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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Racing in Kevin Harvick’s Playground

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Kyle Busch won the opening stage of the TicketGuardian 500 and led a race-high 128 laps at the newly-renamed ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway), but Kevin Harvick earned his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, and ninth overall at the track, which tied him with Mark Martin at 40 MENCS wins. Harvick …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kevin Harvick… and Everyone Else

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Kevin Harvick was in his own zip code during Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading 214 laps and winning both stages en route to his 39th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his 16th for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win, his second in two weeks, also ushered him …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Life Goes On

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The forecast for Sunday looked gray and gloomy. Would there be a Cup race at Atlanta? The answer turned out to be yes, but barely. Runner-up Brad Keselowski said he felt raindrops during his postrace interview with Fox Sports. It was a clean race; there were only three single-car incidents that brought out cautions, as …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Legacies Continue

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That was some ending. Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney dominated the race, but on the final lap of the 2018 Daytona 500, in overtime, Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon spun Aric Almirola out of the lead to take the second victory of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was followed by …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Fire Up The Engines for 2018

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The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off Sunday with the 60th annual Daytona 500. For the most part, the Cup Series remains the same with just a small handful of rule changes. McLAUGHLIN: A CLOSER LOOK AT NASCAR’s MINOR TWEAKS FOR 2018 But as for the teams? It’s a different story altogether. Some …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Championship Edition

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As often happens in all levels of different sports, the team (and in this case the driver) that was the best for the whole season ended up winning the title. Martin Truex, Jr. capped off a truly storybook season on the track with his eighth victory of the season Sunday at Miami-Homestead. He was a …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead-Miami Edition

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Who’s hot in NASCAR this week? How about NASCAR itself. As the final laps wound down in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix late Sunday afternoon, the drama heated up. There were all kinds of scenarios in play to determine just which driver would be the last to race for the title …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: The Closer Returns Edition

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While what happened in the final laps of Sunday’s race at Texas was plenty interesting, the actual race to make the championship four got a bit less interesting heading into the next and final elimination race at Phoenix this coming Sunday. While anything can happen in racing, the chances of high drama in Arizona will …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Halloween Trick or Treat Edition

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Halloween came a couple of days early for drivers and teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Sunday. It seemed once the new lights at the half-mile paperclip oval turned on, so did the intensity as the laps began to wind down. Whether it was a trick, a treat, or somewhere …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Elimination and Advancement Edition

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Maybe Sunday’s race at Kansas is an example of why NASCAR shifted its schedule to make this an elimination race. The normally snoozish 1.5-miler at least had the added drama of seeing drivers eliminated, or advancing, into the final eight of the playoff rounds. Unfortunately, NASCAR can’t do this at all of its 1.5-milers, but …

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