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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

2014 Pocono Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Woohoo Cia

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made another statement as to why he’s a top contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Sunday, sweeping both races at Pocono and scoring his third win of the season. To put this year’s performance into perspective, Junior won only one race in the past five seasons. It was an up …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Crown Royal/John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis

The better words here might be what affected the lack of action, because Sunday’s race, typical Indy fare, had far less of that than many events this year. And while tires and cars play a role, the fact that Indy itself is a big, flat track is what hurts the action the most. A racetrack can have all the history and prestige in the world for one type of racing, but that doesn’t make it an important place for everyone to race. Indy was built as a test track, and for Indy cars, it’s an ideal venue… but not for stock cars.

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

2014 Loudon I Cup Kasey Kahne Smiling Cia

Say what you will about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule — no, really; there’s a lot to say — but one thing it’s been as of late is consistent. As the series comes off its final off-weekend of the 2014 season, there are but 17 races left in the season. A quick glance at …

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Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

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What is the most memorable Brickyard 400 moment of all time? Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to …

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Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

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Prestigious. Historic. Spectacle. All three words suit the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, run annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The flat 2.5-mile track has proven time and time again that it suits America’s top open-wheel series. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves’ battle during the last laps of this year’s event further …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

2014 Loudon I Cup Cup Paul Menard Kevin Harvick Loser Cia

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Summer might be in full swing, but with seven races remaining before the Chase cutoff, things are only starting to heat up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Drivers and teams received a bit of rest and relaxation over the season’s final off week but now, it’s back to business as stock car racing’s best …

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Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Jimmis Johnson and Casey Mears race at Kentucky Speedway July 2014.

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It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting …

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Going By the Numbers: Ryan Newman Peaking at the Right Time

2014 Dover I Cup Ryan Newman Car Cia

Who’s the hottest driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series right now? Well, it’s Brad Keselowski, who’s won two of the last three races, of course. He’s followed by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, who have been equally impressive as of late. But ever so quietly, another is rattling off solid results, to the point …

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Ryan Newman Posts All-Star Performance At New Hampshire

Ryan Newman Wins Whelen Modified All Star Race At New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2014 Getty Images

Ryan Newman gets an invite to the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout and takes the win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Credit: Getty Images

NASCAR Sprint Cup Veteran Claims Whelen All-Star Shootout By Jason Christley LOUDON, N.H. (July 11, 2014) — Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver did it again Friday. This time, the win …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Aric Almirola Team Victory Lane Cia

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It was not the way anyone expected or wanted the race to end, but one fact cannot be denied: Aric Almirola is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He put the famed No. 43 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999, launching it right into the 2014 Chase during the …

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The Frontstretch Five: Reasons Why NASCAR Commercials Aren’t All Bad

2014 Michigan I Cup Ryan Newman Helmet Cia

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, Amy’s taking a walk …

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