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Did You Notice? Optical Illusions For NASCAR, Appeals & Michael Waltrip

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Did You Notice? Any specific reasons why Jimmie Johnson’s team failed pre-qualifying inspection at Charlotte? No, I don’t have them either. That’s ultimately the reason why a NASCAR appeals panel Tuesday threw out the most hotly debated P1 penalty since the sport developed a new system. It’s also left many fans in a state of confusion, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Truex’s Ceiling, Harvick’s Record & Newman’s Ire

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ONE: How far can Martin Truex Jr. go in 2015? What a popular victory that was on Sunday at Pocono Raceway for Martin Truex Jr. I know that I am meant to be scrupulously impartial – and for the most part I am, honest – but there was something about that win that really warmed …

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NASCAR 101: With 13 Down, Who Can Win with 13 to Go?

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Joey Logano. Jimmie Johnson. Kevin Harvick. Carl Edwards. Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kurt Busch. Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin. With 13 races run in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, these are the drivers who have punched a ticket to the Chase when it begins come September. A blistering pace when it comes to …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

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Breaking News: Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover. OK, maybe not a surprise headline but Johnson did lead just 23 laps and held off a green-white-checkered charge from teammate Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick. The victory marks his 10th at Dover, making him only the fifth driver to reach that milestone. The Monster had no mercy, …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part III

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So you might remember a few weeks ago when I graded the Sprint Cup full-timers through Driver Report Cards… and promptly stopped at the letter K. No, I don’t have a weird idea of what the alphabet should be, nor am I protesting the use of the letters L through Z. The third part just …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Drivers Don’t Have to Win to Make the Championship

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It’s sad, but before I even write the words for this week’s column I can already hear the screaming, gnashing of teeth and insults that will follow by the naysayers and contrarians who think they are smarter than the people running the sport. So, with that out of the way, let’s look at the No. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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Carl Edwards took advantage of fuel strategy to win his first race of 2015 and first driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards led only 25 laps but put himself in the lead by pitting with 62 laps to go and conserving fuel to the end, while the dominant cars were forced to pit. Meanwhile, Martin …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the All-Star Race

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It’s hard to believe that Joe Gibbs Racing had never been to victory lane in the All-Star Race. Well, that stat came to an end Saturday night as Denny Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick to win the million-dollar payout and gave JGR its first non-points win at Charlotte. Many would have probably put their money …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Spongebob 400 at Kansas

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Another rain delay and another late finish. This time Jimmie Johnson took advantage of a late-race caution and chose track position over tires/fuel to claim his season-leading third victory. Kevin Harvick led the second-most laps (53), but after pitting and taking two tires, was unable to catch Johnson in the few laps remaining. He managed another …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) You know how to tell when a NASCAR team is suddenly hot? Here’s the formula: Drop to the back of the pack due to an early-race incident. Then gradually work your way toward the front. Then, when what turns out to be the final caution comes out, instead of pitting with the other …

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Erik Jones Wins the Pole for the 2015 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas

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In his first weekend of doing double-duty between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, Erik Jones is off to quite the impressive start. The 18-year-old has won the pole for the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway with a track record time of 30.101 seconds. Leading the field for the third …

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Richard Childress Racing Loses Final Appeal, Luke Lambert Suspended


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Richard Childress Racing’s appeal? Denied. On Wednesday, RCR met with NASCAR officials for their final appeal against the penalties imposed against the No. 31 Sprint Cup team. The hearing took place at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C. Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss upheld the penalties, officially putting crew chief Luke Lambert under suspension …

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