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1dBob Pockrass

Chase for the Sprint Cup 2016: Breaking down the bubble

There are 12 drivers in the Chase, but four of them will be out after Talladega. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick will advance. The "Big One" looms large for the rest, writes Bob Pockrass.

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Power Rankings: 48 leads into Talladega

Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the two drivers definitely through to the next round of the Chase as racers head for an unpredictable weekend at Talladega. And they also happen to be 1-2 in the Power Rankings.

Harvick wins at Kansas, moves on to next round (1:17)
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4dJohn Oreovicz

Kevin Harvick just wins again, baby

Late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis coined the phrase, "Just win, baby." As he showed again Sunday at Kansas, nobody does it better than Kevin Harvick in this Chase format, writes John Oreovicz.

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Kevin Harvick gets off the Chase bubble with win at Kansas.

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Harvick wins at Kansas to reach next round of Chase

Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, going to the front on a late restart and outrunning Carl Edwards to lock up his spot in the next round of the Chase.

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Turn 4: Can Jimmie Johnson crack the century mark?

Will No. 48 hit the century mark? Who won't advance to the next round of the Chase? Did RCR do the right thing in extending Ryan Newman? What do Jimmie Johnson's struggles say for NASCAR?

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5dJohn Oreovicz

Kenseth just one story to watch at Kansas

Matt Kenseth and the Toyota gang have plenty to smile about ahead of Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. Will they leave there happy? John Oreovicz breaks down what to watch for.

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5dMatthew Willis

DFS NASCAR: Top values for Kansas

Matthew Willis provides the best strategies and top value plays in DFS for Sunday's Kansas race.

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5dJohn Oreovicz

Kansas could be a Chase dream-killer before Talladega

Restrictor-plate racing is always going to make the outcome unpredictable, but Kansas could eliminate some title hopefuls just as easily, which makes this weekend critical to some.

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Kurt Busch to use backup car after practice spin

Kurt Busch had a tire go down in the final seconds of the last practice session for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas, sending his car spinning down the track and into the front-stretch grass.

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Ky. Busch wins third straight Kansas Xfinity race

Kyle Busch won his third straight Xfinity race at Kansas on Saturday, while Chase contenders Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez followed him to the line to help their championship hopes.

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JJ on Stewart-Haas: 'We didn't share their data'

Hendrick Motorsports GM Doug Duchardt clarified that Stewart-Haas did in fact share information with HMS in the wake of Jimmie Johnson's comments stating otherwise.

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9dBob Pockrass

President Brad Keselowski?

Brad Keselowski doesn't mind sharing his opinion. Will he do it more as part of the Sprint Cup drivers council? Somebody likely has to step up for the retiring Tony Stewart, writes Bob Pockrass.

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Power Rankings: Look who's back!

Was it a one-race blip or is Jimmie Johnson ready to roll? Whatever Sunday's win at Charlotte showed, it was enough to put "Six-time" atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

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9dMatt Willis

DFS NASCAR - Drivers to build around at Kansas

NASCAR heads to Kansas as the playoffs continue and drivers jockey for position in the Chase. Matt Willis provides the top drivers for your daily fantasy lineups for this week's race.

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10dBob Pockrass

Rundown: Chase math changed when Denny Hamlin blew up

Denny Hamlin's car went up in smoke late in the race at Charlotte, and that changed the face of the Chase very quickly. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.

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10dJohn Oreovicz

Roger Penske and his IndyCar team keep getting better

Roger Penske had a very good week. First he celebrated another IndyCar Series championship, then capped it off by signing Josef Newgarden, the hottest young driver in the series.

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10dBob Pockrass

Ryan Newman signs extension with RCR

Ryan Newman will have more chances to win a Sprint Cup title for Richard Childress Racing after signing a contract extension.

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10dBob Pockrass

Dale Jr. pulling for Johnson to win Cup title

Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted he wants Jimmie Johnson to win the 2016 championship. The win would tie Johnson with Earnhardt's father and Richard Petty for the record of seven Cup titles.

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Logano passes Larson to win Xfinity Series race

Joey Logano turned what could have been an awful 800 miles of racing into two small victories, one that earned him a trophy, the other a breather in the championship standings.

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13dBob Pockrass

Daytona suffers 'moderate damage' from hurricane

Daytona International Speedway experienced no flooding on Friday after Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast but reported "moderate damage" to the facility from the Category 2 hurricane.

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Turn 4: Will Talladega keep drivers up at night?

There's two races between now and Talladega, the final race of Round 2 of the Chase. Are drivers likely already worried about it? Our experts weigh in on that and more.

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14dBob Pockrass

Chase for the Sprint Cup 2016: On to Round 2 of the playoffs

With 12 drivers left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup after the first round of the playoffs, Bob Pockrass breaks down the chances for each to advance the next three weeks to the "Round of 8."

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Power Rankings: Making it easy

There's no doubt Martin Truex Jr. is staying atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings this week. But what happens after that?

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16dMatthew Willis

DFS NASCAR: Drivers to build around at Charlotte

NASCAR heads to Charlotte as the playoffs continue and drivers jockey for position in the Chase. Matt Willis provides the top drivers for your daily fantasy lineups for this week's race.