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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

2015 Texas Cup Brad Keselowski Car

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OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR Silly Season Shouldn’t Equal Stability

2015 Texas II CUP Erik Jones CIA

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Did You Notice? There was no penalty for a trio of Joe Gibbs Racing teams accused of trying to alter the splitters on their racecars? Our Jerry Jordan reported splitters had been adjusted to curve further inward, shaped with Bondo or resin in a way to push the car lower and closer to the racetrack. …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Eddie Gossage Surprises Jeff Gordon With Shetland Ponies

2015 Cup Texas Jeff Gordon Ponies Gift From Gossage Credit Beth Lunkenheimer

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Morning ride with @WhelenMTRS #GoPro pic.twitter.com/BolCn2XISy — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 10, 2015 Joey Logano took his driving skills off-road on Tuesday morning. We’ll admit we wish he would turn the keys over so we can have a go. Hey @abrevak who won the game yesterday. pic.twitter.com/qGzOOQn6Ad — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) November 9, 2015 Jamie …

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The Frontstretch 5: Random Foods for Thought

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1. Quintessential… wait, WHAT? Color me confused. Brian France called Joey Logano’s move to win at Kansas, where Logano got into a hard-blocking Matt Kenseth, “quintessential NASCAR” and the fans booed.  Kenseth called Jimmie Johnson’s ultra-clean pass for the win at Texas “quintessential,” and the fans cheered. When, exactly, did that happen? And how long …

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Bowles-Eye View: Penske Potential Peters Out… Because of Personality?

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Almost three years ago, fresh off his 2012 Sprint Cup title Brad Keselowski appeared ready to vault toward superstar status. Somehow, he had fended off five-time champ Jimmie Johnson despite driving for an organization in Team Penske that left him on an island. His teammate in the No. 22, AJ Allmendinger was fired midseason after …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Back to Business – Quintessentially Speaking

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The State of the NASCAR Nation It’s been a nice couple quiet weeks for NASCAR hasn’t it? Nothing controversial has happened… oh wait… I kid because I care, or at least I used to; I’m just not sure anymore. So, in some senses, after all the amped-up debate and severe disagreements as to the punishment …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix Edition

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The NASCAR season is down to its final two races and there are still a lot of questions to be answered. One thing that cannot be questioned is that each of the last four races have been filled with their share of controversy. Don’t expect that to change next week as there are still seven …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC “Chase-Ing” Away Viewers With Title Focus

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After the events of Martinsville, I figured that I’d be able to relax a little bit. Yes, last year saw the tempers boil over. I saw that NBCSN ranked that as the biggest thing to ever happen (in a NASCAR race) at Texas Motor Speedway. I respectfully disagree. AAA Texas 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA Texas 500

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Who’s in the headline? – Jimmie Johnson saved his best for last Sunday and spoiled Brad Keselowski‘s party as the laps wound down. Johnson led six laps during the event, including the final four to steal the win from Keselowski, who led 312 of the posted 334 laps of the event. Johnson proved, once again, …

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Jimmie Johnson Pounces To 2015 AAA Texas 500 Victory, 6th at TMS

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Jimmie Johnson spoiled a Chase clinching win for Brad Keselowski as he made the winning pass with three laps to go to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The victory for Johnson is the fifth of the season and third in a row at Texas. “I kept working on him, working on …

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Pace Laps: Penske Problems, Xfinity Interesting and More

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Sprint Cup Series: Is Team Penske Locked Out of the Final Four? – Fresh off of a controversial finish at Martinsville Speedway, teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski found themselves in a must-win situation at either Texas or Phoenix to make the final four in the Chase. With Keselowski on the pole after leading practice …

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Number Crunching: 2015 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Fantasy Preview

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The drivers are in Texas and it sure has been an interesting few days leading up to the race this week. Matt Kenseth was suspended for two races for wrecking the race leader Joey Logano at Martinsville last week, and Truck Series point leader Erik Jones will pilot the No. 20 car in Kenseth’s place. Both Saturday practice …

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