Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire

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Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire
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NASCAR drivers got a bit of a working vacation this past week at Daytona. Not only was the race shortened by 120 miles due to rain, but many drivers got swept up in two nasty crashes. Even for those who "finished" the race, it was a truncated weekend.

On to New Hampshire, the farthest north these drivers take their stock cars.

Defending the title this week is Brian Vickers, who won the Camping World RV Sales 301 in 2013. Thanks to keeping his nose clean in the Coke Zero 400, he finished second behind surprise winner Aric Almirola.

The season has reached its tipping point. More races are behind us than in front of us, and the pressure is on drivers to score points. The pressure is also ratcheted up for those non-winners trying to lock up a position in the Chase before the regular season ends at Richmond. 

Read on to see what's humming heading into New Hampshire.

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