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by Matt Taliaferro Quaker State 400 Location: Sparta, Ky. Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 14°; Banking/Tri-oval: 8°; Banking/Backstretch: 4° Race Length: 400 miles/267 laps 2010 Winners: None (Inaugural Cup race) From the...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Kevin Harvick  Harvick’s 2011 season is beginning to resemble his 2010 campaign. The new points leader rides consistency to the top spot with a few wins thrown in for good measure. 2. Kyle Busch  Not to hammer...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season has been the year of first-time winners. Trevor Bayne stunned the sport with an unlikely win in the Daytona 500. Regan Smith followed suit at Darlington in Southern 500, and in the circuit’s...
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3 years ago
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by Tom Bowles Is NASCAR’s glass half-empty or half-full? As the sport gathers for its traditional version of the halfway mark — Daytona’s spectacle under the lights this Fourth of July weekend — the answer to that question, a lynchpin to its...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Location: Daytona Beach, Fla. Specs: 2.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 31°; Banking/Tri-oval: 18°; Banking/Backstretch: 3° 2010 Winners: Jamie McMurray (Feb.) and Kevin Harvick (July) 2011 Winner: Trevor Bayne (Feb.)...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards  Edwards and crew did what a championship-laden team is supposed to do as it continues to build steam: Stay above the fray and bring it home clean with a top-3 finish. 2. Kurt Busch  Speaking of...
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3 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese With news that Red Bull Racing is ending it’s five-year run in the Sprint Cup Series at season’s end, the Chase chatter that typically becomes the matter of obsession during NASCAR’s Summer Stretch will no doubt take a back...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro The Infineon Raceway’s annual NASCAR Sprint Cup date has seen its share of aggression the last few seasons. And Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 was no different, with a number of flared tempers, paybacks and plenty of bent...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Sonoma, Calif. Specs: 12-turn, 1.99-mile road course Coverage: Sunday, June 26; TNT (3:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winner: Jimmie Johnson 2011 Race Length: 218.9 miles/110 laps Track Qualifying Record:...
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3 years ago
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By Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards  No broken valves for Cuz at Michigan. As is usually the case, the Roush contingent was strong on the 2-mile oval, with Edwards padding his championship lead to 20 points — or about a JGR oil pan’s worth...
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by Matt Taliaferro The old racing adage that states “the best car doesn’t always win” has applied to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series more often than not in 2011. Fuel mileage, pit strategy and late-race track position have been the deciding...
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3 years ago
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by Mike Neff Stock car racing has been around for nearly a century, and NASCAR has been responsible for a vast majority of the growth of the sport since the early 1950s. From its humble beginnings — when Bill France Sr. pieced together an...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards  Edwards had the most telling line of the weekend at Pocono: “What’s the point of having the points lead if you don’t use it?” Think about that. That’s deep stuff. 2. Jimmie Johnson  A dearth of...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro You know something big has happened when Jeff Gordon hits a career milestone. Gordon, NASCAR’s active leader in career victories and a four-time Cup champion, has a portfolio to rival any driver in professional motorsports...
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Long Pond, Pa. Specs: 2.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turn 1: 14°; Banking/ Turn 1: 8°; Banking/ Turn 3: 6° 2010 Winners: Denny Hamlin (June), Greg Biffle (Aug.) 2011 Race Length: 500 miles/200 laps...
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3 years ago
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by Tom Bowles It’s hard to believe that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is already halfway through its regular season, but as the circuit heads to the melting mountains of Pocono, Pa., (seriously … it’s pushing 100 degrees up in these parts) that’...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards   Leads the series with seven top 5s and 10 top 10s through 13 races, including his most recent masterful performance — a fifth at Kansas. 2. Jimmie Johnson  Considering his reputation, one would...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro For the second week in a row, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Steve Letarte played the fuel mileage game. And for the second week in a row, they came up just shy. In the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway,...
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3 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 was its typical showcase of endurance, stamina and mechanical frailty — peppered with an F-bomb — and the cries of favoritism and foul luck for NASCAR’s most popular driver. Also on display during the...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Kansas City, Kan. Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 15°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 10.4°; Banking/Backstretch: 5° 2010 Winner: Greg Biffle (Oct.) 2011 Race Length: 400.5 miles/267 laps Track...
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by Matt Taliaferro  1. Carl Edwards  The day faded to night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Edwards’ car struggled to keep up. Regardless, he’s the man to beat on most weekends.  2. Kevin Harvick  No one but Harvick is quite clear...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Jimmie Johnson was still celebrating in Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 21, 2010, when runner-up Kevin Harvick addressed the media and uttered a quote that still bring impish grins to this day. Harvick’s...
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3 years ago
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by Mike Neff Racing means many things to many people. There is the spectacle of the entire event, the crowds of people, the sounds and smells, strategy and pure speed. Perhaps the oldest — and most accurate — description that has applied...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Concord, N.C. Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Straightaways: 5° 2010 Winners: Kurt Busch (May); Jamie McMurray (Oct.) 2011 Race Length: 600 miles/400 laps Track...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro  1. Carl Edwards Not that an exhibition All-Star Race factors too heavily into the Horsepower Rankings, but Edwards was on top of the list before the race, then he won the race, and therefore, holds serve.  2. Kyle Busch...
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