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1hBob Pockrass

Psst. Watch out for Kyle Busch, guys

You'd think the defending Sprint Cup champion, who has achieved significantly better results in the Chase this year than he did in his championship season, would have the focus on him. Nope.

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Truex bounces back to win pole at Martinsville

Martin Truex Jr. vowed to win the remaining races this season once he was knocked out of the playoffs. A pole-winning run at Martinsville Speedway was a strong step toward fulfilling that.

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2dBob Pockrass

Chase for the Sprint Cup 2016: Breaking down the grid

The Chase started with 16 drivers vying for the title. That field has been cut in half with four races to go. Who has a leg up to advance to the final four? Bob Pockrass breaks it down.

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3dMatt Willis

Drivers to build around at Martinsville in DFS

NASCAR shifts from its longest track to its shortest track as the drivers head to Martinsville. Which daily fantasy options will thrive at this compact course?

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5dJohn Oreovicz

Joey Logano's ride looking smoother after Talladega win

Joey Logano said he learned a lot after becoming Public Enemy No. 1 in last year's playoffs. He and his team showed it Sunday with a smooth victory at Talladega, writes John Oreovicz.

Logano holds off the field to tame Talladega (1:38)
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Sprint Cup standings

Joey Logano leads final eight into Chase with win at Talladega.

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7dJohn Oreovicz

Risk vs. reward is trite but true at Talladega

Figuring out the risk vs. reward equation is vital at Talladega. For the drivers with a long-shot chance to advance in the Chase -- such as Chase Elliott -- high risk is certain.

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6dRicky Craven

Vagaries of Talladega tax every driver heavily

Drivers usually spend their time thinking about winning. They'll think about that -- and risk Sunday at Talladega. Here's to a safe and productive race, if that's possible, writes Ricky Craven.

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8dBob Pockrass

Teammates may really matter at Talladega on Sunday

Having teammates will not have been more important all season than Sunday at Talladega. What does driver and owner Tony Stewart expect? Don't expect a calm and peaceful time, writes Bob Pockrass.

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9dBob 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.

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12dJohn 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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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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13dJohn 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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13dMatthew 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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13dJohn 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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17dBob 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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Martin Truex Jr. says his team has a little bit of a chip on its shoulder after a blown engine ended his Chase hopes last week at Talladega. He has four wins this year and sits on the pole for the race Sunday at Martinsville.


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Joey Logano started from the pole for three consecutive Martinsville races and will start second Sunday. He had the best performance of any Chase driver in qualifying Friday. That is important for the psyche, he says.


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#78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with speed of 98.206mph for his 5th pole of 2016, 1st at Martinsville and 12th of his career. #22-Logano will start 2nd, followed by ##48-Johnson, #47-Allmendinger, #24-Elliott, #14-Stewart, #19-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #88-Gordon, #42-Larson, and #23-Ragan. Just 40 drivers were entered, so everyone made the race.