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Up To Speed: Despite Long Day, NASCAR Got This One Right

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Who knew Bristol was an endurance race? Oh, sure, the ability to endure is something that drivers have to be able to do in order to win the race, but endurance racing is something totally different. Those long races are better served for series that have multiple drivers for each race, times carved out, and, oh …

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Up To Speed: Kevin Harvick vs. Joey Logano, Round 2… Or Not

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The last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was in Texas, the post-race conversation was all about temper tantrums and post-race pit road brawls. Brad Keselowski vs. Jeff Gordon is one of the most recognizable stories from 2014. And as the laps wound down during Saturday night’s event, I thought it would be the same …

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Up To Speed: Denny Hamlin’s Win a Bright Spot During Challenging Times for JGR

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For Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing, 2014 was a mixed bag. The organization only won two races all year and Hamlin won one of those. Kyle Busch the other. The peculiarity of Hamlin’s season was the he was one of the four drivers in contention for the championship at the final race of the season. Using consistency, he …

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Up to Speed: The Legitimacy of Debris Cautions

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I have to admit, I’m not big on conspiracy theories. I absolutely hate listening to people who leap past any sort of logical explanation or coincidental considerations and jump straight to the cries of “it was all fixed,” or claiming there was some sort of behind-the-scenes shenanigans going on. Not just in NASCAR, but anywhere. …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Returns To NASCAR With Strong Run… And Strong Words

2014 Kansas Ii Cup Kurt Busch Cia

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When it rains, it pours. And yet, the sun still seems to find its way back out. Kurt Busch’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut wasn’t supposed to be storybook. He wasn’t supposed to make an entrance, turn heads or make a statement. He was simply supposed to show up, race on and allow the …

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2014 Champion Kevin Harvick Was “Terrified” He Might Not Win Again

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To say that Kevin Harvick is on a “hot streak” doesn’t quite seem to capture the impressive performance he and his team have put on lately, but that’s exactly what it is. Harvick’s win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his sixth consecutive finish of either first or second, dating back to last season. Considering …

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Despite Poor Finish, Jeff Gordon Enjoyed Final Daytona 500 Run

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On the 22nd of February, the 22 car of Joey Logano went to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500. Further back in the pack, Jeff Gordon’s storybook weekend suddenly took a negative turn. Yet both drivers were still smiling at the end of the race on Sunday. “For some reason, I’m still smiling and enjoying every …

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Harvick vs Logano: The Evolution of a Rivalry

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It appears that not everything from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was left completely behind. Of course, is it ever? Last Saturday night was the unofficial start to the 2015 season in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway and, though Matt Kenseth won the race, the conversation surrounded a post-race confrontation between …

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