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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

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Penske Racing has asserted itself as the team to beat for the Championship. Joey Logano recorded his fourth victory of the season, first in the Chase and third consecutive win for Penske Racing overall. Both Brad Keselowski and Logano have automatically advanced to the top-12 Contender round. Survival was the name of the game Sunday …

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Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing Test at Texas Motor Speedway

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With Texas Motor Speedway being near the bottom of the Sprint Cup Series schedule, there’s no doubt it’ll be a pivotal race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That’s why on Monday and Tuesday, Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, along with Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and …

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Stanley Black & Decker Moves to JGR In 2015

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Wednesday that Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of hand and power tools, along with accessories, will move to the soon-to-be four car operation starting with the 2015 season.  The Stanley Tools division will serve as the primary sponsor on Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota in 12 races next season, …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Chicago

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If starting first, leading all but seven laps, winning the race and claiming the top seed in the Chase at Richmond was enough for Brad Keselowski to make a championship statement, no one told him. He came from 25th place Sunday afternoon, led 62 laps and claimed his fifth overall and series-leading victory. On top …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

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When you think of Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage on TV broadcasts, what do you think of? Coverage of the playoffs, sure, but how about the other 27 drivers racing for something other than the title? Surely you expect some coverage thrown their way, right? If the first race of the Chase, held last …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a chance for 16 of the best drivers to start anew, but with only 10 races, divided into four segments, those drivers have very little time to make an impression and even less room for error before eliminations are made. It’s a fragile state that promises to …

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Happiness Is… Change, Being Invited & Lameness

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With the Chase now set to begin (finally) this Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, the focus can shift from who’s making the playoffs to who’s going to win the championship.  The hype and hoopla surrounding this newer format of NASCAR’s postseason has been with us this entire season.  In fact, it feels like it’s been all …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

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After 26 races and 13 race winners, the 2014 Chase field has been set. Brad Keselowski made a championship statement Saturday night, leading 383 of the 400 laps en route to his season-leading fourth victory. With his win, Keselowski claimed the number one seed as the Chase standing reset heading to Chicago. Results were mixed …

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The Frontstretch Five: Memorable Chase Moments

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! 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, Amy says that love it or …

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Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

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This new elimination-style playoff format has many people believing that some of the Chase underdogs have a chance at the title as along as they keep their noses clean and survive each round. I want to dispel that rumor right now. The cream is still going to rise to the top, as it always does. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with 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? It’s hard enough to drive a Sprint Cup car …

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Four Burning Questions: Underdogs, Weather and Richmond Dominance

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Twenty- five weeks of grueling competition across the tracks of the Sprint Cup Series all comes to a head Saturday night at the Richmond International Raceway in the Federated Auto Parts 400 as the field for the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup will be set. As always, there are numerous storylines headlining …

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