WILL BUSCH OR VICKERS MAKE THE CHASE?

Only two races remain before the Chase field is set. Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers, who sit in 13th and 14th place, will be pushing 12th-place Matt Kenseth hard for the final spot in Atlanta and Richmond over the next two weekends.So which of these outsiders has the advantage? This weekend Vickers returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he made his Cup debut in 2003, and has performed well throughout his career. In 12 series starts there he has finished in the top 10 five times. His first top ...

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BUSCH, VICKERS HAVE EQUAL SHOT AT BREAKING INTO CHASE

Following the Saturday night race at Bristol, the Sprint Cup Series saw another shakeup in the points standings. With just two races left until the 12-driver Chase field is finalized, let’s take a look at the updated probability table.Because of the strength of the competitors in the 12th through 14th spots, I am updating the 12th place points target to 3,172.  That is up from 3,149 last week, and the 3,120 I had been using the last few weeks.  This will cause some previous " ...

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KYLE BUSCH WINS SHARPIE 500

Kyle Busch kept his Chase hopes alive with a victory over runner-up Mark Martin at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Busch sits just 34 points behind 12th-place Matt Kenseth for the final spot in the Chase. The win was Busch's fourth of the season. Martin had several chances to put the bumper to Busch in the closing laps for the win, but the classy veteran raced Busch clean, as you can see in the video below. Marcos Ambrose finished an impressive third.  ...

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BUSCH AND VICKERS SHARE A TRUCK RIDE

Aaaaaaawkward. BFFs Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch share a truck ride on their introductory lap at Bristol. This photo was taken before the start of the Sharpie 500 on Saturday by blogger extraordinaire Jay Busbee. Busch and Vickers had a run-in last week at Michigan International Raceway on the last lap of the Nationwide Series race, which was followed by harsh comments from both and the greatest post-race press conference in recent history.Related link:Most awkward press conference ever ...

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KESELOWSKI MICHIGAN NATIONWIDE PASS

Brad Keselowski won. The fans were thrilled. And Kyle Busch was pissed. Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Michigan had something for everyone, including a thrilling final lap pass by Keselowski for the win on his home track. With Busch and Brian Vickers fighting for the lead on the last lap, Keselowski passed them both and held them off. Vickers finished second and Busch third. They exchanged heated words on pit road afterward. Busch called Vickers' tactics "stupid." Vickers sai ...

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GORDON SAYS KYLE BUSCH IS A ‘JERK’

I think Jeff Gordon will be OK to race on Sunday.Yesterday Gordon - who wrenched his already-injured back in a horrific crash at Watkins Glen on Monday - rode the Millennium Force roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. But Gordon's rapidly-healing back is not the news here. A fan recorded this video of Gordon during a question-and-answer session at the park.Around the 7:30 mark Gordon is asked if he is happy that Kyle Busch has become the most hated man in NASCAR. Gor ...

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KYLE BUSCH PULLS CLOSER TO TOP 12

You didn't think he would go quietly, did you? Kyle Busch will be around to annoy us - or thrill us, depending how you feel about him - to the bitter end. With his fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen on Monday, Busch closed the gap between himself and the 12th and final spot in the Chase field. Busch entered Monday 101 points behind Greg Biffle. He now sits just 58 points behind Matt Kenseth. Busch moved up by - and I can't believe that I am about to write this - racing smart, instead of hard. H ...

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KYLE BUSCH IS TRYING TO BE NICEkY

Kyle Busch, who has always the random onion ring in NASCAR's bland, salted box of French fries, is turning over a new leaf. xxx ...

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NASCAR NOTICED KYLE BUSCH’S GUITAR SMASH

Kyle Busch, who made headlines this week for not acting like a total ass when he finished 38th at The Brickyard, has yet to follow through on his promise to buy more Gibson guitars from artist Sam Bass to replace the one he smashed after his June 6 win at the Nashville Superspeedway. Bass did, however, receive an apology from NASCAR's president. “Mike Helton came up to me a few weeks later and said he appreciated how I handled it,” Bass said. “I imagine there was some communica ...

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KYLE BUSCH HITS THE WALL AT THE BRICKYARD

A cut tire at The Brickyard on Sunday sent Kyle Busch into the wall, back to the garage and out of the top 12 for the Chase. Busch currently sits in 14th place with six races to go before the Chase field is finalized. "I think it's pretty self-explanatory that we're trying to fight for a spot in the Chase," Busch said. Video of Busch's bad day, and Robby Gordon's spin, after the jump. Kyle Busch heads to the garage Robby Gordon spinsRelated links:Indianapolis crashesLoose wheel ...

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