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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Jamie Squire/ Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Kevin Harvick won the second race in the Sprint Cup Contender round at Charlotte Motor Speedway, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Eliminator round.

While Harvick was the winner, former champion Brad Keselowski's championship hopes took a huge blow.  Keselowski traded paint with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin under a late yellow flag and the dust up spilled into the pits. 

After the race, Hamlin threw a towel at Keselowski.  Kenseth, however took things to a personal level.  In between the racer's trailers Kenseth charged after Keselowski and put him in a headlock.  The two racers traded fists until officials and crew members could restrain the two. 

"The race is over -- come back to pit road," Kenseth said of Keselowski "If you want to talk about it like a man, go do that. But if you want to wreck somebody on the racetrack with people standing around, that's just inexcusable."

Hamlin shared a similar sentiment, calling Keselowski desperate to save his title hopes and claiming "He's just out of control."

Keselowski saw things differently, stating that the other two were the instigators.

"I figured, if we're going to play car wars under yellow and after the race, I'll join, too," Keselowski said. "Those guys can dish it out, but they can't take it. I gave it back to them, and now they want to fight."

The final race of the Contender round wraps up next week at Talledega. 

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Logano Wins at Loudon

Logano Wins at Loudon

BannanStock(LOUDON, N.H.) -- Joey Logano etched his spot in the next round of NASCAR's "Chase for the Cup" by winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, and happened at the track he considers to be home.

"To me this is almost like Daytona," said the Connecticut native. "I watched my first Cup race here when I was five, and started my first one, and won my first one...to top it off with a win was really neat."

Logano was the second member of Team Penske to win a Chase race, following Brad Keselowski's victory last week. Keselowski finished seventh and led 78 laps, but hit the wall in the second half of the race. 

The race was marred by a season-high 15 cautions, the last of which came in overtime and saw Logano pull away for the win. Kyle Larson took second followed by Kevin Harvick, who led 27 laps.

Next week's race at Dover International Speedway marks the first "elimination" race in NASCAR's new playoff format where four drivers will be bounced from contention every three weeks. Currently, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Aric Amirola are in the bottom four spots.

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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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Completes Pocono Sweep

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Completes Pocono Sweep

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. survived a multi-car crash on lap 117 and then went ahead on the final restart to take home the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. completed the Pocono season sweep with the victory and was followed by a late charging Kevin Harvick.

Earnhardt credited the hard work by his team and crew chief Steve Letarte during the last restart.

"We had a fast car all day," Earnhardt said. "Steve's strategy was perfect at the end. I don't know if anyone knew what was going on there, but it was pretty awesome."

Earnhardt won his third race of the season, which is the most since he won six times back in 2004.

Denny Hamlin last completed the Pocono sweep back in 2006.

Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

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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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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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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole at Darlington

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole at DarlingtonJared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images(DARLINGTON, S.C.) -- Kevin Harvick took home his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday. Harvick won in the knockout round for Saturday night's Southern 500 and was followed by Joey Logano, who was las...

Kyle Larson Earns First Career Nationwide Victory

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Harvick Wins Second Straight at Phoenix

Harvick Wins Second Straight at PhoenixJeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images(AVONDALE, Ariz.) -- Kevin Harvick led 224 of the 312 laps at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday en route to winning The Profit on CNBC 500. Harvick has now won five Sprint Cup races at Phoenix, including the l...

Jimmie Johnson Wins Sixth Sprint Cup Title

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Jimmie Johnson Talks Taking on Phoenix

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Brad Keselowski Wins at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski Wins at CharlotteStreeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) -- Last year's Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak on Saturday night with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski, who failed to qualify for the Chase thi...

Kevin Harvick Wins at Kansas

Kevin Harvick Wins at KansasJared 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, ...

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole at Kansas

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole at KansasJared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Harvick took home his first pole since September 2006 on Friday at Kansas Motor Speedway. Harvick was followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Jimmie Johnson. "When you win that few poles, you remember everyt...

Matt Kenseth Wins at Chicagoland Speedway

Matt Kenseth Wins at Chicagoland SpeedwayJohn Harrelson/ Getty Images (JOLIET, Ill.) --  Matt Kenseth got off to a fast start in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth pulled away from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch late to win the Geico 400 Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch fin...

Kyle Busch Wins at Atlanta

Kyle Busch Wins at AtlantaChris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(ATLANTA) --  Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500 Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is Busch's fourth Cup win this season, and clinches him a spot in the Chase. Busch started of the race saying...

Joey Logano Wins the Pure Michigan 400

Joey Logano Wins the Pure Michigan 400Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(BROOKLYN Mich.) -- Joey Logano greatly improved his chances of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday. Mark Martin was cruising towards a victory until ...

Kyle Busch Wins the Indiana 250

Kyle Busch Wins the Indiana 250Chris Trotman/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  Kyle Busch continued his domination of the NASCAR Nationwide Series leading 92 of 100 laps to win the Indiana 250 Saturday afternoon. Brian Scott ran second, followed by Joey Logano, Brian Vickers, and ...

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Coke Zero 400

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Coke Zero 400Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DAYTONA) --  Jimmie Johnson's domination at Daytona continued on Saturday night. Johnson took home the victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400, becoming the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to win ...
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