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2-Headed Monster: Right Turns on 4th of July at Daytona?

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The July race at Daytona International Speedway has traditionally been held on Fourth of July weekend under the lights from the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. With an apparent increase in appetite for road course racing and a ready and capable road course on the speedway grounds already, it raises the question… Should the second Cup race from Daytona be …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Michigan Produce Another Fuel Mileage Finish?

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By Michael Finley & Tom Bowles 1. What will Happen to the Wood Brothers Going Forward? If you’re a NASCAR fan, you have to be a fan of Wood Brothers Racing. The oldest team still in operation has won in six different decades in NASCAR competition, amassing 99 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins over …

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Ryan Sieg to Make Second MENCS Start at Michigan for BK Racing

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Ryan Sieg will be making his second career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway after his first one at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago, this time taking the wheel of the No. 23 Toyota. Sieg has two top fives in his first four seasons of full-time NASCAR XFINITY …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It’s always special to see a driver get their very first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, but Austin Dillon‘s win in the Coca-Cola 600 was even more special than most. In his fourth season, Dillon has improved over the years, but had never broken through and gotten that …

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The Big 6: Questions After the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Typically I try not to give the shout-out to the winner of the race, but at the end of the day, that’s really the only thing everybody remembers about the results of this race, right? Points aren’t awarded and it’s not like, say, Matt Kenseth’s season has taken …

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FOX Sports Announces Drivers-Only Broadcast at Pocono XFINITY Race

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Your favorite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are coming to the broadcast booth. And pit road, for that matter. On Friday (May 19), FOX Sports announced that the broadcast of the XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway on June 10 will be a special drivers-only broadcast.  That means all aspects of on-air …

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The Big 6: Questions After The Go Bowling 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It seemed like it could be Ryan Blaney’s race. The 23-year-old Team Penske driver, contracted out to the venerable Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 machine, started on the pole and won the second stage of the race. Blaney led for a good amount of Stage 3, but lost …

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Friday Faceoff: How Much Wrecking Is Too Much?

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Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team received penalties for failing laser inspection following the race at Talladega Superspeedway, including a loss of points for Almirola and owner Richard Petty and a three-race suspension and fine for crew chief Drew Blickensderfer.  Did NASCAR do the right thing, staying in line …

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The Big 6: Questions After 2017 Toyota Owners 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kurt Busch, the 2017 Daytona 500 champion, has struggled with consistency since winning the biggest race in NASCAR two months ago. Busch hasn’t had a top 5 since, and has only four top 10s in the first nine races of the season. On Sunday, Busch had a much …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement Following 2017 Season

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver, is retiring following the 2017 season. Hendrick Motorsports announced the decision Tuesday morning, shortly after Earnhardt himself addressed his No. 88 team with the news. A press conference will be held later this afternoon with Earnhardt and team principals. Health has become a major question mark for …

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