Kyle Busch

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Richmond International Raceway

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Toyota Owners 400
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.</p>

Every year the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits a stretch of the season in which it is premature to judge the championship hunt, but cogent enough to pinpoint problems with underperforming drivers and teams. It’s an odd stretch, for sure. Through eight races we have seen some unexpected strong performances from non-household names, while also getting much of the same from the usual title-contending suspects, some of which you will read about below. It’s been a crazy, competitive year that has provided plenty of statistical fodder.

Is Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing's Missing Piece?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Kansas Speedway.
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Kansas Speedway.</p>

Two years ago, J.D. Gibbs came within a front bumper of stealing Carl Edwards away from Roush Fenway Racing. Then Ford’s hot young star, Edwards would have bumped Joey Logano out of the No. 20 ride to the tune of a reported $10 million.

Turns out, that could be the best money Gibbs ever saved.

NASCAR Teams Head to Kansas, Honor Boston

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Kansas Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Kansas Speedway for the STP 400.</p>

1. NASCAR honors victims, heroes of Boston Marathon explosions
Just as it did after the large-scale attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, NASCAR will serve in the role of honoring those affected by Monday's horrific events at the Boston Marathon. Beyond the expected emotional pageantry of Sunday's pre-race ceremonies at Kansas Speedway, two Sprint Cup teams with unique ties to Boston and its annual road race have even made plans to recognize and support the victims and heroes in various ways.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Kansas Speedway

David Smith crunches the numbers for the STP 400
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.</p>

Kansas Speedway was the site for one of the weirdest races of the year in 2012. On a newly paved surface with an unfamiliar tire compound, the race offered drama (Jimmie Johnson crashing), comedy (Danica Patrick attempting to wreck Landon Cassill, but wrecking herself instead) and action (Matt Kenseth stormed to the front late in the race – there is more on this below – to scoop up the surprise win).

Penske Racing Awaits Penalties from NASCAR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Texas Motor Speedway.
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.</p>

It’s hard to believe that last year Kyle Busch went a whole season and won just once in NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Trucks. Why? Two months into 2013, he’s on pace to win 28 times across the board, lead over 2,000 laps in Cup and shatter any Nationwide Series record he hasn’t already.

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

Keselowski, Earnhardt Jr. setting blistering pace
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<p> Dale Earnhardt Jr. has assumed the top spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, but it's defending champion Brad Keselowski who finds himself atop the Athlon Sports Horsepower Rankings.</p>

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has assumed the top spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, but it's defending champion Brad Keselowski who finds himself atop the Athlon Sports Horsepower Rankings.


1. Brad Keselowski
If not for an overheating issue late in Fontana (while running fifth), Keselowski would most likely be five-for-five in the top-5 finishes category. The defending champ has come out swinging.

Logano-Hamlin rivalry manifested in last-lap wreck; Stewart fighting mad

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana
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<p> Reaction from the wild events at Auto Club Speedway. From a last-lap wreck to a post-race fight, the Auto Club 400 was classic NASCAR.</p>

For 15 years, Fontana has played the role of weird aunt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. You know the one. It’s who you have to suck it up and speak with every reunion even though the hug creeps you out, she believes aliens live on the street corner and “didn’t you just do the cutest thing you don’t remember when you were four.” Extended conversation makes you sleepy … or suicidal.

Wreck, fight highlight a NASCAR thriller at Auto Club Speedway

Kyle Busch wins Auto Club 400; Logano, Hamlin rivalry intensifies.
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<p> Kyle Busch wins a thriller at Auto Club Speedway, as a last-lap wreck and post-race fight spice up NASCAR's Auto Club 400.</p>

A frenetic final 20 laps in the Auto Club 400 concluded in a last-lap crash involving rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, a surprise winner in Kyle Busch, and a fight on pit road between Logano and Tony Stewart. And it all happened at the most unlikely of venues: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

The two-mile oval in Southern California has historically been known for its single-file, strung-out style of racing where aerodynamics and downforce — not tight-quarters beating and banging — are key. That all changed on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. consistent, but will wins follow?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Auto Club Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p>

1. Strong start, but when does Dale Earnhardt Jr. win?
Depending on how you judge these things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to the most impressive start to a NASCAR Sprint Cup season in his career. The claim comes with Earnhardt, now second in the point standings, putting together his best average finish (5.0) after four races since he started full-time in 2000.

6 Amazing NASCAR Stats for Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR Numbers Game: The Auto Club 400
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<p> Six amazing NASCAR stats for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.</p>

“Humdrum” is a word typically used to describe the racing action at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The two-mile Michigan clone was originally designed — it has received some touch-up work since being completed in 1997 — to be optimal for IndyCar-style race cars. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race might not offer much in terms of outright excitement, but there are some meaningful story lines hidden within a four-race sample size of advanced metrics.

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