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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 GEICO 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While David Ragan was putting on a restrictor-plate driving clinic, he’s strong enough that it’s almost expected that he’ll run well. He finished sixth for a Front Row Motorsports team which rarely cracks the top 20. Less expected was the strong run of another driver, who, while his …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Toyota Owners 400

Denny Hamlin is at his 'home' track this weekend (credit: Rusty Jarrett NKP)

NASCAR heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400. The three-quarter mile track is the third short track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at a short track are much different than those at an intermediate or superspeedway. First, …

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Did You Notice?: Ford’s Mustang Must Avoid Chevy’s Camaro NASCAR Mistakes

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Ford’s decision to race its Mustang model in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season? The decision came four months earlier than Chevrolet’s choice last season to move to its Camaro. The lengthy lead time gives Ford teams a window for development and testing. It’s a long-term plan the manufacturer hopes …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Food City 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Still don’t think Darrell Wallace Jr. is the real deal?  Were you watching Monday? Wallace’s 16th-place finish is absolutely not indicative of the day he had, at one point powering his No. 43 past the likes of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. That put him up front where he …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: It’s Been a Stewart Haas Racing Year So Far

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Who’s in the headline  The first six weeks of the season are in the books and the headlines have been predominantly filled with one organization: Stewart Haas Racing. If it weren’t for a crash one-third of a lap from the finish line of the Daytona 500, the organization would have won five of the first …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Makes Clint Bowyer’s Martinsville Win A Big Deal?

(Photo: Mike Neff)

It had been quite some time since we last saw Clint Bowyer in Victory Lane. But finally, after clicking his fireproof shoes together three times and saying, “there’s no place like home,” he indeed found his way “home” to the Winner’s Circle. Bowyer’s popular victory put an end to his 190-race winless streak. It means the …

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