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NASCAR News & Notes of the Week

Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long highlights the NASCAR news and notes of the week. Carl Edwards and Regan Smith get new crew chiefs, Kyle Busch searches for sponsorship and Elliot Sadler has a new home at Joe Gibbs Racing.</p>
2012

Until last week, crew chief Jimmy Fennig admits he had “very seldom’’ talked to Carl Edwards in their years together at Roush Fenway Racing.

“I’m the type of crew chief that I focus in on the job at hand and the driver I have and don’t really pay too much attention to other drivers,” said Fennig, who most recently was Matt Kenseth’s crew chief.

Keselowski wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Title

Keselowski outduels Johnson, wins first Cup for Roger Penske
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<p> Brad Keselowski beat Jimmie Johnson to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.&nbsp;</p>
2012

Brad Keselowski entered Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20-point lead in NASCAR’s Chase standings.

Problem was, his competition came in the form of a five-time champion.

Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team enjoyed a reign that lasted from 2006-10, and they won the championship in every way imaginable in that time: Going away, coming from behind, with consistency and utilizing a glut of wins.

10 Great NASCAR Brawls

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Gordon/Bowyer Fallout, Harvick's New Home and Grading Phoenix
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<p> Dustin Long and the Backseat Drivers Fan Council weigh in on the Jeff Gordon/Clint Bowyer penalties, Kevin Harvick leaving Richard Childress Racing and they grade a crazy race in Phoenix.</p>
2012

NASCAR reacted this week to Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix and the melee between the crews, but was its penalty enough? Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council debate what should have been done and what they would do if Bowyer exacts revenge this weekend at Homestead. Those are just among a few of the topics the Fan Council debated. Here’s what they said:

Brad Keselowski and Paul Wolfe: The Duo that Almost Never Was

NASCAR News and Notes of the Week
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long reveals that Paul Wolfe was very close to not being Brad Keselowski's Sprint Cup crew chief. But now that the two are together at Penske Racing, they satnd on the verge of a NASCAR championship.</p>
2012

The first time Brad Keselowski asked Paul Wolfe to be his crew chief, Wolfe didn’t flinch.

“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I don’t want to do it,’” Keselowski said. “I think he was kind of mad at me because I had wrecked (his car).”

It was Aug. 2009 when Keselowski posed the question to Wolfe, a former driver turned crew chief working for CJM Racing.

Harvick wins a wild one in Phoenix

Gordon/Bowyer melee mars AdvoCar500; Keselowski turns tables on Johnson in points battle
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<p> Kevin Harvick won a wild AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski overtook the points lead over Jimmie Johnson while Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer engaged in an on- and off-track melee.</p>
2012

Once the smoke cleared, the cars (or what was left of them) were loaded and the Sunday sun set over Phoenix International Raceway, a new championship landscape had emerged in NASCAR. But tempers as hot and raw as the surrounding Sonora Desert shifted the focus of the Sprint Cup Series’ AdvoCare 500 from said title battle—and the race’s previously-MIA winner—to wrecked racecars, fist fights and talk of on-track payback.

The Cabinet of the United Stars of NASCAR

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Should NASCAR move Chase races away from Sunday?
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<p> Dustin Long's Backseat Drivers Fan Council discuss moving NASCAR Chase races off of Sunday to get away from the NFL and grade the racing at Texas Motor Speedway.</p>
2012

Is Sunday still the best day to run NASCAR Sprint Cup races? Or is it time for NASCAR to admit defeat to the NFL and move the Cup races to Saturday as a writer suggested this week? Or what about mid-week races—would that work and would fans attend those events? Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council debated those issues and last weekend’s Texas race. Here’s what they had to say:

NASCAR News & Notes of the Week

The 2013 Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski's spike in popularity and Kyle Busch's hot streak
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long updates on the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car, Bradk Keselowski's popularity in the Chase and Kyle Busch's bot streak.</p>
2012

A Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway could provide a clue as to how racy NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup car can be.

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