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NASCAR Penalties: Matt Kenseth Suspended, Danica Patrick Fined

Matt Kenseth leads the field in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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NASCAR issued penalties to two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers following the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. The strongest consequences were for Matt Kenseth, officially suspended from NASCAR competition through the completion of the next two races. Kenseth was popped with a behavioral penalty for violating sections 12.1 and 12.8 of …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 AAA Texas Edition

Jeff Gordon Martinsville 2015 Cup Mike Neff

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Well, last week most everyone correctly thought that Talladega would be the wild card when it came to who would be in or out of the next round of the Chase. But what should never be forgotten is that short tracks can be just as much of a wild card and that was certainly the …

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4 Burning Questions in Martinsville: Do You Want to Lead with 30 Laps to Go?

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1. Will Talladega drama carry into Martinsville? It’s a safe bet, right? Since the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, we have witnessed an uptick in thrill, rage and turmoil while bringing along a frenzy of buzz through the veins of NASCAR nation. From driver-to-driver beefs to a mass of controversy following the closing laps at Talladega Superspeedway …

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Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski Lead 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Practice Sessions at Talladega

2015 Greg Biffle Bank of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff (3)

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On Friday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series took to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway for two 55-minute practice sessions that would allow the teams to check out their racecars and see how they work by themselves and in the pack.  Since teams were on two two different strategies for both sessions, it is rather difficult to …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Keelan Harvick Gets a New Slide and He Loves It!

2015 Cup Kansas Speedway Brad Keselowski Pedal Car Boyd Adams

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https://instagram.com/p/9CTA7fRkIt/ Keelan Harvick, the son of Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick, is probably going nuts right now. Harvick recently purchased the little guy a slide and posted this photo of Keelan having fun! We wish we could get our own slide, too! Heck yeah go @Panthers 5-0 I bet @tydillon is having a blast …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

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So now the Chase has been chopped down to 12 and the clock starts over for those drivers in terms of needing a win to move onto the next round. The fun begins Saturday night in Charlotte and no matter what happened in these first three Chase races, whoever is hot or not is defined …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Focus Continues to Haunt NBCSN

2015 Loudon II CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr pack racing CIA

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Loudon is traditionally a quick race by Sprint Cup standards. As a result, there isn’t quite as much action to show on broadcasts. The track itself also doesn’t necessarily equate to the most competitive outing. It’s hard as heck to pass. Just because it’s Loudon doesn’t mean you get a pass on these things. Sylvania …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

2015 Loudon II CUP Matt Kenseth wins CIA

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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Clint Bowyer’s Chase Takes Hit with Chicagoland Penalty

2015 Chicago CUP Clint Bowyer Danica Patrick CIA

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Four teams were penalized following the Chicagoland race weekend and one’s Chase hopes now hinge upon winning one of the next two races. Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 team was assessed a P4 penalty for an infraction relating to the track bar. Bowyer team violated rule that prohibits beveled washers and/or other components that allow track …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ridiculous Racing Fights

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Notice that the title of this column is “ridiculous fights,” and not actual, intense or compelling fights. These are short-lived, one-sided, wimpy, “what just happened there?” fights that make the highlight reel because because they’re ridiculous. 1. Harvick vs. Johnson, Chicago 2015 We all saw this one go down on Sunday at Chicago, and it …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

2015 Darlington CUP Jeff Gordon car CIA

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup Clinch Scenarios

2015 Richmond I CUP Kurt Busch wins credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will invade Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the final regular season race on the 2015 calendar. That means numerous drivers who have not already locked themselves into the Chase will be eager to do so on Saturday night. NASCAR released the clinch scenarios for this weekend’s race: Regardless of …

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