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Brad Keselowski Wins Pole at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski Wins Pole at New Hampshire

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Brad Keselowski took home the pole on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will start up front after winning last weekend at Chicagoland.

Keselowski set a track-record lap of 140.598 mph and is hoping to win the second race in the first round, even though he’s already advanced.

“This kind of track is kind of right in my wheelhouse, right in our team’s wheelhouse,” Keselowski said. “We had this race circled before the Chase started and we felt decent about Chicago, but really felt like this was a race of emphasis for us to get a win and get out of the first bracket.”

Keselowski swept the Cup and Nationwide races at Loudon in July.

“It’s positive momentum,” he said, “but when it resets it resets and nothing that you’ve done in the past really matters as long as you’re eligible for the bracket. I’m a long, long ways from using the word favorite or feeling overly confident.”

Jamie McMurray, who is a non-chase driver finished second and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson.

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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Brickyard 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Brickyard 400

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(INDIANAPOLIS) — Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 on Saturday.

Harvick was followed by Jeff Gordon, and Brad Keselowski for the top three spots.

“I think that we certainly look at all the Hendrick cars and the Stewart-Haas cars … and Penske, to me, is the team to beat outside of what we have,” Gordon said. “I’m pretty sure all those groups have their best stuff here.”

Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have three wins this season.

“When you think you really understand what’s going on, you never know what somebody else has in their hand — much like if you were playing a game of poker,” Keselowski said. “We think that we have the two strongest hands with Penske and Hendrick, and certainly that’s been the case to this date in the season, but you just don’t know what’s out there.”

Gordon is the points leader and has one win this season.

“To be on the front row, 20 years after my first win, I get excited about that,” Gordon said.

Indiana native Ryan Newman won last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Less than a week after being upside down, Kyle Busch finds himself at the head of the pack prior to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch won the poll for Sunday’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by setting a new track record.

Busch posted a top lap speed of 138.130 mph, winning his second poll of the season. Jimmie Johnson will start alongside him while Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five. The first place start comes less than a week after Busch’s race came to an early close. The No. 18 car was involved in a 25-car wreck last week at Daytona, one that resulted in Busch ending up upside down.

“I thought it was a little bit tight but I guess I was driving through it enough that it was still carrying good speed,” Busch said. “Lap felt good. It didn’t feel that good, but it felt good.”

The record time marked the 13th time this season a track record has been broken during qualifying at a NASCAR event. Also qualifying was 72-year-old Morgan Shepard, who made the field when the 44th entrant dropped out. When the race begins Sunday, Shepard will extend his own record as the oldest driver to take part in a Sprint Cup race.

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Jimmie Johnson: Sonoma’s a Very ‘Cool Track’

Jimmie Johnson: Sonoma’s a Very ‘Cool Track’

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson returns to his home state of California this weekend at Sonoma race track.

Johnson comes into the weekend having won three out of the last four races.

“This track is way different than anything we run on because of the elevation changes,” Johnson said of the tough road course.

“Our cars are so big and heavy, we need a lot of real estate to slide our vehicles around, it makes a huge challenge; at the end of the day the tires take all the abuse,” Johnson continued.

Even with the difficulty of racing at Sonoma, Johnson always enjoys coming back home.

“Very cool track to make laps around,” Johnson said.  “On an oval, you probably have three to four moments that really get your attention, here with 11 corners around this track every braking zone you’re on edge.”

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Michigan 400

Jimmie Johnson Wins Michigan 400

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Cross another track off the list for Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson took home the checkered flag for the first time at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday and led 39 of the 200 laps.

Johnson has now won the last three out of four Sprint Cup races and has undoubtedly secured a spot in the Chase.

“I wasn’t taking anything for granted on that final trip around,” Johnson said.

“About 200 yards before the finish line, I knew if the car exploded, I’d still slide across the finish line,” Johnson joked.  “That’s finally when I relaxed and let it go.”

It took the six-time Sprint Cup champion 25 times to finally get into Victory Lane at Michigan.

Kevin Harvick, who won the pole, finished in second and was followed by Brad Keselowski.

Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne rounded 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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Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LONG POND, Pa.) — Denny Hamlin took home his second pole of the season on Friday after he set the track record at Pocono Raceway.

Hamlin has four career wins at Pocono and already has one Sprint Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway this season.

“Very proud to have that,” Hamlin said after winning the pole.  “Especially on a race track here where track position is going to be premium.”

Hamlin’s last pole win came at Bristol and he will be racing for the second time at the newly paved track on Sunday.

“Hope that this race track has aged a little bit,” Hamlin said of Pocono.  “When it was old and worn out is when we were really good around this race track.”

Jimmie Johnson, who was the last person to win three races in a row in 2007, is seeking his third straight victory at a track that crew chief Chad Knaus enjoys.

“This is Chad’s favorite race track,” Johnson said on Friday.  “[Chad] loves the challenge here.”

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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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Jimmie Johnson Wins Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson Wins Coca-Cola 600

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) — Jimmie Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, helping him qualify for NASCAR’s new postseason format.

After winning the pole on Thursday, the six-time Sprint Cup champion led 165 of the 400 laps en route to Victory Lane. It was the first win of the season for Johnson, marking his 13th straight season with a victory.

The defending Cup champion also picked up his fourth win in the 600, and a record seventh victory at Charlotte.

Johnson passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and was never threatened on his way to the checkered flag. Kevin Harvick finished second after leading 100 laps while Kenseth took third. Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. McMurray won the All-Star race in Charlotte last week.

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Kurt Busch Wins STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Kurt Busch Wins STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Kurt Busch found a way to hold off Jimmie Johnson with 10 laps remaining to win the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
Johnson had eight career wins at the short-track, but took home…

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…

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight at Fontana

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight at Fontana

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(FONTANA, Calif.) — Kyle Busch held off local boy Kyle Larson to take home the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Busch found a way to beat Larson along with Tony Stewart and his older brother Kurt du…

Joey Logano Wins Pole for Las Vegas

Joey Logano Wins Pole for Las Vegas

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LAS VEGAS) — Joey Logano picked up his eighth career pole after he set the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record during NASCAR’s first three-round knockout qualifying session on Friday.
Logano set the&n…

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…

Jimmie Johnson Wins Sixth Sprint Cup Title

Jimmie Johnson Wins Sixth Sprint Cup Title

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — Jimmie Johnson took home his sixth Sprint Cup championship on Sunday after finishing in ninth at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Johnson came into Sunday 28 points up on Matt Kenseth and held a 34 po…

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: New York Giants 24 (3-6) – Oakland Raiders 20 (3-6)
Seattle Seahawks 33 (9-1) – Atlanta Falcons 10 (2-7)
Baltimore Ravens 20 (4-5) Cincinnati Bengals 17 (6-4) – Overtime
Detroit Lions 21 (6-3) – Chicago Bears 19 (5…

Jimmie Johnson Talks Taking on Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson Talks Taking on Phoenix

John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jimmie Johnson holds a seven point lead over Matt Kenseth with two races remaining in the Sprint Cup season.
Johnson was victorious on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway and padded his lead a little after…

Jimmie Johnson Wins At Texas, Leads Chase

Jimmie Johnson Wins At Texas, Leads Chase

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) —  Jimmie Johnson is once again the leader in the chase for the Sprint Cup after a dominating win Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The five-time Sprint Cup champion now leads Matt Kenseth by seven poi…

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/3/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/3/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Tennessee Titans 28 (4-4) – St. Louis Rams 21 (3-6)
Kansas City Chiefs 23 (9-0) – Buffalo Bills 13 (3-6)
Carolina Panthers 34 (5-3) – Atlanta Falcons 10 (2-6)
Dallas Cowboys 27 (5-4) – Minnesota Vikings 23 (1-7)
Ne…

Carl Edwards Wins Pole at Texas

Carl Edwards Wins Pole at Texas

Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Carl Edwards took home the pole on Friday for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Edwards has a qualifying lap of 196.114 mph to secure the pole.  Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie John…

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