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CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: THE UNAVOIDABLY FAMOUS FINAL SCENE

    

This is the end, and while 43 cars will circle Homestead-Miami Speedway, at least for a while, only four will really matter.

They are the few, the proud, the finalists in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch, thoroughly dangerous men all. It's not necessarily winner take all. It's who-finishes-highest-of-the-four take all. It wouldn't be a bad idea to win, just in case.

In terms of the season to date, it's not an equitable quartet. If the point standings were apportioned across the entire season, the finalists would be ranked first (Harvick), fifth (Truex), 10th (Gordon) and 20th (Busch). Busch, you see, was absent for the first 11 races, though now that seems like a decade ago.

CP MOTORSPORTS - DALE JR WINS RAIN-SHORTENED PHOENIX RACE; FINAL FOUR SET FOR HOMESTEAD

Dale Earnhardt, Jr, took home a win in Sunday night's rain delayed and rain shortened Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. More important than the race win, however, defending champion Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr, joined Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon in the final four of NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.

Earnhardt, Jr, only led 22 laps and inherited his lead during a round of green flag pit stops when the yellow came out for a two-car accident between Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, and Joey Gase. Then the rain started and it didn't stop, forcing NASCAR to make the race official having run only 218 laps.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TRUEX RACING TODAY WITH HEAVY HEART

Martin Truex Jr. will be racing with a heavy heart in today's Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway.  He will race in memory of 10-year-old Elijah Aschbrenner, who died Wednesday of a rare form of cancer. A photograph of Elijah and his name will be displayed on Truex's race car. 

CP MOTORSPORTS - ROWDY CRUISES TO ANOTHER XFINITY WIN IN THE DESERT

Kyle Busch is no stranger to victory lane in the Xfinity series.

Busch is definitely not a stranger to victory lane at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. With his dominating win in Saturday's DAV 200 he's now been to victory lane there eight times in Xfinity competition -- a track record. Busch started from the pole and led 190 of the race's 200 laps en route to his sixth victory of the season in Xfinity competition. 

Busch said he hoped there was some way he could translate his success in the 200 lap affair to Sunday's all-important 312 lap Sprint Cup showdown.

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.

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