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NASCAR Numbers Game: Taking stock of the 2013 Sprint Cup season

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats in the Cup Series
David Smith crunches the numbers for the Sprint Cup Series in his weekly "NASCAR Numbers Game" column.

The off week prior to the race at Indianapolis serves as a welcome respite to everyone in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series except crew chiefs who might be on the hot seat. One casualty of “chopping block week” occurred Tuesday morning when BK Racing relieved Pat Tryson of his duties as the head wrench for David Reutimann’s No. 83 entry.

Vickers earns first NASCAR win since 2009 in New Hampshire

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in New Hampshire
Reaction from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where Brian Vickers won his first NASCR Sprint Cup race since 2009.

There was a time Brian Vickers was left for dead. I’m not just talking NASCAR here, I’m talking life.  Brian Vickers

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Chicagoland Speedway

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s 9-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

Johnson, Gordon look for fifth NASCAR win at the Brickyard

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch in Indianapolis
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five NASCR storylines to watch in this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. Expect Brickyard speeds to be up considerably
NASCAR’s new car and the ever-looming fear of a repeat of 2008’s tire issues at Indianapolis sent several teams to the 2.5-mile speedway over the spring and summer for testing sessions. The tires, at least during those sessions, lasted.

But there was still a big surprise: The Gen-6 was impressively quicker than recent years in laps around the track that turns 104-years-old in August.

Taking Stock of NASCAR's visit to Eldora's dirt oval

A good time was had by all, but don't expect monumental change
What does NASCAR's visit to the dirt track at Eldora mean for the sport's future?

"Do we have to go back?!"

That was the question asked by Clint Bowyer, referring to returning to the Sprint Cup Series, following Wednesday's Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. And he didn't even race.

Austin Dillon wins in NASCAR's return to dirt in Eldora

Dillon tops Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman in Mudsummer Classic
Austin Dillon wins Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.

“I think it was a success. It was such a great show. This is real racing right here, and that’s all I’ve got to say.”  Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart

With those words from race-winner Austin Dillon, NASCAR’s inaugural trip to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, was deemed a success.

Not that those in attendance or watching on television needed affirmation.

New Hampshire's Most Memorable NASCAR Moments

Martin Truex Jr. ends NASCAR skid, wins in Sonoma

Truex puts on a clinic on the road, collects first Cup win since 2007
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<p> Martin Truex Jr. ends 218-race winless skid, wins the NASCAR Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.</p>

Not long ago, Sonoma Raceway was owned by drivers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart who, between 1998-2006, won seven of the nine NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the 1.99-mile road course. Road-racing aces like Robby Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya were the real competition, not the typical oval-centric stock car crowd. And certainly not drivers with a short-track background like Martin Truex Jr., in the midst of a 218-race winless skid.

12 Memorable NASCAR Moments at Sonoma Raceway

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