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Number Crunching: 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan I CUP Carl Edwards car CIA

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Pocono was a pretty good race for our NASCAR fantasy lineup and an even better race for Martin Truex Jr. Truex continues to impress this year with a fast car every race. I wonder where the Furniture Row Racing team would be if we still used the old points system. I would have to imagine …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono

2015 Pocono I CUP Martin Truex Jr checkered flag CIA

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After leading so many laps in the past three races, Martin Truex Jr. finally led the one that mattered most, breaking a winless streak dating back to 2013. This win is his first with Furniture Row Racing since replacing Kurt Busch behind the wheel. Most importantly, it puts Truex and team 78 back in the …

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Kevin Harvick Paces Saturday Morning 2015 Axalta 400 Practice at Pocono

2015 Pocono I CUP Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers CIA

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Kevin Harvick picked up exactly where he left off on Friday by being the fastest driver in the 43-car field as he was quickest in the opening Saturday practice for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams at Pocono Raceway. Harvick was fastest in Friday’s practice session and in the first two rounds of qualifying. Harvick’s fast time …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Axalta 400 at Pocono Fantasy Forecast

2014 Pocono I CUP Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick racing CIA

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Miles the Monster reached out and grabbed a few drivers at the end of the race last week, putting a spin on quite a few fantasy teams. But as we continue NASCAR’s Northeast swing this week, there’s a 1-2 punch of an organization who continues to stand out. The Kevin Harvick – Kurt Busch duo …

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Kurt Busch Earns Pole for 2015 Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono

2015 Pocono I CUP Kurt Busch Austin Dillon racing CIA

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For the third time this season, Kurt Busch will lead the field to the green flag. The No. 41 car set the fastest time in qualifying at 50.676 seconds (177.599 mph) at Pocono Raceway for the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners 400.’ Edging out Coca-Cola 600 winner Carl Edwards, Busch is looking for his first win since …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Jimmie’s Johnson’s Reign & the New NASCAR Drivers’ Council

2015 Dover I CUP Jimmie Johnson champagne CIA

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Well folks, if anyone in the country doubted Jimmie Johnson this year, it’s officially time to eat your words. He has 10 – count them – 10 victories now at the, the most of any driver all-time at the mile oval. Johnson took a commanding lead in the race and held off fast cars from …

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Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards Sweep 2015 FedEx 400 Saturday Practices at Dover

2015 Dover I CUP Denny Hamlin car CIA

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Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are in a good place. Not only are both coming off big wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, they led a 1-2 sweep of Saturday practice sessions at Dover International Speedway before Sunday’s FedEx 400. Joe Gibbs Racing continued their strong performance overall as teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were …

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Should Carl Edwards Really Be Worry-Free With a Win?

2015 Dover I CUP Carl Edwards helmet CIA

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Carl Edwards would happily compare Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway to the weight of a gorilla lifting off his back. The Sprint Cup Series veteran can now say he is virtually locked into the 2015 Chase for the championship with Joe Gibbs Racing and can have fun racing instead of scrambling for …

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Happiness Is… Funny Stuff, Yoga & Released

2015 Charlotte I CUP Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

By winning the Coca-Cola 600, Carl Edwards has now joined the Chase fray, putting him in position to tinker around for the rest of the “regular season,” continue building chemistry with new crew chief Darian Grubb and meld into the Joe Gibbs Racing organization as a whole. Congrats goes to Edwards, then for earning his first …

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Did You Notice? Indy Takes a Bite Out of NASCAR

IndyCar 2015 Indy Montoya and team victory credit Chris Owens

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Did You Notice? Two races headed in two markedly different directions? While the Indianapolis 500 went through its third straight ratings increase, reaching Nielsen numbers it hasn’t touched since 2008, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 hit a new low. The Sunday overnight of 3.6 was the worst since FOX started covering the event in 2001; it was …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

Charlotte Coca-Cola 600 Carl Edwards Flip Highlighted 2015 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Carl Edwards took advantage of fuel strategy to win his first race of 2015 and first driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards led only 25 laps but put himself in the lead by pitting with 62 laps to go and conserving fuel to the end, while the dominant cars were forced to pit. Meanwhile, Martin …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What’s up with Martin Truex Jr. & Tackling the Monster Mile

2015 Charlotte I CUP Martin Truex Jr racing CIA

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The Coca-Cola 600 provided what we  all look forward to in the Sprint Cup Series – pure excitement. The longest race on the Cup schedule not only proved to be a grueling race of showcasing endurance, but it also showcased team communication and smart decision-making when it came to pit stops. The race winner, Carl Edwards only …

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