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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Only one driver this season used Daytona 500 pole criteria to qualify for NASCAR’s revamped Clash: Danica Patrick. The former pole winner of the Great American Race suffered through a difficult offseason, one that featured Stewart-Haas Racing filing a lawsuit against Patrick’s sponsor Nature’s Bakery for pulling their 25-race sponsorship …

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Up to Speed: Does NASCAR have the Right Combination for 2017?

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With only one week left before the 2017 Daytona 500, drivers and teams of the newly-renamed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series are making final preparations for the biggest race of the year. Daytona International Speedway presents a challenge unlike most tracks in NASCAR.  The nature of pack racing in close quarters at 200 mph, leaving …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline – The 2017 season took an extra day to kick off thanks to rain on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, but The Clash did not disappoint. Joey Logano has proven to be a strong plate racer since joining Team Penske, and it showed again on Sunday. Avoiding the spinning cars …

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Joey Logano Dodges Last-Lap Crash to Win Clash at Daytona

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Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing went from following to hitting on the final lap of the Clash at Daytona International Speedway. After contact between Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin for the lead in Turn 1, Joey Logano dodged the spinning No. 11 Toyota to take his first win in the rain-postponed Clash at Daytona. …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy Hot-Start: Advance Auto Parts Clash

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11-13 November, 2016, Avondale, Arizona USA Joey Logano celebrates his win with a burnout © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off Saturday night when last season’s top performers hit the asphalt for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. The 17-car field is made up of former Daytona 500 pole sitters, 2016 Coors Light Pole Award winners, past Clash winners and 2016 playoff-eligible drivers. Also …

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Joey Logano Leads Opening Daytona Cup Practice

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Joey Logano kicked the year off right at Daytona International Speedway, leading the way in opening Daytona 500 practice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at a lap time of 46.604 seconds (193.116 mph). Logano, topping a trio of Fords at the top of the four-hour session, beat Aric Almirola by 0.015 seconds followed …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Joey Logano

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There is an old adage in racing (and elsewhere), that in order to win a championship, you must first lose a championship. If that’s the case, Joey Logano should be nearly unstoppable next year. Since the inception of NASCAR’s elimination-style Chase format in 2014, Logano has made appearances in the Championship 4 in two of those seasons …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Championship Edition

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The final race of the season ended with the kind of drama that NASCAR could only hope for when it devised the Chase system, and especially this current Chase system. There was no ceremonial ride around for 267 laps for the champion as there had been at times when the championship was all but won …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Historic 7th Sprint Cup Championship

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After one swift pass on a restart with two laps to go, Jimmie Johnson matched history in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. Scoring his first victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson beat championship rival Joey Logano to grab his seventh Sprint Cup Series championship. In just his 15th season, he’s now equaled Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt …

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Carl Edwards Shows Class of a Champion Amid Heartbreaking Loss

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Jimmie Johnson may have hoisted up his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at the end of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, but he wasn’t the only one who looked like a champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards made sure of that. Somehow, some way, Edwards’ bitter championship loss on Sunday managed to look even …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sudden Shift Hands Johnson Record-Tying Title

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Who’s in the headline – The elite level of NASCAR has increased by 50%. There are many gauges to judge the greats but championships are a huge differentiator. Jimmie Johnson took advantage of circumstances that fell his way, led the final three laps, and notched his seventh career title. Johnson shares the headline with Tony …

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The Agony of Defeat for Joey Logano: ‘This Hurts’

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10 laps is all that separated Joey Logano from his first Sprint Cup championship. One move to the inside on a restart gave him the inside track on that title. One accident, seconds later left him and championship contender Carl Edwards pondering what might have been. Logano, restarting third, made a move on Edwards, who forced …

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