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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

2015 Bristol Ii Cup Joey Logano Burnout Cia

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The list is short of drivers that can win at Bristol and successfully defend that victory the following year, but you can add Joey Logano to that list. After winning the night race last season, Logano led 176 laps Saturday night and held off Kevin Harvick to pick up his third win of the season. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Burnout Cia

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Another week of fuel mileage paid off again for Matt Kenseth. He dominated the race Sunday afternoon, leading a race-high 146 laps, and had enough fuel to cross the line first. This win is Kenseth’s third of the season and second in the past three weeks. He now sits solely in the third seed behind …

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5 Points to Ponder: An Emerging Austin Dillon

2015 Pocono Cwts Richard Childress Austin Dillon Cia

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ONE: Chicagoland will be the real test for JGR There’s no question it has been a wonderful stretch of racing for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, and in particular Kyle Busch. In an eight-race stretch starting at Sonoma Raceway, JGR has won a total of six events (four wins for Busch and two for …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Edition

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Aj Allmendinger Kyle Busch Racing Cia

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Now that we are down to just three races remaining in NASCAR’s “regular season,” the pressure is officially on for drivers who don’t have a coveted win to go for it at all costs. And there may be no better place for the first of these pressure-cooker races to happen than at Bristol on Saturday …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

Matt Kenseth poses with the trophy after winning the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Starting from the back after an engine change, Austin Dillon and his No. 3 team knew they had to try something to gain track position, so they went with a pit strategy that put Dillon off-sequence from the rest of the field but gained him the track position …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Team Trophy Cia

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing established their dominance early in the weekend and threw down the gauntlet in qualifying by putting their cars first through third, and all four in the top six. When the race started, Matt Kenseth took advantage of his 16th career pole and a very strong car to race off …

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Martin Truex Jr. Tops Final 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Practice at Michigan

2015 Michigan I Cup Martin Truex Jr Cole Pearn Cia

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Martin Truex Jr. continued a run of strong superspeedway showings on Saturday, topping final practice for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Truex ran a scorching 37.553-second, 191.729-mph lap to top the session for Furniture Row Racing. Last week’s winner Joey Logano ended the session in second with a time of 37.654 seconds. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Joey Logano Woohoo Cia

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Another race determined by fuel strategy in the closing laps. Unlike last week in Pocono, Joey Logano had enough fuel to get to the checkered flag first and sweep the weekend at Watkins Glen. It looked like Kevin Harvick was going to finally pick up his third win of the season but lost fuel pressure …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Joey Logano poses with the trophy after winning the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International

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Who’s in the headline – Weekend sweeps seem to happen quite frequently these days, with some of the winning drivers from the Cup Series running the companion races that are scheduled on many race weekends. Surprisingly, this weekend featured the first time such a sweep took place at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano had never run a …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Fantasy Preview

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Kurt Busch Car Cia

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Just northwest of last week’s race in the Pocono Mountains is Watkins Glen, the sight of this weekend’s race. Watkins Glen is in the Finger Lakes region of New York surrounded by beautiful New York wine country. Watkins Glen also holds a gem of a road course racetrack and that’s where NASCARS drivers will be …

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Road King Jeff Gordon Paces Final 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Practice

2015 Loudon I Cup Jeff Gordon Vertical Cia

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The second Sprint Cup practice for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 went to Jeff Gordon. Gordon, with nine NASCAR Sprint Cup victories between Watkins Glen and Sonoma, put down a fast lap of 127.333 mph to lead the final road course practice session of his career. Kyle Larson (127.049), Greg Biffle (126.987), Kyle Busch (126.837) and Joey …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Windows 10 400 at Pocono

2015 Pocono Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Burnout Cia

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It was a wild race at Pocono from the drop of the green flag and no one knew who was going to win until the checkered flag flew. In the end, Matt Kenseth played the fuel strategy game perfectly. With two laps to go, he came from fourth to pass Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and …

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