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CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: JIMMIE JOHNSON IS SNEAKY THAT WAY

    

Twenty races had passed since Jimmie Johnson's 74th victory. He had already been eliminated from the Chase. The AAA Texas 500 was utterly dominated -- and this is 312 laps led out of a possible 334 -- by Brad Keselowski, who needed to win it in order to stay alive.

Too bad. After watching Keselowski do the heavy lifting all day, Johnson greased the skids and stole the load.

Keselowski has one more shot this week at Phoenix International Raceway. He's at the helm of a ship in perilous waters. The same is true of Joey Logano, his Penske Racing teammate, and Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick probably doesn't have to win in order to advance into the Chase's final, title-determining round of four. Harvick has won the past four Sprint Cup races at PIR. He's the man to beat in this one, obviously.

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR TITLE CHASE HEATS UP

After a controversy-filled, eight-race slugfest in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, it’s finally time for a duel in the desert for the NASCAR gang.

Entering Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, only four-time series champ 

Jeff Gordon has clinched a spot into the four-man battle royale main event next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

CP MOTORSPORTS - JOHNSON CRUISES TO VICTORY DESPITE KESELOWSKI'S DOMINANT PERFORMANCE

It's not how you start the race -- or run the entire race which matters. It's how you finish.

Nobody's leard the valuable lesson of finishing more than six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. The driver of the iconic No. 48 for Hendrick Motorsports passed Brad Keselowski late to grab the win in the 500 mile affair at Texas Motor Speedway.

While Keselowski led over 300 laps, Johnson only led 6.

CP MOTORSPORTS - LOUIS BREWSTER: DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS

Random thoughts on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase, waiting to see how many people – from the garage area into the grandstands – will be unable to handle the pressure of the next three weeks. 

Now that there's been a final decision by appeals boards to uphold NASCAR's suspension of Matt Kenseth for two races, what is the public to make of the verdict? Oh, race fans will have an opinion on the Kenseth situation, but many will have a harsh reaction for what he received and what Danica Patrick didn't.

CP MOTORSPORTS - KESELOWSKI WINS O'REILLY AUTO PARTS CHALLENGE, GIVES ROGER PENSKE TITLE

After major disappointment one week ago in Martinsville, former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski needed a hot weekend in the Lone Star State to continue his bid for a second championship. While there wasn't much Keselowski could do to better his Cup chances in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge -- winning couldn't hurt.

Winning is exactly what Keselowski did. In fact the driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford led 62 laps to grab his second Xfinity career Xfinity win at Texas and his 34th victory overall.

CP MOTORSPORTS - APPEALS PANEL UPHOLDS KENSETH NASCAR SUSPENSION

The Nationals Motorsports Appeals Panel has upheld the two-race suspension handed down to Matt Kenseth by NASCAR. 

Kenseth was issued a Behavioral Penalty on Nov. 3 when he crashed into Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday. The original penalty also placed Kenseth on NASCAR probation for six months.
 
Kenseth was issued the penalty based on the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 12.1 and 12.8.

CP MOTORSPORTS – KENSETH FINED FOR MARTINSVILLE ACTIONS

 

NASCAR veteran Matt Kenseth earned headlines, cheers and criticism Sunday at Martinsville Speedway for his intentional crash of race leader Joey Logano.

​The second part of the melodrama unfolded Tuesday evening.

In response to the Martinsville incident, NASCAR officials announced that Kenseth has been suspended for the next two Sprint Cup races and placed on NASCAR probation for a six-month period following issuance of the penalty notice.

JEWKES TO LEAVE NASCAR FOR SR. MANAGEMENT ROLE AT AMB GROUP

 
NASCAR today announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer  Brett Jewkes has accepted a senior management position with Atlanta-based AMB Group, LLC, the investment management and support services arm of Arthur Blank’s family of businesses, and will leave his role at NASCAR following Ford Championship Weekend.

CP MOTORSPORT - GORDON GRABS MONUMENTAL MARTINSVILLE WIN

Jeff Gordon punched his ticket to Homestead with a victory Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. The four-time Sprint Cup champion will go into the final race of his career with a chance to win his fifth championship. 

Gordon was put in the position to notch his ninth career win at the Virginia short track after the leader Joey Logano was taken out by Matt Kenseth. Logano led a race high 207 laps but finished 42 laps down in 37th place following the apparent retaliation between the pair earlier in the race. 

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: GIVEN THE HISTORY, THE LOGANO/KENSETH DUST-UP HAPPENED AT THE RIGHT PLACE

 

Clay Earles parked his car alongside U.S. 220, got out and sighed with resignation. Before him was a briar patch that looked more intimidating than any he ever had seen. 

He mumbled an expletive and waded into the tangled mess, which was thick with thorns.
 
Within only a few feet Earles, then 33, was forced onto hands and knees, following a path probably worn by rabbits, 'possums and other critters.

Bouchard roared across the finish line about two feet ahead of Waltrip.

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