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Friday Faceoff: What’s Up With the Officiating?

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Kyle Busch has finished second, second, third, second and first in his last five races and currently leads the points standings. Is he the best driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the moment? Davey Segal: I’d call this one a push. Kevin Harvick has the edge on wins over Kyle Busch, but …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s Been the Biggest Surprise of 2018?

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Clint Bowyer’s win at Martinsville Speedway snapped a 190-race winless streak. Who is most likely to be the next driver who has already won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to snap his long winless drought? Christian Koelle: Paul Menard is really impressing me over at Wood Brothers Racing. That car has some speed, and …

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Friday Faceoff: With NASCAR Sponsors Leaving, Time to Panic?


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Could this be the beginning of another dominant season for the No. 78 team? Mark Howell: After the kind of 2017 Martin Truex Jr. enjoyed, anything is most certainly possible. One win does not mean dominance, but the No. 78 bunch is leaning in that direction. More wins will come as we enter the summer months, …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Harvick Four-Peat?

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Kevin Harvick has now won three races in a row, becoming the third driver over 40 years old to accomplish the feat. He’s going for four in a row this upcoming weekend in Fontana. Can he do it? Mark Howell: Harvick has won at Auto Club Speedway before (in 2011), so we know he’s capable of …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Harvick This Year’s MTJ?

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Kevin Harvick continued his dominance by spanking the field this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second consecutive victory. And this weekend, the circuit heads to ISM Raceway, Harvick’s most successful track. Is it too early to say that Harvick is this year’s MTJ? Davey Segal: Folks, let’s look at the big …

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Friday Faceoff: Butt Tattoos, Anyone?

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Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 triumph was his second in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, but some people have said he hasn’t won a real race, as his 2017 Coca-Cola 600 win was on fuel mileage and this past weekend was a restrictor plate event. Does he have to win a so-called normal Cup race …

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Cole Custer to Make Cup Debut at Las Vegas


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Another up-and-coming driver is getting a shot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Cole Custer will make his MENCS debut in two weeks at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Pennzoil 400, piloting the No. 51 Ford for Rick Ware Racing. Haas Automation will sponsor Custer. The Ladera Ranch, Calif., native is guaranteed to …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Stewart-Haas Racing

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH USA Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion and Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing, Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

The 2017  season was one of change for Stewart-Haas Racing. But as the organization usually does, it faced it head on and even impressed itself. The manufacturer switch from Chevrolet to Ford for the four-car team dominated the headlines throughout the offseason as well as early parts of 2017. Everybody, drivers, owners, crew members, fans …

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2-Headed Monster: Should the Championship Race Rotate Venues?


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Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the site of the season finale for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the 2002 season. It has also always hosted one event per season. Should the season-ending championship race rotate tracks each year? If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It The season finale doesn’t need to move from Homestead-Miami …

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