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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Edition

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The first of the two road-course stops took place this weekend for the Sprint Cup series and as has been the case the last few years, it provided some of the best and closest racing we see during the whole season. It also provided us with a couple of hot tempers, so it’s all part …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kyle Busch Woohoo Cia

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Who’s in the headline – Racing can involve a myriad of strategies on a normal weekend. On a road course, the options become even more diverse. After three different fuel strategies had all played out, a late-race caution resulted in a majority of the field coming onto pit road with 10 laps to go. Kyle …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The result wasn’t quite there, but the old fire was. …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kevin Harvick Car Side Cia

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This week, the racers will be doing something they only do two times a year: turning right. The teams are in wine country for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, this year’s first Sprint Cup attempt on a road course. This race is one where some underdogs will rise to the forefront, announcers saying …

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AJ Allmendinger Wins 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pole at Sonoma

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Road-course veteran AJ Allmendinger won the pole in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Sonoma Raceway. With a time of 74.385 seconds, Allmendinger scored the first pole for JTG Daugherty Racing, and his first pole since Kansas in April of 2012. Allmendinger’s first attempt at a lap in the first session was disrupted for a …

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Toyotas Top Both 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Practices at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kyle Busch Car Cia

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Friday afternoon saw the 44 cars entered in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 take to the 1.99-mile road course to dial their cars in. With more combined practice time than the race is likely to last Sunday, teams had plenty of time to get an idea of where they needed to be. With the long practices, …

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4 Burning Questions: Can a Non-traditional Winner Steal One in Sonoma?

2014 Sonoma Cup Pack Racing Ii Cia

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Right turns? The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series doesn’t usually do many of them, but this weekend’s round of stock car action will be an exception. The twisty, 11-turn Sonoma Raceway is the next track on deck for NASCAR’s top series, a track that is likely to inject some life into what has been a rather …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Can Still Win Their Way Into the Chase

2015 Michigan I Cup Tony Stewart Car Cia

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, with 11 races to go before the Chase, Amy looks at …

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5 Points to Ponder: Gordon’s Strife & The Worst Words In NASCAR

2015 Michigan I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Cia

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ONE: A Week Off 15 races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series are in the books as we head into a rare weekend off. Just 11 races shy of the start of this year’s playoffs, Jimmie Johnson has the most wins with four in total, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have two apiece and seven …

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Did You Notice? Optical Illusions For NASCAR, Appeals & Michael Waltrip

2015 Pocono I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Vertical Cia

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Did You Notice? Any specific reasons why Jimmie Johnson’s team failed pre-qualifying inspection at Charlotte? No, I don’t have them either. That’s ultimately the reason why a NASCAR appeals panel Tuesday threw out the most hotly debated P1 penalty since the sport developed a new system. It’s also left many fans in a state of confusion, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Can’t Fix Boredom

2015 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Confetti Cia

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Welcome back, race fans. After the insanity of Memorial Day weekend, last weekend brought a tripleheader at Dover. We saw wrecking, track surface issues and Jimmie Johnson winning again. In other words, it was just like last year. Things never change. Due to time constraints, Saturday’s running of the Buckle Up 200 will be covered …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part I

Clint Bowyer Martin Truex Jr Kyle Larson Cup Sprint Showdown 2015 Charlotte Mike Neff

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Since I’ve been away for a while, there’s a whole lot of writing to do on how each Sprint Cup driver has been performing in 2015. In this day and age of the “new” Chase, looking at the point standings to gauge a driver’s performance is often an optical illusion; once someone wins, scoring points …

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