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Fantasy Insider: Chasing NASCAR’s New Chase Game

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NASCAR introduced its new fantasy game that will begin next week called the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge. It will give fans a chance to predict which drivers will make it through each round of the Chase, with four being eliminated after the Dover race, four more being finished after Talladega and then four more after …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

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Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public …

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Five Points to Ponder: A Debut For One, One Veteran’s Record And One Race Left

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ONE: ONE TO GO: RICHMOND And then there was one. Just 300 miles and 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway separate us from the end of the regular season and the start of the newfangled Chase for the Sprint Cup format. Kasey Kahne became the 13th driver to win a race this season at Atlanta …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Divorce Papers – Making Sense of Turner Scott Motorsports

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To say it’s been a tumultuous 24 hours for anyone connected to Steve Turner and Harry Scott’s NASCAR Truck program is putting it mildly. Early Wednesday afternoon, Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reported Turner Scott Motorsports had shut down all three of its Truck Series teams effective immediately. According to Spencer’s report, crew chief Mike Shelton delivered …

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Fantasy Insider: Gauging NASCAR “Bubble” Brilliance At Atlanta

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Playoff scenarios. You may be bored with all the “what ifs” but when it comes to your fantasy roster, they’re a “what launches” you above your competition. Just what drivers may or may not do with a Chase spot on the line could well factor into how your fantasy team does these next couple of …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

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You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

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Key Moment – With 67 laps to go the caution flag flew for what ended up being the final time on Saturday night. Matt Kenseth stayed on the track with four other cars while Joey Logano headed to pit lane and bolted on four fresh bolognas. When the race restarted, Logano took the green in sixth position and quickly sliced …

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Four Burning Questions in Bristol: Bristol’s Rebirth & Contentious Confrontations

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It’s got history, it’s got action and it brings out the very best and very worst of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ drivers. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, tonight is the Bristol night race. Frankly, this event needs no introduction; the track’s history precedes itself. The race has long been one of the marquee races on …

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Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson Pace Bristol Nationwide Series Practices

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After two consecutive weeks of turning left and right, the Nationwide Series returned to the high banks of the Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday for practice sessions in preparation for tomorrow night’s Food City 300. Championship points leader Chase Elliott was the fastest man in town in opening practice, piloting his No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet …

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Fantasy Insider: The Short and Long of It All at Bristol

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I had the pleasure of being in the Charlotte area this week and spent one of those days doing something that I had wanted to do for quite some time. That was take a tour (of sorts) of several NASCAR team buildings and shops. These weren’t scheduled, it was just sort of a random thing …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan

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Give Jeff Gordon enough chances and he’ll eventually beat you. That’s what happened to Joey Logano as Jeff Gordon pulled off a flawless restart with 17 laps to go, taking the lead and claiming his third win of the season. It’s the most wins Gordon has had in a single season since 2011. It was …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

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Last week, I put out there that, while tragic, the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. was totally avoidable on two separate fronts. First, don’t do insanely stupid things like Ward did; and second, a sanctioning body could have had a rule that makes enraged drivers think twice about doing insanely stupid things when it is …

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