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Up To Speed: Carl Edwards, Dave Rogers Cite Team Cohesiveness As Reason For Success

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Food City 500

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Carl Edwards had to win eventually. In the first seven races of the season, they finished in the top five three times and six times in the top 10. Leading laps and running up front were common traits of the No. 19 team during almost every race and it seemed like the biggest competition for …

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Carl Edwards Dominates Toward Wild Bristol Win

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

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While the race shuffled, spread and scrambled behind him, Carl Edwards drove to victory from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 276 of 500 laps in the Food City 500. For Edwards, the win is the first of his 2016 season and fourth at Bristol. “There was so many different things happening out there, …

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Carl Edwards Grabs the Pole for the Food City 500

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

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You didn’t see it coming until it happened. Carl Edwards entered full stealth mode to win the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500, posting a fast lap speed of 127.997 mph in the closing minutes of the final round of qualifying.  Early in the round, Joey Logano and points leader Kyle Busch swapped the top …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Carl Edwards Shines, FOX Bores in Texas

2016 Texas I Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series returned to action at Texas Motor Speedway, and once again, Joe Gibbs Racing dominated much of the weekend. Before we get started, last week, NASCAR and CMT announced a new three-part series, NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed, which will air on consecutive Sundays starting on …

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Pace Laps: Tough Luck for Martin Truex, Jr. at Texas, Timmy Solomito Wins in Whelen Modified Tour Opener and XFINITY Series Short Tracks

2016 Cup Texas Martin Truex Jr. Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Sprint Cup: Everything’s Tougher in Texas for Truex, Jr. –  Several moments throughout the 500-miler Saturday night made it seem like Martin Truex, Jr. was nearly untouchable out front. With the exception of Carl Edwards, who later suffered a loose wheel and fell off the lead lap, Truex was the only driver to be able to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Busch’s Late Push Snatches Victory in Texas

Who’s in the headline – The early leader in 2016 Cup season is Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization started the season with Denny Hamlin‘s win at Daytona and now has back-to-back wins with Kyle Busch. Busch’s recent success, coupled with his impressive consistency over the first seven races (six finishes of fourth or better) has him …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Duck Commander 500

2016 Texas I Cup Kyle Busch Checkered Flag Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sometimes taking a gamble is a team’s only hope of winning a race, but it’s certainly no guarantee.  When the No. 6 team kept Trevor Bayne off sequence to gain track position, it resulted in Bayne leading 12 laps—the first laps he’s led since May of 2014.  That …

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Kyle Busch Sneaks by Martin Truex, Jr. for Texas Sweep

Get out the broom because Kyle Busch has done it again. Following a late-race pass on Martin Truex, Jr. on the final restart, Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after leading just 34 laps. Busch wins for the second straight week in the Sprint Cup Series and fourth straight race …

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Carl Edwards Snags Duck Commander 500 Pole

2016 Cup Texas Carl Edwards Car On Track Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Posting a lap of 194.609 mph (27.748 sec), the driver of the No. 19 Toyota scored his first pole of the season and second at Texas. Edwards led the final two rounds of qualifying after posting …

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Inside Texas Motor Speedway’s Parity Streak

2014 Texas Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Guns Cia

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If you could sum up all of the changes that NASCAR has made to the cars, the series, the rules in the last 15 years in one word, it would be parity. It’s no fun to see one driver dominate the win column like Jeff Gordon did in the 1990s. It’s no fun to see …

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Up To Speed: 2015 Winners Who Are Still Looking for First Win of 2016

2016 Fontana Cup Matt Kenseth Car Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

With this now the third year of the elimination Chase-style format, it’s easy to forget how early we still are in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Four winners in five races (Jimmie Johnson has managed to notch two victories) means that there are four drivers who are all but locked into the Chase once …

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