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The Frontstretch 5: 2015 Takeaways

Joey Logano Post Wreck Martinsville 2015 Cup Mike Neff

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1. Everybody should be looking over their shoulders. Sure he’s had issues that have ultimately put him out of the running for the title, but Joey Logano isn’t going away anytime soon. He’s got more wins over the last two seasons than any other driver, and he’s a threat just about anywhere. In 2014, a …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

Buescher, Chris, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones - 2015 NASCAR Champions Portraits

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And that’s a wrap for the 2015 season. Kyle Busch made potentially the most amazing comeback in NASCAR history. After missing the first 11 races, Busch grabbed four consecutive checkered flags and earned enough points to make himself Chase eligible. Once he secured his spot, Busch kept his nose clean and was able to advance to …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2015 NASCAR Championship Edition

2015 Homestead CUP Kyle Busch Kurt Busch CIA

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ONE: Congrats, Champ It would be remiss of me not to start the last 5 Points to Ponder of the 2015 season without a hat tip and hearty congratulations to the new champion Kyle Busch, who won a maiden title in what were trying circumstances. A season that encompassed a terrible injury, lengthy rehab, a …

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Number Crunching: NASCAR Fantasy 2015 Closes Out At Homestead

Harvick, Kevin - 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 - Practice

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This is it everyone, the last race of the season. The chase for the Sprint Cup has been whittled down to four contenders who each have an interesting story to tell in the 2015 season. Kevin Harvick is the reigning champion and is trying to make it two in a row. Kyle Busch, who missed …

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Joey Logano Fastest in 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Happy Hour

Logano, Joey - 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 Practice - Homestead

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On Saturday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series finally managed to get in a full practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After rains shortened Xfinity Series qualifying to only two rounds, track crews worked hard to get the surface back into racing shape. By 1 p.m., the track was ready to go for 50 minutes of practice. …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

2014 Homestead CUP Kevin Harvick burnout II CIA

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Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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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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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Edition

Harvick, Kevin - 2015 Quicken Loans 500 - Phoenix

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It’s hard to decide which song to attach to what turned out to be a marathon day and night at Jeff Gordon (or Phoenix International, as its usually known) Raceway on Sunday. You’ve got “The Waiting” by Tom Petty, or maybe the old “Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt and of course, “A Hard Day’s Night” …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

Earnhardt, Dale Jr. - 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Victory Lane - Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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Up to Speed: Mixed Emotions Following Rain-Shortened Phoenix Semi-Final

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

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Weather can certainly have its way in influencing motorsports and this was true at Phoenix International Raceway. That’s right, even a racetrack in the middle of the desert is not safe from the woes brought on by a steady downpour. Following a nearly seven-hour delay for rain, the penultimate race of the season finally went green under …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Quicken Loans Racing for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

2015 Phoenix I CUP start credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Name Does Matter

2015 Martinsville Speedway NSCS Joey Logano Brad Keselowski credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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During the brouhaha over the Matt Kenseth–Joey Logano dustup two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch said something that was largely overlooked in the aftermath of the incident: That it’s not just about what happened, but whose names were over the doors on the cars involved. And it was easy to push the statement …

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