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Brad Keselowski overcomes elements to win Cobalt 400

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Sunday’s Cobalt 400 was a competitive dual between NASCAR’s top drivers, but when the dust settled – literally – Brad Keselowski rolled into Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He topped second-place Joey Logano by less than one second to claim his 18th Sprint Cup victory. The start of the race was delayed by heavy wind, followed by another stoppage midway through the race because of a dust storm. The drivers contended with the heavy winds throughout the race.…

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Daring strategy leads Jimmie Johnson to victory in Atlanta

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Jimmie Johnson made a risky pit strategy pay off by winning the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. nosed out Kyle Busch for second while Kurt Busch was fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth. Kevin Harvick dominated the race, leading a race-high 131 laps. He held a commanding advantage with less than 40 laps remaining when Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus brought his driver in early to get four fresh tires.…

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Denny Hamlin wins closest Daytona 500 in history

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When the white flag flew at Sunday’s Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin was in fourth place seemingly boxed in by other contenders on his right. Somehow, he made it to the front to win the closest 500 in history. Hamlin’s edged Martin Truex, Jr. by one one-hundredth of a second, or about four inches. The top six finishers were all less than one-tenth of a second apart. As Hamlin pulled out of line, he surged toward leader Matt Kenseth, who tried…

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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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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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Joey Logano wins at Talladega; Dale Earnhardt, Jr. eliminated from the Chase

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Joey Logano won the Campingworld.com 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Sunday, barely edging Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The race ended under a caution flag following a multi-car pileup seconds after the race was restarted following another caution Earnhardt, needing a victory to advance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, was just inches from passing Logano when the caution came out. Finishing third was Jeff Gordon, followed by Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards in fifth. “We’ve come to play…

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