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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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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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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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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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