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Did You Notice?: How Fast Are NASCAR’s Young Drivers Winning?

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Did You Notice? … The sigh of relief among NASCAR officials the second Erik Jones reached Victory Lane? Jones is just the third 20-something driver to win this year, joining Austin Dillon (Daytona) and Joey Logano (Talladega). All of them have won at restrictor plate races, known for parity and a different type of driver skill. … Read more

Pace Laps: Destruction & Heartbreak in Daytona

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Penske’s Poor Performance Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 didn’t move the needle on restrictor plate racing. But for those who love it? The race got your heart pumping for the better part of four hours. There was a first-time winner, Erik Jones, who made a thrilling green-white-checkered pass on … Read more

Did You Notice?: 10 NASCAR Winners in 10 Races? It’s Possible

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Did You Notice? … The fab foursome of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were at it again? Sonoma saw them 1-2-3-4 for most of the race; they would have finished that way if not for late-race pit stops designed to try and win. In the end, they’ve won 14 of 16 … Read more

Martin Truex Jr. Uses Pit Strategy, Surges To Sonoma Victory

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Martin Truex Jr. had the skills. Crew chief Cole Pearn had the strategy. Add them both together and you get a dominating Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Sonoma Raceway. Truex cruised to victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday (June 24) after his strategy to pit later in Stage 3 worked perfectly. Rivals Kevin … Read more

Did You Notice?: Does NASCAR Practice Make Perfect?

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Did You Notice? … Practice doesn’t always make perfect? So often, we analyze NASCAR practice results over the weekend to find clues as to who will do well on Sunday. But do the one-lap fast practice speeds matter over a 400 or 500-mile race the next day? I took the 15 races this season, looked at … Read more

Pace Laps: Kasey Kahne’s Endless Pursuit of… What? & Exciting NASCAR Racing In Iowa

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Latest Push To Fix Kasey Kahne June’s off week came with a crew chief change in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Travis Mack was replaced as Kasey Kahne‘s head wrench after just 15 races as the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team remains mired in midpack. Jon Leonard will … Read more

Did You Notice?: NASCAR Penalties Are Affecting the Championship

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Did You Notice? … The number of penalties handed down in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season? Joe Gibbs Racing was the latest to get hit hard Tuesday after three of their cars had splitter violations discovered in Michigan pre-race inspection. That led to $25,000 fines and one-race car chief suspensions for the teams … Read more

Did You Notice?: Making The NASCAR Playoffs Is Easy? No, Really

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Did You Notice? … Only 31 drivers have started every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this year? That means it’s easier to qualify for the NASCAR postseason right now than almost any stick-and-ball sport. Let’s explain. To make the playoffs, a driver must start every regular season race unless they’re given a medical waiver. Slots … Read more

Martin Truex Jr. Overcomes Early Pit Problems For Pocono 400 Victory

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The talk heading to Pocono Raceway concerned the dominance this season of both Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. was a bit of an afterthought. Not anymore. Truex fought back from a bad pit stop after winning stage one, roaring back to take his second win of the season in Sunday’s (June … Read more

Plate Package in NASCAR XFINITY Series Draws Mixed Reviews at Pocono

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series used its experimental plate racing package for the first time since Indianapolis last summer. But after another dominant performance by Kyle Busch, both driver and fan reviews weren’t as strong as its opening act. Saturday’s Pocono event (June 2) featured just seven lead changes among six drivers. Busch led for 64 … Read more

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