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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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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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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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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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