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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Tech Talk: Mike Wheeler on Bump Stop Material, Hard Landing & Pit Road Practice

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Crew chief Mike Wheeler on the No. 11 box

A typical Talladega race ended with some people thrilled, some people angry and others just disappointed. For Mike Wheeler and the No. 11 team, it was a disappointing race thanks to self-imposed difficulties after back-to-back pit road speeding penalties with driver Denny Hamlin. Looking to rebound, the team is preparing to head to the first …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Back in Victory Lane After a Year

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Joey Logano won the race at Richmond last spring only to have the win “encumbered.” That was the last time he graced Victory Lane in a Cup race until Sunday. This time around, he was not to be denied, leading four times for a total of 70 laps, including the final …

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Tech Talk: Discussing Talladega Rule Changes & Rear Spoilers With Trent Owens

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In 2018, NASCAR did away with special aero packages just for the restrictor plate tracks. Now, teams utilize the same rules at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway that they run at every other track on the schedule. There are differences in what the car uses to establish the racing platform, but the scanning system that …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Overcomes Deep Starting Position for 3rd Straight Win

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Who’s in the headline To start the season, Kyle Busch couldn’t get over the hump to move from second to first. After three runner-up finishes and a third-place result, he has now reeled off three straight victories. Busch is now tied with Kevin Harvick for the most wins in the series. Joey Logano looked like …

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Tech Talk: Springs, Splits, Shocks & Tires

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The third short track in four races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is a completely different challenge from the previous two. Martinsville Speedway is a flat, high-braking, rubbin’-is-racin’ kind of track. Bristol Motor Speedway is high banks with minimal braking, but the cars still trade paint. Richmond Raceway, meanwhile, is the short track …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Bristol Two-Day Marathon

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch is the winningest active driver at Bristol Motor Speedway. He grabbed the win today to make it two in a row in 2018 and two in a row at Bristol. Busch led a race high five times for 117 laps, second only to Kyle Larson. Brad Keselowski won the …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson’s Take on Early-Season Pit Gun Woes

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Texas Motor Speedway was another strong showing for Stewart-Haas Racing. They swept the first three spots in qualifying and had two different cars lead laps, finishing with three in the top 10 and claiming second place with Kevin Harvick. The success of the organization this year is at least partly attributable to Tony Gibson directing …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Triumphs In Texas For First 2018 Win

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline After three seconds and a third in the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Kyle Busch finally put it all together Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick down the stretch, Busch became the fifth MENCS winner of 2018 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. …

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Tech Talk: New Notes for New Texas Surface with Mike Wheeler

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Crew chief Mike Wheeler on the No. 11 box

After the first break of the season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series series is ready to head to the Lone Star State for another crack at the newly reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway. Teams have survived the West Coast swing and are settling in for a stretch of 10 straight weekends of racing until the …

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