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Blown Motor Hurts Championship Hopes for Martin Truex, Jr. in Talladega

2016 Cup Talladega Martin Truex Jr. Zach Catanzareti

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It didn’t take long before the ultimate wild-card track ate up a championship favorite. Shortly following the opening round of pit stops in Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, pole winner Martin Truex, Jr. suffered a blown motor, forcing the No. 78 driver to bring it to the garage on Lap 41. “I felt like …

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Martin Truex Jr. Grabs Talladega Pole

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Amidst some mid-qualifying controversy, Martin Truex Jr., earned the pole for the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, ripping around the 2.66-mile track in 49. 508 seconds [193.423 mph]. The pole is his fourth of 2016, 11th of his Sprint Cup series career and first at Talladega. “It’s definitely the place to be to start the …

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The Fronstretch 5: Final Races and What to Expect

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1. Talladega If there’s anything to expect about Talladega it’s that you shouldn’t expect anything. The nature of restrictor-plate racing, especially at the Alabama track, makes it pretty much one giant crapshoot. While some drivers certainly have more skill than others at the track, one mistake by somebody else can erase it all in an …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte’s Wild-Card Edition

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The first race in the second round of the Chase took place Sunday at Charlotte, and while some of the 12 Chase teams escaped with good finishes, others have a lot of work to do in the next two races if they want to reach the round of eight. While it’s not uncommon to hear …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Wins Charlotte – Joey Logano or Martin Truex, Jr.?

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Who Wins Charlotte, Joey Logano or Martin Truex, Jr.? If you add up the numbers 78 and 22, what do you get? The score that both Martin Truex, Jr. and Joey Logano have at Charlotte Motor Speedway as of late. How can it not be a 100 percent? Truex, who has won three of the …

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Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing Announce New Sponsors

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A pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup teams announced new sponsorship deals on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Hendrick Motorsports added uniform service company UniFirst to its No. 5 car.  The 8-year deal covers two races in 2016 and 2017, with the first at Talladega in two weeks, …

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Did You Notice? … Green-Flag Racing Is NASCAR’s New Normal

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Did You Notice? … Martin Truex, Jr. is having one of the most unexpected career surges in Sprint Cup history? Keep in mind, just two years ago he led just a single lap all season with his single-car, Furniture Row Racing No. 78 car based out in Colorado. Truex wasn’t even supposed to last beyond the 2015 season at …

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The 10: Masters of the Monster Mile

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Would you look at that? He did it again. Martin Truex, Jr., surged ahead of the field –and I mean way ahead, by over 10 seconds– to claim a dominant victory in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, his fourth of 2016. With it, he also soared right back atop our power rankings. I know. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Chase Stymies Dover Enjoyment

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Author’s Note: This week, we’re going to keep this column to just the Cup race.  I will cover the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series races later this week. Martin Truex, Jr. kicked some butt on Sunday.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was more than fine with that. I can appreciate a good ass kicking. Some might call …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Chase Elimination Edition

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Sunday’s Sprint Cup contest at Dover served as the first Chase elimination inside NASCAR’s ten-race playoff. That means we had to say goodbye to four of the 16 drivers who, just a few short weeks ago believed they were the favorites to hold up the championship trophy in Homestead. As the Monster Mile showed us, despite a clean race Sunday holding on to a spot …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex, Jr. Dominates at Dover

Who’s In The Headline Martin Truex, Jr. is on fire to start this Chase. Round 1 has been a showcase for he and the No. 78 team, who won the first race at Chicagoland, then came close in the second at New Hampshire before late restarts shuffled them back. At Dover, they had the second-fastest …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Citizen Soldier 400

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? With so many drivers making the Chase, the early races are all about them in the finishing order, but there was one party crasher in the top 10 in the form of Jeff Gordon in the No. 88. Gordon led seven laps late, but needed a late caution that …

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