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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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2dJohn 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.

Can Jimmie Johnson ever get back to title contending? (1:28)
With the pressure on, Harvick wins and advances (2:08)
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5hBob 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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4hBob Pockrass

Vegas wall-upgrade plans in place before crash

Las Vegas Motor Speedway already had plans to put an energy-absorbing barrier on the outside wall that Austin Theriault smashed into head-on during the Camping World Truck Series race Saturday.

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10hBob Pockrass

RPM, Ford extend deal for 'foreseeable future'

Richard Petty Motorsports will remain with Ford for the "foreseeable future" as they announced a multiyear extension of their relationship that was rekindled in 2010.

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11hBob 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.

Harvick dominates Dover, advances to next round (2:11)
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1dBob 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)
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5dBob Pockrass

Harvick hopeful of repeat despite '0-2' hole

Kevin Harvick faces a near must-win situation as the Chase enters cut-down weekend at Dover, but he remains hopeful he'll be one of the 12 drivers to move on.

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Sadler gets Xfinity ride with JR Motorsports

Elliott Sadler will drive for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2016. He has been a regular in Xfinity since 2011 and was twice runner-up in 2011 and 2012 in the championship standings.

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6dRyan McGee

McGee: Stewart all smiles

You won't see Tony Stewart race a Sprint Cup Series car after next season, but at his retirement announcement Wednesday, he made it sound -- happily -- as if he intends to race again somewhere.

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6dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Stewart's road to fame got IndyCar boost

A talent like Tony Stewart doesn't come along very often. Given his retirement announcement Wednesday, a look back at his brief but stellar beginnings in the IndyCar Series is instructive.

Stewart facing adversity in final season of Hall of Fame career (1:56)
Stewart: Decision to retire was '100 percent mine' (1:58)
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7dMatthew Willis

Willis: Target Harvick at Dover

Kevin Harvick faces elimination at Dover. Matt Willis thinks he'll come through this weekend's race in a big way.

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Rundown: Restart madness

The eye in the sky nabbed Brad Keselowski for jumping a restart on an eventful weekend throughout NASCAR, writes John Oreovicz.

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Kenseth wins after Harvick gamble on fuel fails

Matt Kenseth pushed Kevin Harvick down the stretch and took the lead for good when the defending series champion ran out of gas Sunday at New Hampshire in the second race of the Chase.

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Turn 4: Harvick too hot?

The ESPN gang mulled this week's burning questions, which included Kevin Harvick's actions and predicament. What did they all think? Catch Turn 4.

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9dBob Pockrass

Keselowski rallies after penalty for jumping restart

NASCAR drivers have said they wanted NASCAR to take a firm stance on restarts, and Brad Keselowski found out Sunday just how closely NASCAR will rule on restarts in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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Gordon sets record with 789th straight start

Jeff Gordon has set a NASCAR record with his 789th consecutive start, passing Ricky Rudd. Rudd set the mark in 2002 when he broke Terry Labonte's streak of 655 straight starts.

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Blaney pulls past Dillon, captures Xfinity race

Ryan Blaney completed a Team Penske season sweep of the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Kentucky Speedway, beating Ty Dillon in a green-white-checkered finish Saturday night.

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9dBob Pockrass

Furniture Row extends Truex, joins Toyota

Furniture Row has signed driver Martin Truex Jr. to a new one-year contract for next season and announced another decision Sunday that it hopes leads to long-term success.

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Edwards claims pole for second Chase race

Carl Edwards continued Joe Gibbs Racing's dominance with a lap of 137.980 mph to win the Sprint Cup pole Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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11dBob Pockrass

Ku. Busch crew chief on job after appendectomy

Kurt Busch crew chief Tony Gibson, who had an appendectomy Tuesday, arrived at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday in time for the opening laps of practice.

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16dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Harvick hacked off at Johnson

Jimmie Johnson's car made contact with Kevin Harvick's, and shortly after, Harvick crashed. His Chase chances dwindling, Harvick returned the favor with a closed-fist shove after the race.

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13dBob Pockrass

Insurance company: Stewart's suit not covered

The insurance company that covers Tony Stewart Racing has filed court documents saying Stewart's policy does not cover the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr.

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13dBob Pockrass

Kurt Busch's crew chief has appendectomy

Kurt Busch's crew chief Tony Gibson could miss a portion of the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after having an emergency appendectomy Tuesday.

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17dBob Pockrass

Grandson of Earnhardt Sr. gets 2016 Cup ride

Jeffrey Earnhardt, the 26-year-old grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Sr. and nephew of current driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., will vie for Sprint Cup rookie honors in 2016.

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Turn 4: Let the Chase begin

The ESPN gang mulled this week's burning questions, which included the Busch boys. Who will be the better brother in the Chase? Catch Turn 4.

Dale Jr. feeling confident chasing first title (1:24)