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McMurray wins in Talladega; NASCAR Chase lead changes

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega Superspeedway
Four things we learned following Jamie McMurray's win in NASCAR's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday on Twitter, as a single-file line froze in place after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race’s final caution on the white-flag lap, I wrote the following Talladega evaluation:

“Great race, but last few laps, almost all drivers decided getting out in one piece was more important.”

Treacherous Talladega awaits drivers, NASCAR Chase leaders

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Talladega Superspeedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Talladega Superspeedway for the Camping World RV Sales 500.

1. Is riding at the back really Talladega’s key to success?  Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon won the fall 2007 race at Talladega Superspeedway in a way that has seemed to permanently skew impressions of restrictor plate racing. Leading just one lap, Gordon stormed from the back in the final laps — he averaged a running position of 28th throughout the day — to score the win.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing stats for Talladega

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Camping World RV Sales 500 in Talladega.

The Fifth of May was a day for underdogs everywhere. The little guy won. The Davids beat Goliath.

Front Row Motorsports’ taming of Talladega Superspeedway, the 2.66-mile track that is home to more action and unexpected turns of events than a pro wrestling cage match, might be the best feel-good story of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. A former start-and-park team conquered the day. It made many fans feel all warm and fuzzy.

Keselowski wins in Charlotte; important NASCAR test on tap

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Five things we learned following NASCAR's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Forget the Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 or Saturday’s 500-miler. NASCAR’s biggest race at Charlotte Motor Speedway happens on Monday in front of a handful of officials, mechanics and high-tech engineers. At stake: keeping the future of the sport intact after a season of less-than-scintillating competition with NASCAR’s much-ballyhooed Gen-6 chassis. It’s a test insiders say could kill off the dreaded “aero push,” enemy number one in what’s made trying to pass the leader a Mission: Impossible assignment.

NASCAR's 13 Greatest Moments of Retaliation

Kvapil’s domestic violence arrest another NASCAR mess

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500.

1. Travis Kvapil’s domestic violence arrest another NASCAR mess
The controversies for NASCAR in 2013 have often taken a turn far from on-track action. Instead, the cavalcade of driver romance, drivers making asinine statements, fans getting injured and the whole Chase field fiasco has buffeted the sport’s news cycle between often so-so racing.

Enter Travis Kvapil.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Kansas 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 Sprint Cup Series 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.

Dover Dominance: Johnson wins, tightens NASCAR Chase battle

“I think Jimmie is probably the most underrated champion we have in this industry. He is by far the most powerful driver over the course of the last 25, 35 years in this sport.”

Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus is not known for his use of hyperbole. Knaus is thoughtful, measured and well-spoken when interacting with the media. And the man’s a genius at his trade: making cars go fast.

So when the champion crew chief heaps that sort of praise on a driver — even if it’s his own — people have a tendency to stop, look and listen.

Drivers look to transfer into NASCAR's Chase at Richmond

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Richmond.
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Richmond International Raceway and the final regular-date on the schedule.

1. NASCAR's regular season ends at Richmond
Twenty-five races ago, Danica Patrick was the story across the sport. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 and was kicking off a season bundled with optimism and overhype of NASCAR's new Gen-6 platform. Naturally, Jimmie Johnson won the first race.

Busch wins in Atlanta; NASCAR Chase race tightens

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Post-race reaction from Kyle Busch's win in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

So much happened at Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend that the winner was, in some ways, irrelevant. Kyle Busch’s fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory clinched his spot in the Chase, but it was one the driver had on lockdown for weeks. The No. 18 Toyota, comfortably within the top 10 in points, has been overshadowed amongst potential title contenders by Jimmie Johnson’s strength-turned-slump and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth’s five wins.

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