Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series in Kentucky

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Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series in Kentucky
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The sultry curves of Sonoma are, at last, in the rearview mirror for these drivers. Some relished the road course, namely Carl Edwards (winner), Jeff Gordon (runner-up) and Clint Bowyer (10th after a flat tire and a collision with Kevin "Pit Road Grim Reaper" Harvick).

As the field heads to Kentucky, a state most famous for a different kind of horsepower, maybe no other driver is more excited to return here than Matt Kenseth. For more reasons dealing with this, you'll just have to wait a moment.

Kentucky Speedway is a return to normalcy, back to the long sweeping left turns and arrow-line straightaways that characterize so much of the racing season. With the bluegrass on the horizon, let's see who's ready for the next race and who needs it most as the Chase looms ever closer.

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