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Pace Laps: Revenge, Free Agency, and Champions Crowned

Nhra 2015 Las Vegas Erica Enders Celebrates Championship Courtesy Nhra Media

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Sprint Cup Series: They’re at it again. Just as Joey Logano had visions a fourth consecutive win of 2015 and first at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Kenseth came back on track multiple laps down and all the eyes turned to the other yellow car of Kenseth. Heated from the Kansas spin off Logano’s bumper two weeks …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Regan Smith’s Future and NASCAR’s Schedule Problem

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What a wild finish we had at Talladega. There are a lot of fans up in arms about whether the race should have finished under green and whether the race should have had more green-white-checkered attempts.  Whatever side you are on, the biggest controversy lies in the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish since the rules were …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Jimmie Johnson Cross a Line?

2015 Jimmie Johnson Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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Many took to social media on Sunday after Jimmie Johnson stayed on track during a late caution.  The move gave Johnson the race lead, but also trapped Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. a lap down in fast cars, which was beneficial to teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Is that kind of teamwork acceptable, or …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Audience Increases For NBC, Kansas

2015 Kansas Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Robert Laberge/nascar Via Getty Images

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Kansas last weekend saw a couple of interesting races. Matt Kenseth probably should have won both of them, but was denied on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, we all know that the 2003 champion is a little angry today, but he’ll get over it. Last weekend saw the Chase once again front and center on …

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Pace Laps: Bad Blood and Close Battles

Nhra 2015 Texas Winners Jerry Savoie Erica Enders Del Worsham Richie Crampton Courtesy Nhra Media

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Sprint Cup Series: Just as the No. 20 team thought its driver was set to make a trip to Victory Lane and notch a spot in the Eliminator 8, leader Matt Kenseth went spinning off of Joey Logano‘s front bumper on lap 267, dashing his hopes of heading into Talladega with nothing to worry about. …

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Regan Smith Will Not Return to JR Motorsports in 2016

Regan Smith sits in his No. 7 Tax Slayer car during practice for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International

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It was an assumption everyone made when JR Motorsports signed Elliott Sadler earlier this month. But Regan Smith made it official Friday afternoon when he confirmed he would not be returning to the organization next season. “I know I’m not going to be back to JR Motorsports next year for sure,’’ Smith told NBC Sports’s …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Regan Smith On… Hockey?

Regan Smith Charlotte Race For The Cure 300 2015 Mike Neff

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Regan Smith is the elder statesman at JR Motorsports, paired with “young gun” and reigning Xfinity Series champ Chase Elliott. This year, though it’s the old dog teaching everyone else new tricks, currently sitting third in points just 34 behind Chris Buescher. Smith finished fifth on Friday night and gained two points on Buescher, keeping …

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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Keys to Winning the Series Championship

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There are just four Xfinity Series races left in the 2015 season. Come Homestead in just over a month, a first-time champion will be crowned. Currently, it’s a four-driver race for the title, although Chris Buescher holds a healthy 18-point lead over Ty Dillon. Buescher, while not controlling his own destiny, likely needs to finish …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte

Austin Dillon Race For The Cure 300 2015 Charlotte Mike Neff (9)

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Kyle Busch led more than half the laps in the Drive for the Cure 300, but he wasn’t around for the one that counted. Instead, Busch ended the night in the garage as Austin Dillon made a clean sweep of Charlotte Motor Speedway, bookending his win in the May Xfinity Series race. Dillon, who started …

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Happiness Is… R.A.S, Regulars, and Sochi

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Another week, another sense that the sky is falling on NASCAR. The stands this past weekend showed a less than stellar crowd in attendance. Whether that can be credited to the threat of rain and overall gloomy weather, the popularity of football, or the fact that Dover is not what it once was, it doesn’t …

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Eyes on Xfinity: What Does the Future Look Like for Regan Smith?

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A headache the morning after a win is usually a good thing. Celebrating a solid, hard-earned victory is what life is all about in NASCAR. But then again, who actually likes having a hangover? Regan Smith does not know who he will be racing for in 2016, or in what series he will compete within. …

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Pace Laps: The Closer Does it Again, Safety 1st, and NHRA Keystone Nationals

Nhra 2015 Reading Winners Antron Brown Andrew Hines Chris Mcgaha Jack Beckman Courtesy Nhra Media

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Sprint Cup Series: The Closer is Back in It – Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway was simply Kevin Harvick’s day of reckoning. Between the unscheduled stop for fuel with two laps to go last week at New Hampshire to the drop of the green flag at the Monster Mile, the story became ever-so simple for …

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