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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson & Cole Custer Capitalize on Playoff Wins at Dover

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Larson Perseveres to Win Biggest Race of His Career It was a tale of two halves for Sunday’s (Oct. 6) Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. In a race that saw Miles the Monster munch on playoff cars’ mechanics, Kyle Larson raced without issues to capture his first victory of …

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Pace Laps: Chase Elliott’s Signature NASCAR Moment

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Chase Elliott’s Signature NASCAR Moment Chase Elliott is already NASCAR’s reigning Most Popular Driver. He’s won multiple races and was qualified for the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series no matter what went down in Sunday’s (Sept. 29) Bank of America ROVAL 400. But what Elliott …

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Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs & Toyota Take NASCAR Magic to a New Level

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Joe Gibbs Racing’s Trio Too Tough? Richmond Raceway over the course of the weekend turned into Toyota’s personal playground. A dominant NASCAR Xfinity Series win by Christopher Bell (see below) morphed into a 1-2-3-4 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday’s (Sept. 20) Federated Auto Parts 400. Erik Jones‘ failure …

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Pace Laps: Lady Luck Takes Over at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Truex Keeps On Trucking Martin Truex Jr. had been lost in the shuffle of title contenders as NASCAR descended upon the gambling capital of North America. Las Vegas Motor Speedway seemed a better fit instead for Team Penske’s two stars, Brad Keselowski and reigning Cup champion Joey Logano. They were …

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Pace Laps: Cup Playoff Grid is Set, Justin Allgaier Readies For Xfinity Title Hunt

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Calamity Strikes, Playoff Grid is Set Regardless of the attendance size, the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 was full of action. 48 of the 160 laps were run under caution, but when the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the playoff grid was set. Nine drivers failed to finish …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Time for NASCAR to Leave the Brickyard in the Past?

2017 Indianapolis Motor Speedway MENCS Matt Kenseth photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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The Brickyard 400 has seen attendance dwindle while the Indianapolis 500 still draws a capacity crowd. Is it time for NASCAR to say goodbye to Indy? Vito Pugliese: Absolutely not. This is the most prominent venue in all of motorsports, and NASCAR needs to still be going there. I don’t recall anybody really having much of …

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Pace Laps: Monday Morning Mayhem at Darlington, Cole Custer Picks Up Surprise Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Erik Jones Performs Under Pressure Erik Jones spent 2016 as Toyota’s hottest NASCAR prospect in the sport’s lower levels. He moved up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, winning Rookie of the Year while knocking 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth out of a ride. 2018 was looked …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways NASCAR Should Really Throw it Back

Darlington Raceway sunset in 2018, NKP

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NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway is one of the most popular races on the schedule thanks to the paint schemes that echo times past. Since being restored to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, the Southern 500 has given fans a reminder of what once was. But what if NASCAR was to return to …

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Pace Laps: Christopher Bell Dominates, Takuma Sato Stuns at Gateway

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Xfinity Series: Christopher Bell Gets it Done on a Road Course Throughout Christopher Bell‘s young NASCAR career, he’s mentioned how he believes one of his weaknesses is road course racing. After Saturday’s (Aug. 24) CTECH Manufacturing 180, he can’t say that anymore. During the two practice sessions on Friday (Aug. 23), Bell was the car …

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Friday Faceoff: Is an Elite Xfinity Ride a Better Opportunity Than a Mid-Level Cup Car for Matt DiBenedetto?

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If you’re Matt DiBenedetto, would you rather have a mid-pack Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride or a winning Xfinity Series car next season? Joy Tomlinson: Neither. I mean, there are no guarantees of winning anything in NASCAR, but if I want to win races I would go to Xfinity. At least some Cup drivers race …

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