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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Denny Hamlin The new points leader is looking pretty stout with eight finishes of ninth or better (three wins) in the last nine races. There’s also that shakeup in the 48 team, too. 2. Jimmie Johnson Speaking...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro There were monkeys selling programs, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a fistfight, a virtual firing of an entire team and, at the end of the day, a new No. 1. It may sound like a mid-1980s version of Saturday Night Roller...
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3 years ago
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by Tom Bowles The life and times of Jim Hunter were celebrated wonderfully this week with a visitation followed by a wonderful service Wednesday at Darlington Presbyterian Church. NASCAR’s former Vice President of Communications, who passed...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  He’s won the Chase every way imaginable, so why doubt he can outduel Hamlin and Harvick in a dogfight down the stretch? 2. Kevin Harvick  How do you differentiate between Hamlin and...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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Location: Ft. Worth, Tex. Distance: 1.5-mile quad-oval (334 laps/501 miles) Banking/Turns: 24 degrees; Banking/Quad-Oval: 18 degrees; Banking/Straightaways: 5 degrees Race Dates: April 18 (Denny Hamlin) and November 7 From the Spotter’s...
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3 years ago
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By Matt Taliaferro It was the race that kept Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick awake at night. The three drivers left to settle the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup knew the Amp Energy Juice 500 from Talladega Superspeedway would be the...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Mike Neff Martinsville Speedway provided another fantastic race last weekend with 24 lead changes among 12 drivers swapping paint and knocking fenders. Six points now separate first and second in the Chase standings by virtue of Denny Hamlin...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Upcoming Talladega race is the true wild card of the Chase ... and with apologies to Denny Hamlin, the only thing inside Johnson’s head right now. 2. Denny Hamlin  Quite a statement...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Talladega, Al. Distance: 2.66-mile tri-oval (500.1 laps/188 miles) Banking/Turns: 33 degrees; Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees; Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees Race Dates: April 25 (Kevin Harvick) and...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Denny Hamlin claimed to have been biding his time, keeping points leader Jimmie Johnson within drafting distance and waiting to get to the second half of the Chase with its Hamlin-friendly venues. Martinsville was to be Stop No...
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3 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese It’s late October, and the cold and flu season is starting to fire up. A friend of mine on a business trip to Las Vegas had to come home early last week after she came down with strep throat. Last Saturday night in Charlotte...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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The ongoing Kasey Kahne/Richard Petty Motorsports saga continues to play out, with more twists and turns by the hour. Kahne crashed in Saturday evening’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when the brakes on his RPM Ford went...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Not even a self-induced spin at Charlotte could keep Johnson from notching his fourth consecutive top-three finish. Seriously, he’s not a robot, is he? 2. Denny Hamlin  Hamlin is...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Location: Martinsville, Va. Distance: .526-mile oval (500 laps/263 miles) Banking/Turns: 12 degrees Race Dates: March 28 (Denny Hamlin) and October 24 From the Spotter’s Stand The shortest track on the Cup...
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3 years ago
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by Tom Bowles “It’s tough, when you sit down and think about it; the saddest thing is that you never got a chance to say goodbye to him. But oh, how he lived.”  — Kerry Cramer One of Tim Richmond’s lifetime...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Kyle Busch led a ton of laps. Jamie McMurray scored his third unlikely win of a career-resurgent season. A debris caution flew with under 25 laps remaining. Yes, the Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway had a tinge...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro And the hits keep on coming Clint Bowyer just can’t catch a break. Penalized a title-killing 150 points after his car passed post-race inspection and then failed a second, more thorough dissection at the NASCAR R&D...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Finishes of first, second and third in the last three weeks find Johnson exactly where we all expected him: leading the points during the Chase. Let’s hope this doesn’t get ugly. 2....
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Location: Concord, N.C. Distance: 1.5-mile quad oval Banking/Turns: 24 degrees; Banking/Straightaways: 5 degrees Race Dates: May 22 (All-Star Race), May 30 (Coca-Cola 600), October 16 (Bank of America 500) From the Spotter...
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3 years ago
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by Matt Taliaferro Three Chase races down, three top three runs for the defending four-time series champion. On a day that may have witnessed the official end of seven drivers’ title hopes, points leader Jimmie Johnson held a steady wheel in...
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3 years ago
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by Mike Neff Despite the hype to the contrary, the battle for the championship in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup division involves all 43 cars on the race track, and this past weekend that fact was brought to the forefront by David Reutimann and Kyle...
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3 years ago
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by Vito Pugliese A funny thing happened while Richard Childress was on his way to the penalty hearing Thursday for his No. 33 Sprint Cup team. Well, it wasn’t really funny. If anything it was downright insulting to the entire RCR...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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by Tom Bowles Sometimes, NASCAR can stand to learn from the best, which according to the audience numbers in America is the NFL. This week’s Monday Night Football was razor-thin close – and I’m talking that new Gillette kind...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
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Jimmie Johnson ascends to the top in both Athlon Sports’ weekly Horsepower Rankings as well as NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup standings following a runner-up finish in last weekend’s Price Chopper 400 from Kansas Speedway. 1....
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3 years ago
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Jimmie Johnson ascends to the top in both Athlon Sports’ weekly Horsepower Rankings as well as NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup standings following a runner-up finish in last weekend’s Price Chopper 400 from Kansas Speedway. 1....
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago

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