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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Apache Warrior 400 Entry List

2017 Dover I CUP Regan Smith Matt DiBenedetto racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

From one mile track to another, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the Apache Warrior 400 and the final race of the Round of 16 in the NASCAR playoffs. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list, meaning the field will be full barring any entry …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Leavine Family Racing Resurrect Kasey Kahne’s Career?

2017 Kansas I CUP Kasey Kahne Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

On Tuesday afternoon, Leavine Family Racing announced Kasey Kahne will join the organization next season, replacing Michael McDowell. Hendrick Motorsports will release Kahne at the end of the 2017 season, and he was without a ride for a handful of weeks. McDowell now joins the circus of remaining free agents for the upcoming 2018 season. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Tale of the Turtles 400

2017 Chicago CUP Martin Truex Jr confetti Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Who … gets the shoutout of the race? Chase Elliott led more than 10 laps for the first time since Martinsville Speedway in the spring, and it looked like his first win was coming in the first race of the 2017 playoffs. Unfortunately for the No. 24 team, Martin Truex Jr. was too fast to hold off. …

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Jamie McMurray Recovers From Chicagoland Spin for a Top-10 Finish

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(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

Jamie McMurray didn’t pull the “spin and win” feat, but he was able to salvage a day that at one point looked grim into another top-10 finish. On lap 169 of 267, McMurray spun out on his own coming off Turn 2 at Chicagoland Speedway after getting loose, but was able to keep his No. …

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Chase Elliott Earns 2nd Runner-Up Finish of 2017 in 1st Playoff Race of the Year

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(Photo: Brett Moist/ NKP)

Chase Elliott still hasn’t claimed his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, but a second-place run at Chicagoland Speedway in the Tale of the Turtles 400 is now a stepping stone to his ultimate goal. “Pretty straightforward race,” Elliott said while leaning against his No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet. “A lot of times the best car doesn’t …

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Brendan Gaughan Holds Onto Final Playoffs Spot After Whirlwind Day

2017 Mid Ohio NXS Brendan Gaughan Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Brendan Gaughan came into Chicagoland Speedway just looking to maintain. He entered the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season finale 27 points ahead of Dakoda Armstrong for the 12th and final playoff spot. Take care of business, and they’d be in. Mess up, and they’d be out. “If you look at our average running position, it’s …

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Cole Custer Gaining Momentum Heading Into Playoffs

2017 Richmond I NXS Cole Custer Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The box score will show Cole Custer finishing in eighth place when the checkered flag flew in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Chicagoland Speedway, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Custer led a career-high 41 laps in Saturday’s 300 from Chicagoland and had the quickest racecar he’s had since joining Stewart-Haas Racing’s newly formed …

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