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Phoenix Semifinal Lives Up to the Hype to Set Up a Dramatic Championship 4

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Fans upset by an apparent lack of drama through the opening eight races of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup need to look no further than Phoenix International Raceway to get their fill of chaos and emotion. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entered the year’s penultimate race amid a relatively quiet Chase, at least …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

2016 Nascar Phoenix

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Can-Am 500

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? He’s not a rookie — he actually has two full Cup seasons under his belt — but Alex Bowman might as well be one in some respects.  He’s seen the tracks, but he’s never really raced against the top drivers in the series on a weekly basis for …

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Up to Speed: Winning at Phoenix Gives Logano an Opportunity for Redemption

2016 Phoenix International Raceway Nscs Joey Logano Checkered Flag Photo Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

After a hard-fought victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Joey Logano now has one last race standing between him and his first Sprint Cup Series championship. Oh, and three other drivers who want it just as badly. For Logano, however, this will not be his first time in this situation. NASCAR announced an elimination-style …

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Joey Logano Grabs Thrilling Phoenix Victory Toward Championship 4 Berth

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Joey Logano John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

When the No. 20 of Matt Kenseth left a wall of smoke in the first turn of Phoenix International Raceway, it was a now-or-never moment for Joey Logano. Sitting in a tie with Kyle Busch for the final position in the Championship 4, Logano took advantage of a late crash to grab the victory in …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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Joey Logano Walks Away from Texas Disappointed in 2nd-Place Finish

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

He led a race high 178 laps, but instead of going to Victory Lane, Joey Logano walked away disappointed with a runner-up finish, his fourth on the season. After taking the lead on the restart, following five laps of a running under yellow to begin the race, Logano relinquished that top spot just twice in …

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Carl Edwards Wins Rain-Shortened AAA Texas 500, Advances to Championship 4

2016 Indianapolis Cup Chase Elliott Carl Edwards Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

The very thing that kept Carl Edwards out of the Championship 4 in 2015 had his back Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. That thing, of course, was rain. Following a five-hour weather delay to start the afternoon in Texas, the rain returned with 42 laps to go, giving race leader Carl Edwards the race victory. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Trick or Treat Edition

Jimmie Johnson Sunlight Burnout Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

The first race in the third round of the Chase was a bit of a treat for some drivers and teams and maybe a bit of trick for others trying to become one of the four drivers to compete for the title in Homestead later this month. And of course, one of those drivers is …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins 2nd Straight Pole of 2016

Cup Martinsville Martin Truex, Jr. Martinsville Speedway

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For the second consecutive week, it’s Martin Truex, Jr. who will lead the field to green in the Sprint Cup Series. Winning the pole last week at Talladega – the biggest, fastest track on the circuit – Truex came to the shortest and slowest track of Martinsville Speedway and backed it up, winning his fifth …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Impact of Limiting Cup Drivers in Lower Series

2016 Ncwts Kyle Busch Chicagoland Woohoo Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

After years of receiving criticism about NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers dominating races in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, the sanctioning body finally listened to people. On Wednesday morning, NASCAR announced it would limit the participation of Sprint Cup drivers in the lower two divisions, with a maximum of 10 races allowed …

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