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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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Friday Faceoff: How Many More Wins for Jimmie Johnson?

2015 Texas Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Trophy Cia

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Jimmie Johnson will become the active win leader after Homestead-Miami Speedway (and a certain champion’s retirement) with 75.  Can Johnson surpass Jeff Gordon‘s 93 Cup wins for third all-time?  Where should we expect him to end up for a career total? Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: That will depend on how long Johnson chooses to …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 AAA Texas 500

2015 Texas Ii Cup Pack Racing Cia

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And then there were two… races that is. Despite the fact that there are three races in the Eliminator Round, by virtue of non-Chaser Jimmie Johnson‘s win last weekend, two drivers at most will make it to the championship race based on wins. It’s possible that three drivers could make it in on points if another non-Chaser …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix Edition

2015 Texas Ii Cup Bradkeselowski Leads Cia

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The NASCAR season is down to its final two races and there are still a lot of questions to be answered. One thing that cannot be questioned is that each of the last four races have been filled with their share of controversy. Don’t expect that to change next week as there are still seven …

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