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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Pocono 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Start in the back half of the field, activate stealth mode, finish inside the top 10. This week, not just one but two drivers accomplished that particular feat. Aric Almirola started 34th and looked to have a long day ahead of him. But smart strategy and hard racing …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ingredients for a Great Driver

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1. Kyle Busch’s tenacity Imagine, if you will, that you were starting a brand-new NASCAR race team, and you could not only choose, but create a driver with the best qualities of the sport’s top talent. What would you pick? Here’s a good place to start: Busch’s raw talent often spells trouble for the competition, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It became apparent Sunday night reports of Jimmie Johnson’s decline may have been a bit exaggerated. For the first time this season, Johnson had a top-five car, and the seven-time champion responded with his best effort on an intermediate track since last October. It was a vintage performance …

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Brad Keselowski Holds Off XFINITY Field to Win Alsco 300 at Charlotte

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

Brad Keselowski started on pole and ended up in Victory Lane in the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the race was far from uneventful on the way, with 13 caution flags and a one-hour rain delay for good measure. “It was kind of an eventful day, Keselowski said after the race. “From the …

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Brad Keselowski Grabs Alsco 300 Pole at Charlotte

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After a rain shower at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR XFINITY Series teams took to the track for qualifying for this afternoon’s Alasco 300. For the first time in several weeks, Cup Series drivers are allowed to double-dip, and they took full advantage, taking three of the top 10 starting spots, with Brad Keselowski taking …

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Denny Hamlin Paces Single NASCAR Cup Practice Session Thursday at Charlotte

Denny Hamlin is a solid pick this weekend (Photo: Amy Henderson)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series held a single practice Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Denny Hamlin led the pack with a top speed of 190.134 mph, the only driver to top the 190 mark. Most teams made mock qualifying runs to set up for tonight’s time trials. Ryan Blaney …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While the All-Star Race is largely comprised of race winners whose talents fans are familiar with, the addition of drivers via the last-chance Open means that sometimes a driver fans don’t expect shares the spotlight. Saturday night was like that. It wasn’t a big surprise that Daniel Suarez …

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Kevin Harvick Dominates Wild All-Star Race

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The Monster Energy All-Star Race kicked off just as night descended on Charlotte Motor Speedway, but things would only heat up as the race got underway. While the race may pay a million dollars, the million-dollar question was whether a brand-new aerodynamic package that featured restrictor plates coupled with a high-downforce spoiler and splitter combination …

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