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5 Points to Ponder: The Worst Kind of Milestone and Missed Opportunities

2015 Dover Ii Cup Jamie Mcmurray Car Cia

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ONE: Missed opportunities When the champion driver hoists the wavy silver trophy above his head and the glitter cannon goes crazy at the conclusion to the Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway; if that wheelman is Kevin Harvick, the other three protagonists in the final four will rue the race at Dover International Speedway this …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

2015 Dover Ii Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Cia

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So now the Chase has been chopped down to 12 and the clock starts over for those drivers in terms of needing a win to move onto the next round. The fun begins Saturday night in Charlotte and no matter what happened in these first three Chase races, whoever is hot or not is defined …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick dominated the race and dominated the headlines. He drove from a 15th-place starting spot, due to qualifying being rained out, to the lead in just 23 laps. From then on, Harvick led 355 of the final 377 laps, only losing the lead during pit stops when drivers took two …

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Kevin Harvick Does It, Advances to Round 2 with 2015 AAA 400 Victory at Dover

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The driver they call “The Closer” simply did it at Dover International Speedway. Needing a win to advance to the Contender Round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase, Kevin Harvick grabbed the top spot on lap 24 and led an outstanding 355 laps – a career high for Harvick in a single race – …

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Jamie McMurray Ties with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Narrowly Misses Round 2 Cutoff

Dale Jr And Mcmurray

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Battling door-to-door on the final restart, a pair of friends battled for the final spot for the Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff. Attempting to tame Dover International Speedway, an intense duel for the third position during the final 24 laps created a mixture of emotions for two men who have raced against each other …

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Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick Top Short 2015 AAA 400 Practices in Dover

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Sprint Cup Series teams wasted no time when the green waved for the start of the first 17-minute practice session in preparation for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the final event of the Challenger Round. The shortened session saw Kasey Kahne top the boards at 22.429 seconds (160.506 mph). Carl Edwards was only 0.009 …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

2015 Loudon Ii Cup Denny Hamlin Window Cia

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Two races into the Chase and the Challenger Round continues to surprise and excite. After trouble in Chicago, Kevin Harvick knew he had to win to advance to the Contender Round. It looked like he was going to just that as he dominated most of the race, but he couldn’t stretch his fuel mileage far enough, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Myafibrisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

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One race into the Chase and fists are already flying. The incident between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson might have been unintentional, but the results could take Harvick out of Chase contention after the first round… unless he wins within the next two weeks, of course. Then will all be forgiven? Denny Hamlin made the “spin-and-win” …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Tony Stewart Won a Goldfish & He’s Pretty Excited About It

2015 Richmond Ii Cup Tony Stewart Clint Bowyer Cia

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  Getting ready for @ChicagolndSpdwy quick stop by @GreatClips pic.twitter.com/LHToaJLcqH — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) September 14, 2015 Kasey Kahne needed a new haircut just before traveling to Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend. Where did he go? Great Clips, of course… is there anywhere else? Everyone loves getting a new haircut every once in a while. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Edition

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Race No. 1 of the Chase is finished, but now you have to wonder if the pushing and shoving, on and off the track, is not. My guess here is an emphatic no, and I would say that’s an expected and good thing. There will be some intense moments as the races become more and …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Can a Chase Underdog Win It All?

2015 Richmond Ii Cup Ryan Newman Martin Truex Jr Cia

Martin Truex, Jr. hopes to accomplish what Ryan Newman came one position from doing in 2014. (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

As NASCAR sits on the brink of the Chase, it’s easy to pick out the favorites. They’re the ones at or near the top of the standings before the reset, the ones who have been consistently excellent all season long. When it comes right down to it, they’re the ones who probably deserve to win …

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