CHICAGO SHAKE UP ADDS INTRIGUE

“So this is one of ten.  So there's a lot that can happen...” The words of Monday’s Geico 400 winner Tony Stewart ring true. It may actually be more understatement than anything else, because a lot has happened already, with front runners dropping off and mid-packers surging ahead.While most of the race produced the kind of racing typical of a mile-and-a-half track, the ending produced the kind of shake up that a number of fans were looking for. With his win ...

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BAD BRAD FRONTS A CAST OF UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

You may not always like the racing you see week in and week out, but you can’t deny the flavors of the week have been changing as the 2011 Sprint Cup season unfolds.If the Chase started today, Brad Keselowski would be in it. No longer can it be said of him that his lone victory came in one of those flukey plate races. With victories at tracks as diverse as the mile-and-a-half at Kansas, and the Tricky Triangle at Pocono, Bad Brad has demonstrated the chops of a wheel man. How about Paul ...

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RYAN NEWMAN LEADS 1-2 FINISH FOR STEWART-HAAS RACING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart started Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway first and second, and that is how they ran when the checkered flag flew. Surviving a fuel mileage race, the Stewart-Haas Racing teammates were able to give the team its first victory of the 2011 season and its first one-two finish as an organization. “It was a perfect day for the organization for sure,” Stewart said. “This is a perfect way to go into an off weekend, f ...

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KURT BUSCH WINS AT INFINEON AS TEMPERS FLARE

Although he had no previous road course wins, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch looked like a road course ace Sunday at Infineon Speedway. Using a two pit stop strategy and leading 75 of the 110 laps in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Busch dominated the event while the others fought it out behind him.“It was one of those unbelievable days where having a game plan going in, we weren't questioning it, it was just old school on how we were going to make it on two stops,” Busch said. Follow ...

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THERE’S ROOM AT THE TOP FOR A MATT KENSETH

Some drivers are fiery, like a Tony Stewart or Kevin Harvick. Other drivers are a bit more like politicians a la Jeff Burton or even Dale Jr. in his own way. Others are comedians, in the Michael Waltrip mode.Matt Kenseth is none of these. The 2003 NASCAR Cup champion just goes out and quietly does his job, somewhat like one of his mentors, Mark Martin. All you need to know about Kenseth’s understated approach can be summed up in the Nextel commercial where they call out a replacement ...

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