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2018 NASCAR Top Storylines: How Did Each of the Big 3 Fall Apart?

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

The Big Three. This was the most popular phrase throughout the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Between Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr., all three dominated the first 3/4 of the season and it looked as if nobody else would be able to overtake them and be champion at the end …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: The Closing Of Furniture Row Racing

Martin Truex Jr. was all alone out front (Photo: Danny Peters)

In one of the more surprising developments over the course of the 2018 season, it was revealed that Furniture Row Racing would be discontinuing operations at the conclusion of the year. This one was big. This wasn’t just an “also-ran”team. Nor was it an occasionally competitive mid-level team. No, this was the organization that achieved …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Inspecting Inspection

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“To the rear for inspection failure” Those words were all too common in 2018 as NASCAR’s race weekend inspection process has become more and more technologically based. The precision optical sensors used to scan each race car are meant to catch even the tiniest variance from NASCAR’s rules, and they certainly caught plenty of teams …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: NASCAR For Sale

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In 1938, Daytona Beach was in a bit of a dilemma. The town had used the annual late winter speed trials to attract spectators and business for over 20 years. It helped keep money flowing through the local economy during the typically slow winter months. But after 1935, the trials moved to the Bonneville Salt …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Martinsville Changed Everything

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Coming into the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs, the talk of the town was about three drivers. “The Big Three” drivers in the sport: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Raise your hand if you had Joey Logano beating them all in the winner-take-all season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career Cup …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ford Shocks the NASCAR World

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The dominance of the Blue Oval is back in NASCAR. For the first time since 2002, Ford took home the manufacturer’s title, finally grabbing it back from Toyota and Chevrolet. In a year that saw struggles unlike any other season for the Bow Tie group, the Ford squad made sure to take advantage. With Roush …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Say Goodnight, Kasey (& Jamie & Matt)

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

For several drivers, 2018 marks the end of a NASCAR journey. Among those who have said they don’t plan to race full-time (or at all) in the sport in the future are Jamie McMurray (who may run the 2019 Daytona 500 before he hangs up his helmet), Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Cole Whitt, Elliott Sadler, …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Welcome to the Chase Elliott Era

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It took 99 races and over two-and-a-half years of competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but Chase Elliott scored his coveted first career victory on Aug. 5, 2018 at Watkins Glen International. A race which he dominated finally put to rest critics wondering if his Cup Series breakthrough would ever come. Prior …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ryan Preece’s And Ross Chastain’s Unconventional, Yet Old School Rise To The Top

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In NASCAR, money controls the sport. It has been this way throughout the entire history of stock car racing’s premier series. However, rising costs and declining sponsorships have made economics even more important in recent years. Team owners will do just about anything for sponsorship dollars these days — it even influences who they will …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Austin Dillon’s Controversial, Season-Opening Daytona Win

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

The 2018 Daytona 500 left the longest lasting impression I’ve had from the Great American Race since seeing Trevor Bayne score his improbable triumph in 2011, returning Wood Brothers Racing to relevance. As memorable a race as that was, and as stellar as the No. 21 driver was throughout that Speedweeks, I have never been more …

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