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Fantasy Insider: NASCAR Flat Track Fortunes

2014 Pocono I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Trophy Cia

Can Dale Earnhardt, Jr. complete the Pocono sweep this weekend at Pocono?

This is generally considered the hottest time of the year in most parts of the nation and when you’re looking for good fantasy picks for your team, you’re looking for who the hottest drivers will be. One driver in the past capable of running off a rare winning streak in NASCAR was Jeff Gordon. He …

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Voice of Vito: Crew Chief Central – Junior’s New One, Grubb’s No-No

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Engineering the Future for Junior The big news that came down yesterday was the announcement that Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2015. The move comes well ahead of The Chase to avoid any distractions for the driver who will experience a rebirth under current crew chief Steve Letarte. …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Indianapolis

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Jeff Gordon carries the checkered flag after winning the 2014 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. (Credit: CIA)

It seemed as if it could have been scripted. 20 years after Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400, on ‘Jeff Gordon Day’, he scored his second win of the 2014 season and record fifth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, led the most laps, but Gordon took advantage of a late restart …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rookie Magic Turned Tricky Triangle

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ONE: What Does a Fifth Brickyard Victory Mean for Jeff Gordon? After winning four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, 90 career victories (third all-time), 445 top-10 finishes, three Daytona 500 victories and now a fifth career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the most all-time on the oval at IMS), what does the win on Sunday really …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

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It looks like NASCAR has caught a case of flat-track fever. With stops in New Hampshire, Indianapolis, and Pocono all bunched together, Cup’s top flat-track talent has another chance to shine as the Chase closes in. This week, Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the proverbial meat in the flat-track sandwich – served as the stage for …

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Four Burning Questions at the Brickyard: The Drive for Five and an IndyCar Ringer

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simply reading those three words in succession should incite a fit of shivers up the spine of any race fan worth his/her salt. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will invade the historic facility today for the 21st annual Brickyard 400. It seems wild to think that Indianapolis has been on the schedule for …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everyone’s Got An Achilles’ Heel

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It seems as though the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season started just last week, but suddenly it’s midsummer and the countdown to the Chase is in the single digits and clicking lower. It’s been a quirky season — teams who looked unbeatable early faded, teams who looked out to lunch surged into the spotlight. A …

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Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

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What is the most memorable Brickyard 400 moment of all time? Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to …

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The Calm Before The Storm

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If nothing else, NASCAR enters this particular Monday morning well rested. Fresh off its last Sprint Cup off weekend, the news cycle slowed to a crawl last week as most participants were busy enjoying life elsewhere, away from the cameras on some Caribbean island. Even those who stayed at home would rather relax, mowing their …

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Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Jimmis Johnson and Casey Mears race at Kentucky Speedway July 2014.

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It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting …

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Nuts for Nationwide: In 2014, It’s JR Motorsports or Nothing

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The JR Motorsport juggernaut rolls on in 2014, with its latest stop having been the Daytona International Speedway. The team left with another win, making it No. 6 on the season, as well as a 1-2 finish with Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith, and regained the driver point lead with Smith. The further the season …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

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It was not the way anyone expected or wanted the race to end, but one fact cannot be denied: Aric Almirola is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He put the famed No. 43 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999, launching it right into the 2014 Chase during the …

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