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NASCAR Mailbox: Will the Chase get ‘Rowdy?’

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Love it or hate it. For years, most NASCAR fans have fallen into one of these two camps when it comes to road course racing on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. After this past weekend’s action at Sonoma Raceway, opinions may have changed for the better. There was some great racing, complete with nine lead …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Dear NBC… Part III

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Editor’s Note: This column is the final in a three-part series Matt’s writing about the pending return of NBC to covering the sport full-time. Check out the first two parts below! Beside the Rising Tide: Dear NBC… Part I Beside the Rising Tide: Dear NBC… Part II But now on to matters that could start your …

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Report: Tony Stewart to sit out Bristol; Jeff Burton in for second straight weekend

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According to Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s Dave Moody, Tony Stewart will miss his third straight Sprint Cup Series race in a row following the August 9th tragedy at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park that resulted in the death of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr.    https://twitter.com/DGodfatherMoody/status/501806594590789632/   Moody added on SiriusXM Speedway with Dave Moody on SiriusXM Radio today that …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

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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? Jimmie Johnson‘s luck at Michigan International Speedway has never been …

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Tony Stewart Sitting Out at Michigan, Jeff Burton to Drive No. 14

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Tony Stewart will again be absent when the Sprint Cup Series takes the green flag this Sunday. Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that Stewart, who was involved in a fatal sprint car accident in upstate New York state last weekend, will not compete in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Sprint Cup Series veteran …

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Five Points to Ponder: A Week Off, the Lost Shepherd and Burton’s (Possibly) Final Run

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ONE: A MUCH DESERVED WEEK OFF It’s a temporary respite this weekend for the Sprint Cup circus as NASCAR’s top series goes dark for one final time before the stretch run to the finish in November. For the drivers, crews and teams it’s a chance to catch their collective breath ahead of a grueling 17 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 at Loudon

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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? He may not have had a top finish, but he …

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Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

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For some NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, these are now desperate times. With a win needed to be guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the Championship, and 11 winners so far after 18 races, that means points don’t mean much at all to some drivers. Part of the issue is that of the 11 winners, …

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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR Turns Wrestling at Phoenix

It used to be the greatest indictment of NASCAR after a controversial event was that it was “becoming just like big-time wrestling.” Which after this weekend’s fracas at Phoenix International Raceway I say, “FINALLY.” Let’s be honest. Wrestling is awesome. Back in the late 1990s when NASCAR was in its heyday and being thrust into …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2012 AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix

Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer, collecting Joey Logano and Aric Almirola as the field was coming to the white flag. The result was a green-white-checkered finish, one that saw Danica Patrick wreck on the first of two laps, lay down a large amount of oil on the track, then cause a complete melee on the front straight as the cars came to the checkered flag. The final wreck tore up over half-a-dozen race cars while the incident between Gordon and Bowyer set off a rumble in the garage, one reminiscent of the Tide team vs. the Kodiak crew at the 1989 Winston.