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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

Dale Earnhardt Jr Bank Of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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It Takes More Than a Superstar to Keep a NASCAR Sponsor

It was reported Tuesday that the Home Depot will be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 20 Toyota at the end of the 2014 season. Color me unsurprised. Is it because JGR is an unsuccessful stable and the Home Depot never gets air time?  No. Not in the least.  Just about every week Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Prepping for the Future with Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez

Coming off of a championship-winning season with Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing has an obvious goal: to win another title. However, building for the future, even with secure funding for each of its four drivers for multiple seasons, has become the objective. Adding a plethora of drivers to its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR …

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2016 NASCAR Media Week: A Look Back at What Went Down

It was quite a week for the drivers, teams and media of NASCAR. For three days, they all gathered together inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., for the annual NASCAR Media Tour. Once the curtain fell on Thursday, the 2016 NASCAR season quickly appeared more clear as many announcements were made on …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

Sprint Unlimited Daytona

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Matt Kenseth

Kenseth, Matt 2015 Bank Of America 500 Charlotte

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

This 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season was quite memorable for Matt Kenseth. The veteran driver, in his third year with Joe Gibbs Racing, made the Chase once again and had five wins on the season. Those are the kind of things that every driver wants to achieve. But the legacy for Kenseth’s 2015 season won’t …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

Buescher, Chris, Kyle Busch And Erik Jones 2015 Nascar Champions Portraits

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And that’s a wrap for the 2015 season. Kyle Busch made potentially the most amazing comeback in NASCAR history. After missing the first 11 races, Busch grabbed four consecutive checkered flags and earned enough points to make himself Chase eligible. Once he secured his spot, Busch kept his nose clean and was able to advance to …

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Happiness Is… Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Finales

2015 Cwts Texas Erik Jones Burnout Beth Lunkenheimer

(Photo Credit: Beth Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

This weekend is the culmination of what sometimes feels like the endless NASCAR season. The Truck, Xfinity and Cup series all take their championship titles to Homestead undecided. The Truck and Xfinity series have done it the traditional way, with a season-long championship, and ones that have the second-place driver only about half a race …

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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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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Name Does Matter

2015 Martinsville Speedway Nscs Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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During the brouhaha over the Matt Kenseth–Joey Logano dustup two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch said something that was largely overlooked in the aftermath of the incident: That it’s not just about what happened, but whose names were over the doors on the cars involved. And it was easy to push the statement …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR Silly Season Shouldn’t Equal Stability

2015 Texas Ii Cup Erik Jones Cia

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Did You Notice? There was no penalty for a trio of Joe Gibbs Racing teams accused of trying to alter the splitters on their racecars? Our Jerry Jordan reported splitters had been adjusted to curve further inward, shaped with Bondo or resin in a way to push the car lower and closer to the racetrack. …

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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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