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Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — Carl Edwards had to hold off Jeff Gordon on the final lap, but he was able to secure his first ever road course win on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway in California. The victory was Edwards’ second of the season, cementing his spot in the Chase for the Cup field.
“My road racing progression, it’s been a pretty long climb,” said Edwards, who had never finished higher than third at Sonoma. “The real special part to me was to stand in Victory Lane at Sonoma and have Jeff Gordon come and give me a handshake as the second-place finisher. 
Gordon leads all drivers with five wins at Sonoma and almost picked up his sixth. After Edwards took the lead off a restart with 25 laps to go, Gordon made a strong run at the lead but was able to pass the 99 car. His second place finish keeps Gordon on the top of points standings.
Edwards helped Rousch Fenway Racing snap a five-race win streak for rival team Hendrick Motorsports. It also comes one week after Rousch Fenway failed to have a single driver finish in the top-10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third with Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard rounding out the top-five.
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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Michigan 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Michigan 400

Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Kevin Harvick took home the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup series race at Michigan.
Harvick’s pole-winning speed of 204.557 mph was the fastest qualifying speed since Bill Elliot in 1987.
“This is one of those racetracks where you’re running fast, but you really can’t put it all in perspective, I guess, until you hit something,” Harvick said. “It’s so wide, it’s so fast and so smooth, but you don’t really get that huge sensation of speed.”
Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon was the second fastest on Friday and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“This format has obviously been good for me to kind of, I guess, creep up on it as you go through the sessions,” Harvick said. “A fast car really solves a lot of problems.”
Harvick enjoys racing at Michigan.
“Michigan’s been fast for a long time. How fast is too fast?” Harvick said. “The cars will slow down a tremendous amount when we get them in race trim and you get them in a pack, and it’s going to be quite a bit hotter on Sunday. They’ll slow down. Qualifying speeds are high. It’s just a matter of whose opinion is taken on whether it’s too fast or not.”
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Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup Race

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup Race

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Jimmie Johnson is at it again.  The six-time Sprint Cup champion took home the checkered flag for the second consecutive weekend after a win at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
Johnson won last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.
Brad Keselowski won the pole and made a late rally, but fell short and finished in second.
“It’s amazing that we can stay on top of things here with the different generation car, different rules, different tires,” Johnson said. “This place just fits my style and (crew chief) Chad Knaus’ style.”
Kyle Busch’s bid at a sweep this weekend took a turn for the worst after the No. 18 Toyota slammed into the wall 124 laps into the 400-lap race and was forced into the garage. Busch won the Nationwide Series race earlier in the weekend.
Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
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Joey Logano Wins at Texas Motor Speedway

Joey Logano Wins at Texas Motor Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Joey Logano had a big lead with 15 laps to go and held off Jeff Gordon in a green-white checkered finish in the rain-delayed Texas Motor Speedway Sprint Cup race on Monday.
The race was postp…

Clint Bowyer Wants to Win at Martinsville

Clint Bowyer Wants to Win at Martinsville

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Clint Bowyer is eager to win the seven-foot tall grandfather clock this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Bowyer finished in second at last year’s race and followed that with a third-place fi…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Daytona 500

Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) –  It was a long day in Daytona, but when it was all said and done, NASCAR’s most popular driver stood alone: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on Sunday for the second time i…

Jeff Gordon Wins at Martinsville

Jeff Gordon Wins at Martinsville

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Jeff Gordon picked up his first short track win since 2005 after catching Matt Kenseth late to take the checkered flag on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
The win moved Gordon from fifth to third in the…

Kevin Harvick Wins at Kansas

Kevin Harvick Wins at Kansas

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Kevin Harvick won the pole and then won the race on Sunday at Kansas Motor Speedway to put himself third in the Chase championship.
Kurt Busch finished in second, followed by his teammate Jeff Gordon, …

Jeff Gordon Added to the Chase

Jeff Gordon Added to the Chase

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(JOLIET, Ill.) — Jeff Gordon has made the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Gordon finished last weekend’s race at Richmond in eighth place, leaving Gordon one point behind Penske Racings Joey Logano for the 12th and fi…

Kasey Kahne Wins at Pocono

Kasey Kahne Wins at Pocono

John Harrelson/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.)  — Kasey Kahne is right back in the chase for the Sprint Cup.
Kahne passed Jeff Gordon for the lead off the final restart with two laps remaining to win the GoBowling.com 400 Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
I…

Tony Stewart Wins FedEx 400

Tony Stewart Wins FedEx 400

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) — Tony Stewart cruised into victory lane for the first time this season after coming back to beat Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
Stewart snapped a 30-race winless stre…

Jimmie Johnson Wins At Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson Wins At Martinsville

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va) — Jimmie Johnson sure loves racing at Martinsville Speedway.
Johnson led a career-best 346 laps and pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go for his eighth-career victory at the track.
“We stuck to our…

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Daytona 500

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500 fending off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.
After becoming the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole, Danica Patrick finished in eighth place.
Johnson, who wins …

Brad Keselowski wins 2012 Sprint Cup Championship

Brad Keselowski wins 2012 Sprint Cup Championship

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — Brad Keselowski captured his first-career Sprint Cup championship on Sunday.  Coming into the race, the 28-year-old had to finish 15th or better up 20 points on Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson pulled o…

NASCAR Fines Jeff Gordon for Intentionally Wrecking Clint Bowyer

NASCAR Fines Jeff Gordon for Intentionally Wrecking Clint Bowyer

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points on Monday, for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer during Sunday’s race at Phoenix. The incident resulted in a fight…

Brad Keselowski takes over points lead after Wild Finish

Brad Keselowski takes over points lead after Wild Finish

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR(AVONDALE, Ariz.) — It was a wild finish at Phoenix International Raceway.  Jeff Gordon crashed into Clint Bowyer with two laps remaining on Sunday, which caused a green-white finish.  Kevin Harvick came…

Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview

Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) — NASCAR heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday night in the fifth stop for the race for the Sprint Cup championship. 
Kasey Kahne avoided the 25-car crash and found a way to win at Tal…

Matt Kenseth wins at Talladega

Matt Kenseth wins at Talladega

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(TALLADEGA, Ala.) — Matt Kenseth took home the checkered flag in a wild finish in the fourth stop of the chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Talladega on Sunday.
Tony Stewart was leading during the final lap before a 25-c…

Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. Optimistic Ahead of Dover

Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. Optimistic Ahead of Dover

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The race for the Sprint Cup championship heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend with eight remaining in the chase.
Jimmie Johnson sits atop the points lead and says Dover has always been good to his te…

Denny Hamlin wins in New Hampshire

Denny Hamlin wins in New Hampshire

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Denny Hamlin took home the checkered flag in the second stop for the chase for the Sprint Cup championship at New Hampshire on Sunday.  The win was Hamlin’s fifth of the season.
Jimmie Johnson f…

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