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Kyle Busch Captures 2015 Sprint Cup Championship with Homestead Win

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Sweet, sweet victory. Overcoming near-impossible odds through the 2015 NASCAR season, Kyle Busch capped it off with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and his first Sprint Cup Series championship, holding off reigning title holder Kevin Harvick. “I dont know that anybody could have ever dreamed of this year,” Busch said. …

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Joey Logano Fastest in 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Happy Hour

Logano, Joey 2015 Ford Ecoboost 400 Practice Homestead

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On Saturday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series finally managed to get in a full practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After rains shortened Xfinity Series qualifying to only two rounds, track crews worked hard to get the surface back into racing shape. By 1 p.m., the track was ready to go for 50 minutes of practice. …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Denny Hamlin Scores Final Pole of 2015 Cup Season at Homestead

Hamlin, Denny 2015 Ford Ecoboost 400 Pole Award

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The battle for the Sprint Cup Series championship will start in Denny Hamlin‘s rear-view mirror. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver won the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, putting the No. 11 Toyota up front over all four title contenders. The pole, won with a speed of 176.655 mph is the 23rd …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Will Win It All?

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After the Phoenix Chase race was delayed and cut short by rain, some are calling for NASCAR to change the rules for Chase races so that all laps are completed, even if it’s the next day. Should NASCAR create a new rule? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: That’s a hard call.  If you make a rule …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Does the Champion Matter?

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Not much is for certain in racing but here’s one thing that is: At the end of the weekend, NASCAR will crown a champion at its highest level. The four drivers still standing consist of the aging hero on his way into the sunset, the reigning champ and resident bad boy, the comeback kid, and …

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4 Burning Questions at Homestead: Can Jeff Gordon Go Out on Top?

Jeff Gordon Bank Of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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1. CAN JEFF GORDON GO OUT ON TOP? John Elway. Lorena Ochoa. Ray Lewis. Ned Jarrett. It’s not often that a superstar has the opportunity to retire as a champion of their sport. Those four athletes are part of a select few that have, and this weekend Jeff Gordon aims to join them. If Gordon …

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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