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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? Under just about every conceivable points system, Martin Truex Jr. would be the champion across the board. Truex had a truly fantastic season where he won eight races, 19 top 5s, and 26 top 10s. His average finish of 9.4 is the best for a championship winning driver …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Can-Am 500

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? With Matt Kenseth’s final NASCAR Cup Series start potentially coming next week, his win Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway puts the exclamation point on an outstanding career. Kenseth’s late surge snatched victory from the hands of title contender Chase Elliott, a consolation prize after last year’s wreck in …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Hollywood Casino 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Chris Buescher hasn’t had a memorable season. The second-year driver followed up a surprise victory at Pocono Raceway and playoff berth last year with a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season that has seen just three top-10 finishes and a 25th-place position in points entering this weekend. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 ISM Connect 300

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Who… gets the shoutout of the week?  It seemed like just another dominant race for Martin Truex Jr. He led 109 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the ISM Connect 300, winning stage 1 and taking the white flag for stage 2 in the lead. But instead of a smooth cruise to the stage win and hopefully …

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4 Burning Questions: How Memorable Will the Final Fall New Hampshire Race Be?

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What’s Up with New Hampshire’s Sticky Compound? New Hampshire Motor Speedway confirmed this week that the track will once again apply the same PJ1 compound used in the July event. The compound, being applied to the first and third grooves of the racetrack, was a much-hyped edition to the one-lane racetrack at which cars can …

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Kasey Kahne Signs with Leavine Family Racing for 2018

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Kasey Kahne, winner of 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races over 14 years, including this year’s Brickyard 400, will be joining Leavine Family Racing starting with the 2018 season. Owned by Bob Leavine, LFR is a small team that is in the middle of its second full-time season in MENCS competition after five part-time seasons. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The Federated Auto Parts 400

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? After a terrible qualifying day for Richard Childress Racing, where all three Chevrolets didn’t make it out of the first round, the organization wasn’t expected to perform well during the race. But in spite of only having an average running position of 14th throughout the night and an early …

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Matt Kenseth Makes The Playoffs Despite Freak Accident

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Roller coaster of a race isn’t the worst way to describe Matt Kenseth’s evening at the Richmond Raceway. Kenseth came into the weekend in a strange predicament. If one of the 13 drivers already in the playoffs won, Kenseth would be in the playoffs. If a new playoff eligble driver won the race, however, it …

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Elliott Sadler Clinches 2017 XFINITY Series Regular Season Championship

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The oldest driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs this season also ended up becoming the first ever regular season champion. 42-year-old Elliott Sadler clinched the championship with a solid fifth in the second to last regular season race at Richmond, securing 15 playoff points that will carry over until the season finale at Homestead. …

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Matt Kenseth Qualifies On Pole At Richmond

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Not many thought that Matt Kenseth would win the Federated Auto Parts 400 pole, least of all himself; “I didn’t think that was a fast enough lap time to win the pole,” Kenseth told NBCSN following qualifying. The No. 20 Toyota finished the final practice fifth, behind the No. 78 Toyota and the No. 42 …

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