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2dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Harvick in surreal situation at Dover

Kevin Harvick is treating Sunday's Dover race as normally as he can. But it's anything but normal when the season's most dominant driver must win to avoid a first-round Chase elimination.

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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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3dBob 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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4dRyan 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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4dJohn 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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Power Rankings: The Wisdom of Yogi

How would Yogi Berra have tackled the Sprint Cup Power Rankings? Our Ryan McGee has an idea, and he's not afraid, because if you don't know where you're going, you might not get there.

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5dMatthew 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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4dBob Pockrass

Bowyer, MWR lose appeal over Chase penalties

Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing lost their initial appeal Wednesday of penalties for an illegal suspension piece confiscated by NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway.

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7dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Only in NASCAR ...

Matt Kenseth won a thriller Sunday at New Hampshire. It was far from the biggest story of the day as defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick and others met great misfortune.

5dBob Pockrass

Ward family suit vs. Stewart won't be moved

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against Tony Stewart will remain under the jurisdiction of the federal court that covers the home of the Ward family.

What is Tony Stewart's legacy? (1:54)
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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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7dBob 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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7dBob 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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9dBob 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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13dJohn 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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11dBob 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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11dBob 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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Nemechek earns first Truck victory by saving gas

John Hunter Nemechek grabbed his first career victory by capitalizing in the Truck series race at Chicagoland Speedway when others didn't have the fuel to make it to the finish.

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15dBob 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)
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17dBob Pockrass

Truex Jr, Kurt Busch expect to finalize deals soon

Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch expect to stay with their current teams in 2016. Another Chase-qualified driver, Clint Bowyer, isn't so sure what the new year will bring.

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15dBob Pockrass

NASCAR drivers seeking clarity on restart rule

With passing at a premium in NASCAR, drivers can feel the intensity on restarts, knowing that first lap, if not the first turn, on a restart can make the difference between winning and losing.

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Power Rankings: It's Kyle's time to shine

Kyle Busch has been one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR, but Ryan McGee kept him out of the top spot in the Sprint Cup Power Rankings. With the points reset for the Chase, Busch is up where he belongs.