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It took less than four laps for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to feel back at home in his race car. His test this week at Darlington Raceway was the final hurdle for NASCAR’s most popular driver to earn clearance to compete next season.
Jimmie Johnson had the commemorative helmet and a photographer chronicling his every move. He even ran a symbolic seven miles the night before his shot at a seventh championship.
Jimmie Johnson attempts a drive into NASCAR history. Kyle Busch would love to spoil Johnson’s record run with a racing milestone of his own and win back-to-back Sprint Cup championships. Joey Logano and Carl Edwards just want to join the championship club. The top finisher among the four contenders will be the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
Richard Petty says he hasn’t talked to Jimmie Johnson about chasing a seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Johnson would match Petty and Dale Earnhardt with seven Cup championships should be beat Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch in Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson finally has a chance to tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the record books with seven NASCAR championships. His last title was in 2013 and Johnson has been on this hunt ever since. He’ll race against Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards on Sunday with the highest-finishing driver at Homestead-Miami Speedway winning the title.
Carl Edwards appears to be closest to race-ready after a strong showing in the final NASCAR practice of the season. Edwards had the second-fastest car on pure speed on Saturday and he was the fastest title contender in the indicator for race readiness. Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship. The highest-finishing driver wins the title.
NASCAR’s four title contenders hardly seemed like rivals during their preview for the championship race. The quartet of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards have been quite chummy over the entire week, but they’ll have to turn it up a gear come Sunday when the Sprint Cup championship is on the line.
Kevin Harvick goes into Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway needing a win to make it to next week’s championship finale. He’s not too worried about it, though, because of his success at Phoenix. Harvick has won 6 of the last 8 races in Phoenix and was in a must-win situation in 2014. He won that year and went on to win the NASCAR title the next week. Harvick will start 6th on Sunday.
Carl Edwards got the victory he desperately needed to earn a championship-contending spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, winning at Texas on Sunday night in a race shortened by 41 laps because of rain after the start was delayed nearly six hours.
Joey Logano was initially unrepentant, insistent he had done nothing wrong in a feud with Matt Kenseth that ultimately cost Logano a chance to win his first Cup championship.
Two favorites were cut from NASCAR’s championship field at Talladega Superspeedway, where Joey Logano earned a critical victory for Team Penske and Denny Hamlin used a tiebreaker to get the final spot in the next round of the playoffs.
Jimmie Johnson could feel the pressure mounting all season as he continued to turn into the garage area rather than Victory Lane after failing to win Sprint Cup races.
Martin Truex Jr. spent almost a decade trying to climb his way into NASCAR’s top tier. He didn’t win races, never led many laps, wasn’t considered an elite driver capable of winning championships.
Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday at Dover International Speedway for his second victory in the first three Chase races.
Martin Truex Jr. went from a completely unraveled tire that left him a lap down to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead for the first time in his career.
Based on history, the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will produce pushing and shoving, ruined cars and a whole lot of yelling and finger-pointing. The third year of NASCAR’s elimination-style, 10-race dash for the series title begins Sunday with the 400-mile race at Chicagoland Speedway. Drivers, start your aggression.
Tony Stewart said he expects to meet with fellow driver Ryan Newman and NASCAR officials Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in an attempt to smooth over some hard feelings from last week’s race at Richmond (Virginia) International Raceway.
Chris Buescher’s task, should he accomplish it Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, is no small feat.
Kyle Larson took the lead on a restart with nine laps remaining and held off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in a duel between two of NASCAR’s up-and-coming standouts.
Kevin Harvick wasn’t worried about his poor qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, starting 24th gave Harvick exactly what he wanted to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.