Tony Stewart's Top 10 Blow-Ups

The 7 Amazing NASCAR Stats of the Week

David Smith's NASCAR Numbers Game
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<p> David Smith reveals seven NASCAR stats about Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Casey Mears and AJ Allmendinger in the Sprint Cup Series.</p>

This weekend provides a rare off day on the jam-packed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, but that doesn’t mean analysis will stop. After five races, there is a litany of story-telling statistics in a series that continues to one-up itself, to the delight of news desks everywhere.

Logano-Hamlin rivalry manifested in last-lap wreck; Stewart fighting mad

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana
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<p> Reaction from the wild events at Auto Club Speedway. From a last-lap wreck to a post-race fight, the Auto Club 400 was classic NASCAR.</p>

For 15 years, Fontana has played the role of weird aunt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. You know the one. It’s who you have to suck it up and speak with every reunion even though the hug creeps you out, she believes aliens live on the street corner and “didn’t you just do the cutest thing you don’t remember when you were four.” Extended conversation makes you sleepy … or suicidal.

Wreck, fight highlight a NASCAR thriller at Auto Club Speedway

Kyle Busch wins Auto Club 400; Logano, Hamlin rivalry intensifies.
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<p> Kyle Busch wins a thriller at Auto Club Speedway, as a last-lap wreck and post-race fight spice up NASCAR's Auto Club 400.</p>

A frenetic final 20 laps in the Auto Club 400 concluded in a last-lap crash involving rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, a surprise winner in Kyle Busch, and a fight on pit road between Logano and Tony Stewart. And it all happened at the most unlikely of venues: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

The two-mile oval in Southern California has historically been known for its single-file, strung-out style of racing where aerodynamics and downforce — not tight-quarters beating and banging — are key. That all changed on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. consistent, but will wins follow?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Auto Club Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p>

1. Strong start, but when does Dale Earnhardt Jr. win?
Depending on how you judge these things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to the most impressive start to a NASCAR Sprint Cup season in his career. The claim comes with Earnhardt, now second in the point standings, putting together his best average finish (5.0) after four races since he started full-time in 2000.

6 Amazing NASCAR Stats for Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR Numbers Game: The Auto Club 400
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<p> Six amazing NASCAR stats for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.</p>

“Humdrum” is a word typically used to describe the racing action at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The two-mile Michigan clone was originally designed — it has received some touch-up work since being completed in 1997 — to be optimal for IndyCar-style race cars. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race might not offer much in terms of outright excitement, but there are some meaningful story lines hidden within a four-race sample size of advanced metrics.

Logano and Hamlin: Old teammates, new NASCAR rivalry?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Food City 500 at Bristol.
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<p> Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Food City 500 at Bristol.</p>

There’s nothing about a rough start to the NASCAR season a short track can’t fix. During a thrilling weekend in Bristol, the sport had a near-photo finish in Saturday’s Nationwide race (remember this name: Kyle Larson) and several thrilling moments during Sunday’s big show. After plenty of criticism — from a driver’s $25,000 fine to fans railing about Daytona’s single-file 500 — it’s hard to find anyone complaining about the action in Thunder Valley. But honestly, when’s the last time fans left a short track feeling they threw their hard-earned money down the toilet?

Kahne Survives, Wins at Bristol Motor Speedway

Kasey Kahne grabs first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of 2013
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<p> Kasey Kahne held off Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.</p>

After leading the most laps last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway only to run second to Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne felt he had something to prove on Sunday. And with Bristol Motor Speedway being the next stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, all the better, as Kahne had yet to win on the tough half-mile racetrack in East Tennessee.

And prove it he did. Kahne got the jump on Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin during the final restart of the Food City 500 and cruised, leading the final 40 laps to notch his first Cup victory on Bristol’s high banks.

7 Amazing NASCAR Stats for Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Numbers Game: The Food City 500
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<p> Seven amazing NASCAR stats for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.</p>

Bristol Motor Speedway received a re-tooling of sorts following last spring’s race, so there will be a bevy of unknowns this weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to the high-banked half-mile oval.

Early-season favorites emerge as NASCAR hypes Gen-6 car

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas
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<p> Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas</p>

If Matt Kenseth were a betting man, he’d have bought a Play 4 ticket on the way out of Las Vegas.

The numbers? 3-3-3-3.

Kenseth, in the third race of the 2013 season, became career Sprint Cup driver number three to win a race on his birthday (joining Cale Yarborough and Kyle Busch). The new, third member of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable also has more career victories in Vegas (along with Auto Club Speedway) than any other track on the circuit: Three.