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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Clubs the Competition at Auto Club

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline For the first time in 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Martin Truex Jr. won a stage other than the final one. He started on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, won both stages and the race for a clean sweep of the weekend. Truex won by more than 11 …

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Tech Talk: Early Season Domination, Common Splitters, Pit Guns & Big Fish with Tony Gibson

This year is going to be a little different with Tony Gibson in Tech Talk. He is not on top of a pit box for 2018, and will instead be an integral part of the preparation of all of the Stewart-Haas Racing entries in NASCAR. If the first four races of the season are any …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Vindicates Team With 3rd Consecutive Win of 2018 at Phoenix

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Who’s in the headline Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix. For the ninth time in his career, Harvick was the first to take the checkered flag. The Bakersfield, Ca. native wins for the third time in a row this season. The Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt, took the stage wins …

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Tech Talk: Mike Wheeler On Cross Country Car Swaps, Aerodynamics and Pit Guns

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

A new addition to the Tech Talk lineup for 2018 is Mike Wheeler, the crew chief for Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 team. This week, he looks back at his team’s weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, before talking about his preparations for Phoenix (ISM Speedway). The race in Vegas was shaping up to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Rakes in All of the Chips in Vegas

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Who’s in the headline As Martin Truex Jr. did last year en route to his first championship, Kevin Harvick has a firm grip on what it takes to go fast at mile-and-a-half tracks and is letting the rest of the garage know he has no intention of letting them come play in his sandbox. Harvick …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Beats the Field into Submission at Atlanta

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Who’s in the headline? While Mother Nature tried hard, she failed to win on Sunday. The race started late, but once it got rolling, it went the distance. Shocking absolutely no one, Kevin Harvick took the lead early in the race and dominated the first stage. Harvick rebounded from a pit lane malfunction to lead …

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Tech Talk: Daytona 500-Winning Crew Chief Justin Alexander Discusses 2018 Rule Changes

(Photo: Mike Neff)

For the second year in a row, the crew chief in the Daytona 500 edition of Tech Talk went on to win the race, as Justin Alexander followed in the footsteps of Tony Gibson to score the victory in the first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with driver Austin Dillon. Before his …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Daytona 500

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline The clash on Sunday last week had the world abuzz with how uneventful the racing would be at Daytona for the 500. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the drivers. 24 lead changes, seven caution flags for on-track incidents, 14 leaders and the three winningest car numbers in the sport on the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Who’s in the headline –   The Can-Am Duels at Daytona didn’t have the frenetic activity and tension as the laps wound down but there was still plenty of drama as the races unfolded. When it was all said and done, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott took the checkered flags first in the Duels and they …

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