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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

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Penske Racing has asserted itself as the team to beat for the Championship. Joey Logano recorded his fourth victory of the season, first in the Chase and third consecutive win for Penske Racing overall. Both Brad Keselowski and Logano have automatically advanced to the top-12 Contender round. Survival was the name of the game Sunday …

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Fantasy Insider: Look For A Slice Of NASCAR History Repeating

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We could see some familiar faces back up front at New Hampshire. The end of last Sunday’s race at Chicagoland saw Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson running up front for much of the event, with Keselowski winning and guaranteeing himself one of 12 spots in the next round of the Chase. Rookie Larson, through hard …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Chicago

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If starting first, leading all but seven laps, winning the race and claiming the top seed in the Chase at Richmond was enough for Brad Keselowski to make a championship statement, no one told him. He came from 25th place Sunday afternoon, led 62 laps and claimed his fifth overall and series-leading victory. On top …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a chance for 16 of the best drivers to start anew, but with only 10 races, divided into four segments, those drivers have very little time to make an impression and even less room for error before eliminations are made. It’s a fragile state that promises to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chicagoland – Brad Keselowski Threads the Needle to the Second Round of the Chase

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Key Moment – Brad Keselowski was running in second when he made a yellow flag pit stop on lap 183. His team felt they did not properly secure the right rear tire to the car on the stop so they returned to pit lane and changed the tires again. As a result, Keselowski restarted behind …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland

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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? The talk on Sunday was mostly about the Chase competitors, …

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Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

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Kyle Larson has lived up to the hype that preceded him prior to the start of the season. But what about the rest of the rookie contenders? Credit: CIA Stock Photography

  Kyle Larson turned up the aggression and performed remarkably in the closing stages and during much of the MyAFibStory.com 400. In his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie who just missed out on a spot in the new ten-race Chase format showed no weakness as he fought season-long championship contenders …

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Fantasy Insider: Separating Your Team From the Chase

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Yes, it’s certainly easy to understand all the talk about the Chase for the Championship heading into Chicago. We understand that in the real NASCAR world that what happens in each of the next three sets of races is the most important part of the season before the finale at Homestead. However, if you’ve been …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond

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After 26 races and 13 race winners, the 2014 Chase field has been set. Brad Keselowski made a championship statement Saturday night, leading 383 of the 400 laps en route to his season-leading fourth victory. With his win, Keselowski claimed the number one seed as the Chase standing reset heading to Chicago. Results were mixed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

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The Chase was the name of the game last weekend, which is probably how things should be. After all, regardless of one’s opinion of NASCAR’s playoffs, it’s certainly the focal point of the next 10 races, meaning the lead-in is just as important when it comes to determining who gets to play and who’s left …

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Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

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When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, …

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