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Year in Review: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch top story lines for NASCAR 2015 season

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NASCAR begins and ends each season in Florida. From the Daytona 500 in February, 43 teams go through a season of 36 races culminating in the 400 mile race in Homestead the third week in November. Before this season’s Daytona 500, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon announced that this season, his 21st as a driver, would be his last. After 93 career victories and four NASCAR championships, each track would prepare their respective send-offs. The year began well for Gordon. He…

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Kyle Busch wins NASCAR title; Jeff Gordon says good-bye

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Kyle Busch roared into the lead on a re-start 7 laps from the finish and went on to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. With the win, Busch claimed the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Kevin Harvick, last season’s champion finished second and was also runner-up in this season’s title chase. Brad Keselowski was second, Joey Logano finished third and Kyle Larson fifth. Jeff Gordon, in his final race as an active driver, finished 6th and…

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Jimmie Johnson’s win at Texas puts Brad Keselowski on the brink

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Jimmie Johnson passed Brad Keselowski with 5 laps remaining and went on to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Keselowski led for 312 of the race’s 334 laps, but Johnson had the best car at the end and pulled out the victory. Behind Johnson and Keselowski on Sunday were defending series champion Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Each is involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Keselowski now finds himself in a…

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Joey Logano bumps his way to victory; championship cutdown a week away

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Joey Logano bumped aside race leader Matt Kenseth 5 laps from the finish and went on to win the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Kenseth wound up in 14th leaving him with the task of needing to win next week in order to remain in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Kenseth led 153 of the race’s 267 laps, but could not hold off Logano, who won his second consecutive race. Denny Hamlin finished second, Jimmie…

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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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