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Kyle Busch wins Martinsville in dominating fashion

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It was time for Kyle Busch to finally win a Sprint Cup race at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway. The clock said so. The defending Sprint Cup Champion had never won a Ridgeway grandfather clock, the trophy awarded to the race winner in both the spring and fall races. Busch dominated the field on Sunday, racing to a convincing victory in Sunday’s STP 500. He held off A. J. Allmendinger, who was also going for his first Martinsville victory, by about one-half…

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Jeff Gordon wins at Martinsville; qualifies for championship race

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Jeff Gordon won the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway, edging Jamie McMurray be two car lengths. Gordon’s victory was the 93rd of his career and makes him the first of four drivers to qualify for the championship race at Homestead, Fla. on November 22. Among those still competing in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, Kyle Busch finished closest to Gordon in fifth place. Martin Truex, Jr. was seventh and Kevin Harvick eighth. Carl…

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Kevin Harvick wins AAA 400; moves to Chase Contender Round

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For the second consecutive week, Kevin Harvick dominated the field in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Unlike last week, when he ran out of fuel with 3 laps remaining to deny him a victory, Harvick closed the deal on Sunday and won the AAA 400 at the Dover International Speedway “Monster Mile.” After last week’s disaster, Harvick was in a must-win situation on Sunday. If he did not finish first, Harvick would be eliminated from the Chase. “We weren’t…

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Matt Kenseth wins at Richmond; Chase field set

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Matt Kenseth won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, Virginia,  Saturday night. Teammate Kyle Busch was second and Joey Logano third. Kenseth dominated the field leading 352 of the race’s 400 laps. The victory was Kenseth’s fourth of the season tying Jimmie Johnson and Busch for the most. Kenseth took the checkered flag, but five other drivers earned their own victories. By finishing seventh, Jeff Gordon earned a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Gordon is…

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Jeff Gordon, others look for strong finish to make NASCAR Chase

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During the 36-race season, just a few on the NASCAR schedule arguably stand out as races more important than others. These are races where even the casual fan pays some attention. There is no doubt the Daytona 500 in February is the sport’s signature event. Few sports begin a season with their marquee event, but stock car racing has done that for more than half a century. Other tradition-rich races include the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, both races in Talladega,…

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