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Logano wins at Charlotte; qualifies for next Chase round

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Joey Logano outdueled Kevin Harvick to win the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. Logano dominated the race, leading 227 of the 334 laps. With his victory, Logano becomes the first driver to qualify for the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Two more races, next week at Kansas and in two weeks at Talladega, Ala., remain before the 12 remaining drivers in contention will be reduced to 8. Finishing third on Sunday…

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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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Sports roundup: A champion in trouble; another crowned

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Kenseth wins NASCAR Loudon race Matt Kenseth took the lead with three laps remaining and went on to win the Sylvania 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire. Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick led Kenseth by about 5 car lengths, when he ran out of fuel on the back stretch of the 397th lap handing the win to Kenseth. Harvick led 216 of the race’s 300 laps. Kenseth’s teammate Denny Hamlin took second and Joey Logano came in third. By finishing…

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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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