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Power Rankings: Kansas

When the dust cleared after a hectic weekend at Charlotte, Joey Logano was holding the trophy -- and a legit claim as a contender for the Sprint Cup title. He's No. 1 in Ryan McGee's Power Rankings.

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Rundown: Kenseth among big names in a bind

After a rough Sunday at Charlotte, Matt Kenseth is in a sizable hole (32 points from the cutoff). The JGR star isn't the only big-name Chaser who suddenly has a lot to worry about, writes John Oreovicz.

Craven: Edwards' explanation of wreck doesn't correlate (2:19)
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2dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Logano punches ticket to advance

On a day when other prominent Chasers foundered, Joey Logano and his Penske Racing team served notice to the rest of the field with a dominant victory at Charlotte.

Logano punches ticket to Round 3 with win in Charlotte (1:40)
Craven expects retaliation from Dale Jr. (1:12)
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Turn 4: No JJ, no problem?

Is Jimmie Johnson's early Chase exit bad news for NASCAR? Which remaining Chase drivers need to step up? Who should drive the No. 9 car next season? The ESPN gang mulled this week's burning questions.

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6hBob Pockrass

Kahne's girlfriend gives birth to baby boy

Kasey Kahne has joined the list of new fathers on the Sprint Cup Series circuit as his girlfriend, Sam Sheets, gave birth to their boy Tuesday morning.

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4dDeb Williams

Education a priority at Newman's Rescue Ranch

Ryan and Krissie Newman's Rescue Ranch is a haven for rabbits, pigs and all sorts of animals in need. Just as important, it's a place for kids to learn how to treat them responsibly.

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5dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: New Chase round, same favorite

After delivering in a must-win situation at Dover, Kevin Harvick enters the Contender Round with a head of steam. Can the JGR drivers -- or anyone else -- steal the defending champ's thunder?

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Kenseth completes qualifying sweep at Charlotte

Matt Kenseth won the pole Thursday night for the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, turning a lap at 194.532 mph to edge fellow Chase contender and teammate Kyle Busch.

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6dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: If you ain't cheatin' ... ?

Was Kevin Harvick trying to hide something -- cheating to be precise -- when he damaged his car Sunday doing victory burnouts? Some of his competitors are wondering, writes Bob Pockrass.

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7dMatthew Willis

Willis: Start with Harvick at Charlotte

With the Chase points for the top 12 drivers reset heading into this weekend's race at Charlotte, how should you craft a DFS lineup? Matt Willis breaks it down.

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Power Rankings: Matty Nice on the rise

There's a lot of noise and confusion after three races in the race to the Sprint Cup championship. Ryan McGee says forget all that in this week's Power Rankings, Matt Kenseth is the driver to beat.

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Rundown: Junior's achievement

Dale Earnhardt Jr. managed to squeak into the next round of the Chase by the narrowest of margins. He may be primed to make a real run now, writes Bob Pockrass.

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9dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Harvick as good as he needs to be

Kevin Harvick and his team have consistently been the best in the Sprint Cup Series all season, and they had to be Sunday to advance to the next round of the Chase. Mission accomplished.

With the pressure on, Harvick wins and advances (2:08)
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6dBob Pockrass

Waltrip still plans to run Daytona 500 in 2016

Michael Waltrip, who announced that his race team would shut down after this season, still plans to run the 2016 Daytona 500. He just needs to figure out how he'll do it.

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7dBob Pockrass

Earnhardt Jr. not looking to swap pit crews

Even though a loose wheel nearly kept Dale Earnhardt Jr. from advancing to the second round of the Chase, he doesn't want to see a swap of pit crews in the Hendrick Motorsports stable.

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6dBob Pockrass

Truex Jr.'s crew chief Pearn placed on probation

NASCAR has put the crew chief of Chase driver Martin Truex Jr. on probation through the end of the season after the team was discovered to have a noncompliant body panel at Dover.

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7dBob Pockrass

Axalta to sponsor Dale Jr. for 13 races in 2016

Axalta will move from sponsoring the soon-to-be-retired Jeff Gordon to Dale Earnhardt Jr. starting in 2016, when they will be the primary sponsor of the No. 88 car for 13 races.

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8dBob Pockrass

New Hampshire Speedway's McGrath named GM

Speedway Motorsports Inc. has elevated New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president of corporate sales David McGrath to general manager of the facility.

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Townley wins Trucks race marred by Theriault crash

John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an event marred by Austin Theriault's head-on crash into a wall.


Turn 4: What's the deal?

The ESPN gang mulled this week's burning questions, which included Brad Keselowski's restart penalty and Tony Stewart's retirement. What did they all think? Catch Turn 4.

Defending champ Harvick in trouble (1:34)
Stewart: Decision to retire was '100 percent mine' (1:58)


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Already being asked about Dantonio to SC, his alma mater. I sense he's pretty set at MSU. Spent his whole life except college in Midwest.