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Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella
Sunday, 16 Nov, 2014 – 10:13 | One Comment
Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some pre-race thoughts on Sunday’s  season-ending, championship-deciding Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
You have to remember that Wonderbread – that gooey, relatively tasteless and nutritionally neutral (at best) thing that kids seem to like but doctors say to avoid – is sliced. You have to remember that when somebody compares [...]

Gordon On Pole At Homestead
Friday, 14 Nov, 2014 – 21:23 | Comments Off
Gordon On Pole At Homestead

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Jeff Gordon edged Kurt Busch for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN), as three of the four contenders in the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualified in the top nine during Friday’s time trials.
In [...]

Hamlin: Fail Of 2010 Is Going Propel Team In 2014
Friday, 14 Nov, 2014 – 15:43 | Comments Off
Hamlin: Fail Of 2010 Is Going Propel Team In 2014

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Four years ago, as the Sprint Cup Series arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway for it’s annual season-ending, championship-deciding weekend, it seemed all but certain that square peg Denny Hamlin was about to jam himself into a round hole.
The kid who just never really seemed to fit the part of star NASCAR [...]

Takes On Free Passes, Hip Checks, Bad Ice Cream
Wednesday, 12 Nov, 2014 – 10:04 | One Comment
Takes On Free Passes, Hip Checks, Bad Ice Cream

Four quick thoughts (cut down from 10 because of the new elimination format) from last Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway:
1. The Sprint Cup series will  not roll into South Florida with the winds of excitement at its back. While Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway produced the Final Four drivers in [...]

Harvick Wins Phoenix; Chase’s Final Four Is Set
Sunday, 9 Nov, 2014 – 18:37 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Phoenix; Chase’s Final Four Is Set

Kevin Harvick bulled his way into the four-driver, all-deciding, Championship Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs when he won at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
The victory was his fourth of the year, second of the 10-race Chase and, as it turned out, it was also essential as he pursues his first [...]

Hamlin On Pole At PIR
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2014 – 8:05 | Comments Off
Hamlin On Pole At PIR

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Denny Hamlin on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Hamlin, who needs to finish 11th or better in Sunday’s race to secure a spot in the four-driver, season-ending Championship Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, won the pole with a lap in 25.332 seconds (142.113 mph) [...]

NASCAR Issues Penalties For Texas Brawl
Tuesday, 4 Nov, 2014 – 18:04 | 4 Comments
NASCAR Issues Penalties For Texas Brawl

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In the wake of Sunday’s post-race brawl at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
NASCAR has assessed penalties to crew members from the No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams for their involvement in post-race incidents on Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the crew chiefs from [...]

Takes On Fat Lips, Driver Codes And James Brown
Tuesday, 4 Nov, 2014 – 9:20 | 3 Comments
Takes On Fat Lips, Driver Codes And James Brown

Ten quick thoughts about Texas after dark:
1. Jeff Gordon screwed up. First by taking the outside line for the fateful restart and then by opening the door to Brad Keselowski on the restart. Gordon’s restart was anything but clean at a time when it should have been immaculate. The guess here is that upon viewing [...]

Keselowski Q & A: I’m Here To Win
Monday, 3 Nov, 2014 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Keselowski Q & A: I’m Here To Win

After every Sprint Cup race, the drivers who finished first through third are brought to track media centers for press conferences.
Brad Keselowski finished third in Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway so, there he was on the dais late Sunday afternoon. The majority of the questions put to him, as one would expect, concerned the [...]

Johnson Wins Texas; Brawl Follows Testy Finish
Sunday, 2 Nov, 2014 – 16:11 | 2 Comments
Johnson Wins Texas; Brawl Follows Testy Finish

Jimmie Johnson became the second straight non-Chase driver to win a race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Sunday when he beat the field at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson’s victory means that none of the remaining eight Chase drivers have yet won and, hence, have not locked themselves into the [...]