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Jamie McMurray bests Chase drivers to win pole
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR's championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway....

SHR prepares for future with crew chief swap

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- When Kurt Busch was eliminated from NASCAR title contention, it became apparent to both the driver and his owner that if a change was going to be made to his team it had to be done soon....

Stenhouse reflects on missing 1st Sprint Cup race

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Varying qualifying strategies at Talladega Superspeedway created a bizarre set of circumstances that cost Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a spot in last week's Sprint Cup race....

Edwards and Newman are surprises of NASCAR's Chase
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- NASCAR's new championship format came with fan-friendly brackets that likely had fans advancing Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. deep into the playoffs....

NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson knew it wasn't his year

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was eliminated from NASCAR's playoffs last week, but he came to grips with his fate far before he was actually knocked out of title contention....

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