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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Final 4 By The Numbers

Kevin Harvick Bank Of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Did You Notice? Kevin Harvick could put an exclamation point on one of the better seasons of NASCAR’s modern era? After a second-place result Sunday at Phoenix he now has 19 top-three finishes in 35 starts. That’s a number not soon to be repeated in an era where 20 to 25 cars are capable of winning …

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2-Headed Monster: Can An Underdog Upset the Championship Favorites?

2014 Homestead Cup Kevin Harvick Wins Cia

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It’s been a long season, but the end of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is upon us. Only 400 miles separates one of drivers from racing immortality as the 2015 NSCS champion. A quick scan of the Championship 4 – Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. – shows that a David …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

2015 Phoenix Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Trophy Cia

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And then there were four. After waiting all afternoon and into the evening for weather to clear, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-shortened race at Phoenix. It was Junior’s third win of the season, keeping a potential Chase driver from winning his way into the championship race at Homestead. The final four drivers heading into …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Difficult Decisions for NASCAR in Phoenix

Busch, Kurt 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Penalty Phoenix

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So here we are. The final weekend of the 2015 NASCAR season and man has it gone by fast. Think of all the storylines we have heading into Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead. Remember when Kyle Busch was injured in the season-opener crash in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona? That is now nine …

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5 Points to Ponder: And Then There Were 4

2015 Martinsville Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Trophy Cia

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ONE: The Retiring Legend Only NASCAR could have a six-hour rain delay in the desert. Come to California please, NASCAR; we need some rain. I am also wondering if the precipitation was anything to do with the track being renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the day? Either that or it was me boldly and confidently …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Edition

Harvick, Kevin 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Phoenix

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It’s hard to decide which song to attach to what turned out to be a marathon day and night at Jeff Gordon (or Phoenix International, as its usually known) Raceway on Sunday. You’ve got “The Waiting” by Tom Petty, or maybe the old “Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt and of course, “A Hard Day’s Night” …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

Earnhardt, Dale Jr. 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Victory Lane Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? If we learned one thing this year, it’s that with the current race car configuration, it’s hard to pass. Even if you have a fast car, making a pass is easier said than done. And while both Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson put themselves in bad positions via penalties …

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Up to Speed: Mixed Emotions Following Rain-Shortened Phoenix Semi-Final

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

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Weather can certainly have its way in influencing motorsports and this was true at Phoenix International Raceway. That’s right, even a racetrack in the middle of the desert is not safe from the woes brought on by a steady downpour. Following a nearly seven-hour delay for rain, the penultimate race of the season finally went green under …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Steals Rain-Shortened 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Win in Phoenix

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

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Only for NASCAR does it rain in the desert. For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the returning rain during Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Jeff Gordon Raceway brought a victory as the race was officially called after 219 laps, granting the sport’s Most Popular Driver a third win at Phoenix and of the 2015 Sprint …

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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

2015 Texas Cup Brad Keselowski Car

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OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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4 Burning Questions in Phoenix: Will Kevin Harvick Drive to 5 Straight?

2015 Kevin Harvick Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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1. Will Kevin Harvick drive to five straight at Phoenix? The track may be called Jeff Gordon Raceway in tribute to the four-time champion, but don’t get the wrong idea, this is still the place owned by Kevin Harvick. With four consecutive days ending in Victory Lane, you have to look at the laps led …

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