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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Beer Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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5 Points to Ponder: Beware the Ides of “Mart”

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Martinsville Joey Logano

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ONE: A Dish Served Cold For the second time in five races in the 2018 playoffs, Martin Truex Jr. was denied a win on the very last lap of the race. Predictably his immediate post-race reaction was hotter than his glowing brake rotors. “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t winning the damn …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Martinsville Return Bad For Rookie William Byron

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Joey Logano held off Martin Truex Jr. to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ First Data 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, locking himself into title contention in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Due to last-lap contact, Truex’s soon-to-be-teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin, slipped into second, leaving the No. 78 in …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look Bump Coverage and Kurt Busch in the Booth

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Martinsville is an interesting place.  By anyone’s standards, it is not the kind of place that would normally host a major event.  It’s a small independent city of less than 15,000 people (as of the last census) that is off the beaten path.  The track itself is technically inside of a neighborhood with people living …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Wins Martinsville Battle, War Undecided

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano knew he had a chance to go to Homestead and challenge for a championship. It was going to take some old school, short track racing but he wasn’t afraid to do it. In Turns 3 and 4, where the greats of the sport have moved competitors to win since …

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Up to Speed: Race How You Get Raced

2018 Martinsville Finish Joey Logano Martin Truex Jr. Zach Catanzareti Cup

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Never underestimate the ability of Martinsville Speedway to inject a healthy dose of controversy into a championship battle. Sunday’s race left Martin Truex Jr. furious, vowing that Joey Logano would not win the title.  Logano emerged from the race with a win, a new grandfather clock and a pass to the championship race at Homestead-Miami …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 First Data 500

2018 Martinsville Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Amy Henderson

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sunday’s race was hard-fought for every position.  At times, groups of five or six drivers would be pushing for the same square of real estate and there was often more take than give.  Through all of it, Daniel Suarez drove like a veteran.  Qualifying eighth, Suarez got shuffled …

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Team Owner Roger Penske Defends Driver Joey Logano for Last-Lap Move

2018 Martinsville Finish Zach Catanzareti Cup Joey Logano

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Opinions were split between the Nos. 22 and 78 pit stalls. Team Penske, with team owner Roger Penske watching live, was already sipping the champagne when driver Joey Logano bumped Martin Truex Jr. out of the race lead to win Sunday (Oct. 28) at Martinsville Speedway victory. The other side, however, was livid with fury. …

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Joey Logano Wins The Battle, Martin Truex Jr. Says ‘He Won’t Win The Damn War’ After Martinsville Win

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Joey Logano has spent the year playing second fiddle to NASCAR’s Big Three. But the final laps of Sunday’s (Oct. 28) First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway gave him a chance to go toe-to-toe with them in the 2018 season finale. Logano survived an epic 10-lap battle with Martin Truex Jr. to earn his first career Martinsville …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Wins 2nd Round of 12 Race, Round of 8 Set

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Who’s in the headline In the typical, overreaction world of 24/7 social media and sports talking heads, Chase Elliott has gone from early title dropout to championship favorite. Elliott went to Victory Lane for the second time in three races, and Elliott Nation is in a lather over the potential for him to contend for …

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Chase Elliott Benefits From Kevin Harvick Penalty to Win Hollywood Casino 400

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott

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Kevin Harvick’s loss was Chase Elliott’s gain… all over again. For the second time in three weeks, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was decided by pit road. Elliott benefitted from a Harvick penalty to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday (Oct. 21) at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was in a strong position to …

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Joey Logano Takes Hollywood Casino 400 Pole at Kansas Speedway

2018 Cup Darlington Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Joey Logano will lead the field to the green flag Sunday afternoon in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Posting a lap at 191.646 mph, the driver of the No. 22 Ford edged Kevin Harvick to take his first pole of the season. “We made zero changes from the time we unloaded to the …

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