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Motivated Johnson no match for NASCAR field in Pocono

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Party in the Poconos 400
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<p> Reaction from Jimmie Johnson's dominant win in NASCAR's Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway.</p>

A five-time champion in their respective sport is rarely in need of motivation. So when you hand it to them on a silver platter, whatever the reason, you better hide yourself inside a bunker and hope for the best. After Dover’s fluky finish a week ago, where a restart penalty all but took a win away from Jimmie Johnson, something inside the 37-year-old snapped. Struggling to hold his tongue on several occasions, it was clear “Mr. Politically Correct” felt NASCAR made the wrong call, robbing him of what would be a record-setting Dover performance.

Pocono Key to Denny Hamlin's NASCAR Chase Hopes

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Pocono
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<p> Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Pocono Raceway.</p>

1. Denny Hamlin needs Pocono more than ever
A crash last Sunday at Dover International Speedway after a flat tire dented Denny Hamlin's hope of a strong run and probably didn't feel the best for a guy just weeks removed from a pretty serious back injury. Hamlin, however, seems to be worried about one thing: Making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

NASCAR or IndyCar: Which series ruled Memorial Day weekend?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Coca-Cola 600
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Fourteen leaders. 68 lead changes. A three-wide battle coming off a restart that decides the race. Read those two lines and you’re probably thinking, “typical NASCAR race at Talladega.”

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Picking the best fantasy drivers at Charlotte so you don't have to.
<p> Fantasy Picks for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit runs the longest race of the year Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600. 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.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for the Coca-Cola 600

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Memorial Day marathon in Charlotte
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Jimmie Johnson stirred up the masses with his second straight Sprint All-Star Race win on Saturday. Johnson, historically dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track that was once referred to as “his house” when his car and the facility shared primary sponsor branding, now looms large as the driver to beat in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600. At least that’s the narrative, as I understand it.

Johnson wins NASCAR All-Star Race; Danica, Earnhardt Jr. disappoint

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at the All-Star Race
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Say what you want about Jimmie Johnson. Critics have a long list of rebuttals for why he’s not the greatest driver of this era: Chad Knaus, superior equipment and more money through sponsor Lowe’s than his closest rivals. But it’s hard to argue the stats on paper. Johnson’s fourth win in the All-Star Race, a NASCAR record, launched him past teammate Jeff Gordon and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing riding high after Darlington win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Darlington
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500.</p>

The Southern 500, while no longer held on Labor Day is still looked at as one of NASCAR’s biggest races. Darlington remains the place where, in 1950, an egg-shaped, awkward-looking asphalt track gave birth to superspeedway competition. Thirty-five years later, a million-dollar Chase by a man named Awesome Bill was another notch in the sport’s belt that wrapped the racetrack into our national consciousness. Like golf’s Masters, purists regard it as one of the sport’s crown jewels.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Southern 500 at Darlington

Geoffrey Miller predicts the best fantasy drivers in Darlington so you don't have to.
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<p> Geoffrey Miller ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to venerable Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday evening. 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.

Wild Nationwide finish highlights inconsistent NASCAR calls

Regan Smith wins a wreck-marred Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway
<p> An inconsistent call by NASCAR finds Regan Smith the winner in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega after a wild, accident-marred final lap.</p>

A wild finish to Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway once again led to confusion concerning how the sanctioning body scores finishes on the sport’s two restrictor plate tracks.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega

Geoffrey Miller predicts the best fantasy drivers in Talladega so you don't have to.
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<p> Geoffrey Miller ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.</p>

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