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May 31, 2009 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Flyers center Jeff Carter was among the 60,000-plus sun-baked fans who were treated to a rare NASCAR doubleheader at Dover International Speedway yesterday, with enough on-track skirmishes to mangle a garage full of sheet metal and strain at least one team's camaraderie. "This is wild, this is the best," Carter said from a suite above the start/finish line. Even the sight of Brian Keselowski's No. 26 black Dodge Charger - carrying the Detroit Red Wings logo on the hood, "Go Wings" on the rear quarterpanels, and "Hockeytown" across the back bumper - couldn't put a damper on Carter's enthusiasm.
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June 7, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brad Keselowski had hardly won the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship when he started putting together a plan to win in 2013. With a giant celebratory beer in hand, Keselowski announced on ESPN's SportsCenter that he'd have the outline ready for team owner Roger Penske by Christmas. In an appearance Thursday, Keselowski said that agenda has steadily grown since the start of the 2013 season, perhaps more than he'd like. Keselowski's team hasn't been able to get out of its own way. Last weekend at Dover, Keselowski finally seemed ready to move on from the suspension of his crew chief and a damaging 25-point penalty.
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June 7, 2012 | Freelance
THIS WEEK'S RACE Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 2.5-mile tri-oval Race distance: 400 miles/160 laps Race forecast: chance of thunderstorms, low 80s Last year's winner: Jeff Gordon Last year's pole winner: Kurt Busch, 171.579 mph Track qualifying record: Kasey Kahne, 172.533 mph (June 2004)
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May 3, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Ala. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 2.66-mile oval Race distance: 188 laps/500 miles Race forecast: cloudy, low 70s Last year's winner: Brad Keselowski Last year's pole winner: Jeff Gordon, 191.623 mph Track qualifying record: with restrictor plates, Bill Elliott, 199.388 mph (May 1990); without restrictor plates, Elliott, 212.809 mph (April 1987)
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June 27, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Ky. When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 267 laps/400 miles Forecast: Chance of scattered thunderstorms, low 70s Last year's winner: Brad Keselowski Last year's pole: Jimmie Johnson, 181.818 mph (track qualifying record) Track facts: Last year, Keselowski led three times for 68 laps, including the final 56. Kasey Kahne was second; Denny Hamlin third...
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September 26, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOUDON, N.H. - Tony Stewart made it 2-for-2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, pulling ahead when Clint Bowyer ran out of gas with two laps left to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday. Stewart is on a roll when the season matters most, following last week's Chase opening victory at Chicagoland Speedway with another strong performance at New Hampshire. Both of his victories this season have come in the Chase and have propelled him to the top of the points standings.
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October 10, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - That'll teach everyone to count out Jimmie Johnson. The five-time defending Cup champion dominated yesterday at Kansas Speedway, weathering a series of late cautions and holding off Kasey Kahne to win for the first time since April. Johnson stumbled through the first two races in NASCAR's version of a postseason, and was 10th in the standings heading to Dover. A second-place finish last weekend gave Johnson confidence, and his first win since Talladega moved him into third in the Chase behind Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
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November 14, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
AFTER ALL the racing, crashing and fighting, the Chase's final four are pumping their gas pedals, ready to roll. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers eligible to win the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None has won a Sprint Cup series title. The champion doesn't have to win the Homestead race: He just has to be the highest finisher among the final four. As we pointed out 2 weeks ago, the champion could be Newman, who is winless this year and has led 17 only laps in the Chase (see accompanying box)
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November 6, 2014
WATCHING the postrace "festivities" after Sunday's Texas race, I thought a hockey-style bench-clearing brawl had erupted. I kept expecting to see Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly. As soon as Jeff Gordon parked his race car next to Brad Keselowski's car, I expected some action. When Gordon confronted Keselowski with edgy crew members and others in the vicinity, I was convinced something would happen. It did. After Gordon confronted Keselowski, the brawl began. Serious punches were thrown with the two drivers suffering facial cuts.
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October 31, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
NASCAR's 2014 champion could be a driver who hasn't won a race this year. He's a driver with just four top-five finishes all year. Fortunately for Ryan Newman, two of those top fives have been the last two Chase races, leaving him second in points. Talk about a lucky dog . . . (A lucky dog, or in NASCAR-speak, a "beneficiary," is the first car a lap down when the caution flag waves that receives one of its laps back.) Newman was the last driver into the Chase, seeded 16th, as in last.
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October 17, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
IS THE POSTRACE craziness at Charlotte over yet? "Bad" Brad Keselowski slams his car into Matt Kenseth's after Saturday night's race . . . Keselowski tries to spin Denny Hamlin's car . . . Tony Stewart backs his car into Keselowski's . . . the mild-mannered Kenseth jumps Keselowski where the team haulers are parked. There were so many incidents, maybe I missed one. Afterward, Hamlin said Keselowski "is acting like a dumb ass instead of a champion. " The outbursts attracted attention from many media outlets that normally ignore NASCAR.
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September 30, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - Give a NASCAR "Attaboys!" to the Daring Dozen, the 12 Chasers who move on to the Contender Round. Following Jeff Gordon's victory yesterday in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the 12 are Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Their points are all reset at 3,000 prior to the next three races. Give a pat on the back and "good try, y'all" to the four who are eliminated from title contention: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola.
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September 26, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
ROBIN PEMBERTON has been NASCAR's vice president of competition and racing development for 10 years. It's a stressful job that includes handling complaints and disciplining drivers and race teams. Prior to moving into his VP position, Pemberton was a Cup series crew chief for Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty. So Pemberton always will be empathetic toward crew chiefs for the stress they endure, particularly during the Chase. Prior to races crew chiefs probably make hundreds of decisions regarding their teams.
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September 12, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
SINCE THE CHASE was launched in 2004, only four drivers have won championships: Jimmie Johnson, six; Tony Stewart, two; Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, one each. I'm sensing there will be a new champion this year: how's that for a tease? No peeking toward the end for my choice. If this year's first 26 pre-Chase races mean anything, the Chase winner will be one of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers or one of Penske Racing's duo. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne carry the Hendrick banner; Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano power Penske.
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June 10, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Brad Keselowski led the most laps by far in yesterday's Pocono 400. Then, with five laps remaining in the 160-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Keselowski suddenly backed off the pace between Turns 1 and 2, allowing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to lead. Keselowski was hoping to clear the paper off the grill of his red No. 2 Ford by drafting Earnhardt, then surge back in front. It didn't happen. Earnhardt kept his No. 88 Chevrolet ahead of Keselowski and gained his first Pocono Raceway victory in 29 starts.
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April 11, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FOR THOSE of us eagerly awaiting an influx of young racing talent in NASCAR to stimulate interest, it appears our wish is coming true. Thank you, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and others. Larson, 21, finished second in the California Sprint Cup race March 23 after winning the Nationwide Series race the day before. He finished fifth at Texas in Monday's rain-delayed Cup race. Dillon, 23, is 12th in points with an average finish of 15.2 in the season's first seven races.
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March 28, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman
FIVE RACES into the new NASCAR Sprint Cup season and, to use a popular term, here's what is trending: For openers, there are five different race winners: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. That's good for the series. Last year, five different drivers also won the first five races: Jimmie Johnson, Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. In the 10-year history of the Chase, there have not been six different winners beginning a season.
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