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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola waits in the garage between practice sessions for the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

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You couldn’t say it wasn’t an interesting year for Aric Almirola and his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team. The team made the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the 2014 season and was looking to do that again as they headed into the 2015 season. Instead, the season would be marked by decent consistency that was …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

2015 Phoenix Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Trophy Cia

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And then there were four. After waiting all afternoon and into the evening for weather to clear, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-shortened race at Phoenix. It was Junior’s third win of the season, keeping a potential Chase driver from winning his way into the championship race at Homestead. The final four drivers heading into …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Darrell Wallace Jr. Makes Unexpected Find

2015 Charlotte I Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Car Cia

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Martinsville preview. #nascar #thechase pic.twitter.com/G7hT4LI32T — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) October 27, 2015 NASCARCasm offered his own preview of Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Will NASCARCasm end up being accurate? Probably not. Watching racecar drivers strap into bumper cars would be very entertaining and priceless! Well, already moving out…almost 2 weeks. Sucks but not dealing with this… ARE …

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

2015 Moffitt Annett Busch Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – For the third week in a row, a driver led more than half of the laps in a race, and for the second week in a row that driver won. Joey Logano took the lead on lap 77 of the event and, outside of pit-stop cycles under green flags, Logano …

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

2015 Dover Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Kid Guest Cia

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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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Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford Re-Up for 2016

2015 Richmond Ii Cup Sam Hornish Jr Matt Dibenedetto Racing Cia

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Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its partnership with Ford Performance in 2016. Petty and Ford, which have been partners stretching all the way back to 1969 and most recently since 2010, will continue to field cars in NASCAR’s top series next year. The racing team currently fields two full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entries with Sam …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick dominated the race and dominated the headlines. He drove from a 15th-place starting spot, due to qualifying being rained out, to the lead in just 23 laps. From then on, Harvick led 355 of the final 377 laps, only losing the lead during pit stops when drivers took two …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While the focus Sunday was on the Chase, there were a few non-Chase drivers looking to make a splash, and Aric Almirola played the spoiler fairly well, grabbing a top-five finish. Almirola didn’t miss the Chase by much while running for a team with much less funding than …

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Kevin Harvick Does It, Advances to Round 2 with 2015 AAA 400 Victory at Dover

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The driver they call “The Closer” simply did it at Dover International Speedway. Needing a win to advance to the Contender Round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase, Kevin Harvick grabbed the top spot on lap 24 and led an outstanding 355 laps – a career high for Harvick in a single race – …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Myafibrisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

2015 Chicago Cup Denny Hamlin Hot Dog Cia

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One race into the Chase and fists are already flying. The incident between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson might have been unintentional, but the results could take Harvick out of Chase contention after the first round… unless he wins within the next two weeks, of course. Then will all be forgiven? Denny Hamlin made the “spin-and-win” …

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