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6mJohn Oreovicz

Five things to watch at the Brickyard

From a fond farewell to two Hoosier State favorites to drivers trying to make the Chase, there's a lot going on in Sunday's Brickyard. John Oreovicz breaks down five of the big things to watch.

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53mBob Pockrass

Jimmie Johnson feels he needs a win so bad

How bad does Jimmie Johnson want to get back into Victory Lane after a drought through the spring and summer? He'd rough up a teammate to do it, writes Bob Pockrass.

Three things Gordon must to do be competitive (2:15)
Kyle Busch on significance of Indy pole (0:22)
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23hBob Pockrass

Don't count Jeff Gordon out at Brickyard, but ...

Could Jeff Gordon win Sunday at the Brickyard in his Sprint Cup return from retirement? Yes, but he has a lot of catching up to do in a hurry, writes Bob Pockrass.

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1dJohn Oreovicz

Jeff Gordon will help the Brickyard race, not save it

The annual Cup race at Indy has rarely been a good one, but it has sometimes been exciting. Jeff Gordon's return brings some excitement, but it won't likely be enough, writes John Oreovicz.

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Turn 4: NASCAR's burning questions

Should Jeff Gordon have come out of retirement to sub for Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Should Earnhardt sit out the rest of the year if he can't make the Chase? Our experts answer that and much more.

1dBob Pockrass

Earnhardt Jr. finally sensing 'improvement'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to Twitter on Friday to say he is feeling a little better as he battles balance issues and nausea believed to be from concussions.

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2dBob Pockrass

Tony Stewart playing with house money in final Brickyard

Tony Stewart is from Indiana and still lives there. Retiring at the end of the season, his final Brickyard 400 is a big deal. It might be even bigger since he comes into it with nothing to lose.

Craven doesn't expect Earnhardt Jr. back for a month (1:29)
Hendrick completely supports Junior's decision to sit out (1:31)

Larson rallies from lap down to win at Eldora

Kyle Larson had a flat right rear tire while leading about a third of the way through Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora, but rallied for his second Truck Series win.

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3dBob Pockrass

Kenseth docked 15 points for failed inspection

NASCAR docked Matt Kenseth 15 points and fined crew chief Jason Ratcliff $25,000 after Kenseth's race-winning car failed postrace measurements at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Power Rankings: C'mon get Happy!

Kevin Harvick was more steamed than a lobster after the race at New Hampshire. Maybe being back atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings will cheer him up.

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4dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Rico Abreu has enthusiasm for Eldora

Rico Abreu is not having the most spectacular rookie season in the Camping World Truck Series, but Wednesday's trip to Eldora Speedway could turn that around quickly.

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5dMatthew Willis

Best DFS NASCAR picks for Indianapolis

Matthew Willis breaks down his top NASCAR choices this weekend at Indianapolis, led by Kyle Busch.

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6dBob Pockrass

Rundown: Tony Stewart happy and headed to his happy place

Tony Stewart had a good run Sunday and now he's headed to fix up his Eldora Speedway ahead of Wednesday's Truck race there. Bob Pockrass writes about that and more in the Monday Rundown.

Craven: Only Dale Jr. will know when he's ready (1:20)
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6dBob Pockrass

Matt Kenseth masterful at New Hampshire

NASCAR could have used an exciting race on Sunday to get the fans hyped up. It's not Matt Kenseth's fault he and his team were having none of that in an easy victory.

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4dBob Pockrass

Fan injured in 2015 Daytona wreck sues NASCAR

A fan who was injured from flying debris after Austin Dillon's car flew into the Daytona International Speedway catch fence has filed a lawsuit against the track and NASCAR.

Craven's top three drivers to beat (1:22)
Craven credits Earnhardt's ability to speak up (1:44)
Kenseth wins at New Hampshire (1:29)
Kenseth describes satisfying win at New Hampshire (0:40)
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Sprint Cup standings

Matt Kenseth was unstoppable on late restarts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, notching his second win of the season.

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5dRicky Craven

Craven: Dale Earnhardt Jr. embarking on difficult journey

Ricky Craven has a deeper understanding than most of some of the issues Dale Earnhardt Jr. might be facing as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. But it's not advice, only knowledge.

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7dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: Dale Earnhardt Jr. missing races will have impact

While the focus of Dale Earnhardt Jr. missing races because of concussion-like symptoms rightfully remains on his health, there are real ramifications for him and his team the longer he's gone.

Gordon prepared to come out of retirement for Dale Jr. (2:25)
A timeline of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s symptoms (1:55)
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10dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: The big questions left this season

Does Tony Stewart have another epic run in him? What of the free agents? Who will NASCAR find to sponsor the Cup Series? Bob Pockrass lays out eight big questions for the rest of the season.

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17dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Penske hits new benchmark with 100th NASCAR win

It took a lot longer for Roger Penske to get his 100th Sprint Cup Series win than it did over in his open-wheel operation. But with the right people in place, Penske is likely to get a lot more.


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Kyle Busch knows that winning the pole at Indianapolis is important. He explains why:


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Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 2nd pole of the year and his first at the Brickyard. Carl Edwards will start second, followed by Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski. Jeff Gordon, subbing for Dale Earnhardt, Jr, will start in 21st. The only driver not to qualify for the race was Josh Wise.

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Kyle Busch will sit on the pole and Carl Edwards beside him. The biggest story could be Tony Stewart, who will start third in his final Brickyard 400: