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Racing to the Point: NASCAR Plays The Brawl Blame Game

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NASCAR executives probably spent Monday morning reveling in the media attention sparked by Sunday’s post-race fight. Then they spent Monday afternoon analyzing the video to dish out penalties for it. After all, that type of behavior can’t be tolerated – even if it’s exactly what NASCAR wanted, creating one hell of a strange disciplinary policy. …

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Five Points to Ponder: Fiery Phoenix, 500 Strong for Harvick & The Big Unknown

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ONE: UNDER PRESSURE Two races remain – 579 laps or 712 miles, if you prefer – until we crown the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, and right now it’s anyone’s title, with all eight still-eligible drivers absolutely in the mix for the big silver wavy trophy. This new Chase version is certainly polarizing, but …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: Defending the Indefensible

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Just a scant couple of weeks ago in this column, I basically did the journalistic equivalent of ripping Brad Keselowski a new one. Today, I find myself in the position of public defender for the aforementioned “defendant,” who shall henceforth be referred to as BK. Others involved in this investigation, namely Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Fight Night At The Races

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The specter of violence has reared its head once again. Cripes. Before we even get into the critique, I’ll state for the record that this fighting is passé. Not only is it played out, it’s also ludicrous and makes the sport look bad. I do a lot more pertaining to motorsports coverage than critiquing TV …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas – Phoenix Edition

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It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of Brad Keselowski after the AAA Texas 500, but he isn’t the driver atop Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. The actions of Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are being studied under a microscope after a multifaceted brawl in the Lone Star State left three Chasers bruised and bloody. …

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NASCAR Will Review Brad Keselowski-Jeff Gordon Post-Race Altercation

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The sanctioning body has a lot of work to do this week as NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton and his staff sort through video and reports of what transpired after the conclusion of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Sunday night. The brawl that occurred between Brad Keselowski …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: AAA Texas 500 – Rumblin’, Bumblin’ and Stumblin’

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Key Moment – On the first green-white-checkered finish, Jeff Gordon chose the outside line to lead the field to the green. He drifted wide as the field approached turn 1, opening the door for Brad Keselowski to try and shoot through the middle in an effort to go for the win. Gordon came down and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 AAA Texas 500

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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? If you didn’t see this top-10 finish coming, you’re not …

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The Brawl That Brings Brian’s Chase To A Crossroads

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Brad Keselowski's 2014 tale proved that winning isn't everything, but it still matters in the end. (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

“Did you see the Texas fight? In NASCAR?” Amongst coffee stops, or milling about on the train, or in offices Monday morning, millions of people in America will take a break, get bored at work and start asking that question. Some of them will be lifelong NASCAR fans, still absorbing the ramifications of a bar-like brawl that …

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Brad Keselowski vs. Jeff Gordon: Passion Ignites Fury

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Brad Keselowski might be the next Dale Earnhardt, but then again, he might not be. However, he is raising eyebrows after sparking two major incidents over the past month. Picture it. Green-white-checkered attempt, championship on the line, a hole opens up on the track. Keselowski saw an opportunity open up with only a handful of …

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Four Burning Questions in Texas: Winless Wonders & Brad Keselowski’s Tall Order

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One down, two to go in the final Chase round before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last week in Martinsville, a non-title contender, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., upset the apple cart by stealing a win from the remaining contenders, thus putting even more pressure on the Chasers to grab a win …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Keselowski… And Johnson… And…

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There are plenty of adjectives out there that race fans love to apply to different NASCAR drivers. Usually, the more adjectives applied, the less the fan likes the driver he’s attaching them to, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. But, truth be told, some drivers are more laid-back, or more outgoing, …

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