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NASCAR 101: Who Can Join the List of Loudon Winners?

2014 Loudon Ii Cup Joey Logano Wins Cia

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Prior to the Sylvania 300 last fall, New Hampshire Motor Speedway produced 11 straight races with 11 different winners. It’s a streak that at the time was the longest such one in the Sprint Cup Series. The parity was great for the sport. Instead of going into the weekend largely knowing who would dominate (Jimmie …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Edition

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There was all sorts of stuff going on this past weekend at Kentucky. First, there was the new aerodynamic package that teams were supposed to get a chance to test in the days before qualifying and the race. But that and the qualifying never happened because of rain. That left the field to be set …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

NASCAR Sprint Cup cars race at KEntucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400.

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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? On a night where a lack of pre-race practice with …

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Sophomore Star: Kyle Larson Tops Final 2015 Quaker State 400 Practice at Kentucky

2015 Kentucky Cup Kyle Larson Car Cia

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In Friday’s first practice session, Kyle Larson set the quickest time on the session in qualifying trim. In the second session, Larson managed the same feat in race trim. Larson put down a 178.412-mph lap to top Friday’s 90-minute final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice before Saturday’s Quaker State 400. Larson, who will start on the pole …

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Rain Cancels 2015 Quaker State 400 Qualifying Sessions at Kentucky, Larson Takes Pole

2015 Nascar Headshots Cup Kyle Larson Credit Nascar

For the second straight week, rain has plagued NASCAR, forcing them to cancel qualifying. NASCAR officials announced on Friday afternoon that planned qualifying sessions for both the Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway have been cancelled. JJ Yeley and Kyle Larson are on the poles for tonight’s Xfinity Series race and tomorrow’s Cup …

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Kyle Larson Leads Rain-Shortened 2015 Quaker State 400 Practice at Kentucky

2015 Michigan I Cup Kyle Larson Leads Kurt Busch Cia

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Nearly 48 hours after their first planned on-track time, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finally made their way onto Kentucky Speedway to test the new low-downforce rules package. 49 minutes later, rain brought the session to an early end. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson laid down a 182.537-mph lap to top …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Small Teams & Sonoma Longshots

2014 Sonoma Cup Jamie Mcmurray Car Cia

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Did You Notice? … Sonoma is a track capable of producing a surprise winner? There have been 10 winners in the last 10 Sprint Cup races there, the perfect mix of David and Goliath. For every Jeff Gordon on that list, there’s a Juan Pablo Montoya. For every Kyle Busch, there’s a Martin Truex Jr. It …

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Up To Speed: The Best of the Rest Heading Into Sonoma

2015 Michigan I Cup Kyle Larson Leads Kurt Busch Cia

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We say it every year, but I’m always amazed at how fast the racing season passes by. One day the excitement of the Daytona 500 sets upon us, providing much needed racing after a long, cold offseason. Soon after, it’s the first day of summer, Father’s Day weekend, the sun is beating down on most of the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan I Cup Kurt Busch Trophy Cia

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Another week of rain showers, but this time Mother Nature got the best of NASCAR. After four rain delays and hours of starting and stopping the race to dry the track, NASCAR officials called it with 62 laps to go when the skies opened up and took final control of the day. Kurt Busch was declared …

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NASCAR Mailbox: A New Rules Package & Kyle Larson vs. the Rain

2015 Michigan I Cup Kyle Larson Car Cia

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Rain was the star of the day on Sunday in the Irish Hills of Michigan. The on again, off again race that resulted in a rain-shortened finish and a total of four red flags worked its magic for Kurt Busch for his second 2015 victory. But for drivers like Kyle Larson, who gambled on fuel and …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Off-Week Edition

2015 Michigan I Cup Martin Truex Jr Close Cia

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It was just hard to tell who was hot or not and during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan. It was all due to the weather as the 400-miler that eventually ended up being a 276-miler was an on, off, on, off and yet on and finally off for good event. Here is a look …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan I Cup Kurt Busch Racing Cia

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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? Think that a win due to a rain call is …

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