all of the heartbreak that went with that… I think it’s a special sports story,” said Joe Gibbs, winning car owner of the 2015 Brickyard 400. Indeed, comeback stories, such as that of Kyle Busch this season, are …

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Up To Speed: 3 Wins, 7 Races to Go… What Do the Numbers Say for Kyle Busch?

2015 Loudon I Cup Kyle Busch Car Cia

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What can you say about Kyle Busch? Rebound stories happen in sports every year (as evidenced by some stories in this year’s ESPY awards), but I can’t honestly say that I expected Busch to be one of them. For Busch to have missed the first 11 races of the Sprint Cup Series season due to …

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Up To Speed: New Rules Package A Huge Success… But Still Work To Do

Kybusch Battling Keselowski

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Life is all about little miracles and happy little surprises. Running into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, getting all green lights on the morning commute… …or an exciting race in an event full of unknowns and uncertainty. As the Sprint Cup Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway last week, everyone knew this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Deservedly Welcomed With Open Arms

2015 Daytona Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Pack Racing Cia

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It’s hard to get NASCAR fans to agree on everything, and it’s even harder for them to all agree on something positive. Between the Chase, the competitors, and the various racetracks, everyone has an opinion and the only thing everyone agrees on is that it could always be better. Then NBC comes along, returning to …

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Austin Dillon Wins Independence Day Shootout in Xfinity Series at Daytona

2015 Charlotte I Nxs Austin Dillon Slide Cia

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Independence Day is famous for its fireworks. So is Daytona. Austin Dillon survived all of the night’s fireworks to win his very first race at Daytona International Speedway in any of NASCAR’s three national series. The 25-year-old driver was able to avoid two late-race multi-car incidents to score his third Xfinity Series victory this season. …

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Up To Speed: Busch Brothers Moving Past Early Season Struggles, Finish 1-2 in Sonoma

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When Kyle Busch suffered through a horrendous wreck in the season opener for the Xfinity Series at Daytona in February, some wondered if he would ever race again. Once doctors determined the severity of the injuries—a broken right leg and fractured left foot—the question became when he would return. Next season? Six months? Longer? Shorter? Even …

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Up To Speed: The Best of the Rest Heading Into Sonoma

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We say it every year, but I’m always amazed at how fast the racing season passes by. One day the excitement of the Daytona 500 sets upon us, providing much needed racing after a long, cold offseason. Soon after, it’s the first day of summer, Father’s Day weekend, the sun is beating down on most of the …

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Up To Speed: NASCAR In No-Win Situation With Michigan Weather

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400

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There’s the familiar adage that “When it rains, it pours.” Sometimes, though, that’s not always the case. Anyone who has watched racing for a while knows that it doesn’t take a lot of rain to slow or stop a NASCAR race. While it might delay the start or temporarily stop the action, eventually the cars can usually …

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Jeff Gordon Paces Final 2015 Quicken Loans 400 Practice Session at Michigan

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If Sunday’s final practice session of the day was any indication, Jeff Gordon might be the driver to beat once the green flag drops on Sunday. Gordon’s fast time of 36.253 seconds at 198.604 mph was good enough for the top spot in Saturday’s final practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan …

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Kyle Busch Back in Victory Lane at Michigan in 1st Xfinity Series Race Since Daytona Injury

2015 Michigan I Nxs Kyle Busch Bow Cia

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Some thought he wouldn’t race the rest of the year. Some though he would never be the same driver he was before. Others thought it was just too soon for him to come back. Kyle Busch proved all of them wrong on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. After fracturing his right leg and left …

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Up To Speed: Mixed Emotions for Greg Biffle Following 2nd-Place Finish at Charlotte

2015 Charlotte I Cup Greg Biffle Car Cia

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Eventual Coca-Cola 600 champ Carl Edwards really needed to win a race. He had just moved over to a brand new car at Joe Gibbs Racing from Roush Fenway Racing at the beginning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, giving him optimism for a new beginning in his career but also applying some pressure …

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Up To Speed: Kyle Busch Shows No Signs of Weakness in All-Star Return

Hey, did you hear Kyle Busch is back? Because if you were watching Saturday night’s race (with the sound off, mind you), you may not have noticed anything different. If you’ve been living under a rock, Busch has been MIA from the Sprint Cup Series for a while — since the beginning of the season actually. …

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