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5 Points to Ponder: Cole Custer Shakes Up Rookie, Playoff Races

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1. Cole Custer Pulls a “Where Did He Come From?” in More Ways Than One As Quicksilver said in The Avengers in his one truly memorable line, “bet you didn’t see that coming.” By that, I mean Cole Custer making his thrilling late charge to win his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kentucky Action Substandard Until Lap 265

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Guess what? We made it through a NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time in a month without a weather delay. Makes me happy. However, what we ended up with was a very idiosyncratic race. The Quaker State 400 Sponsored By Walmart will likely always be remembered for the final two laps. Cole Custer …

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Stock Car Scoop: Cole Custer Wins Kentucky, Sheldon Creed Takes Truck Race

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There was a surprise rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday (June 12) Who stole a win from his teammate at Kentucky? Find out in the latest Stock Car Scoop. Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also takes a look at another first-time winner, this time in the …

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Entry List: All-Star Race

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On Monday morning (July 13), the NASCAR Cup Series’ entry list for the first ever All-Star Race hosted by Bristol Motor Speedway, scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, was released. There are 16 drivers from seven different teams represented so far in the race of winners. Drivers eligible for this year’s event include 2019-20 race winners, …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Surprises in Kentucky

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Kentucky Speedway hosted four NASCAR national touring series races this weekend, and, it was, uh, something. Overall, not a good weekend on the racetrack. The current Cup Series aerodynamic package — high downforce, low horsepower — is frustrating, the Xfinity Series, which has produced great racing this season couldn’t live up to its own standards …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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The Headline(s): A relatively tame race ended in a chaotic final two laps, a four-wide battle for the lead and a Cup Series triumph for rookie Cole Custer, as NASCAR concluded its four-race stretch (five, including the ARCA Menards Series) over four days in the Bluegrass State. One of the wildest late-lap battles for the …

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Up to Speed: Does a Great Finish Save a Bad Race?

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For the second season in a row, Kentucky Speedway produced a thrilling finish to its annual Cup Series race.  Last year was the battle of the Busch brothers, a side by side battle between Kurt and Kyle that went all the way to the checkered flag before Kurt emerged victorious.  This year’s finish included a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Quaker State 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Cole Custer showed he had the chops to do what it took to win at the Cup level. For Custer, equipment has never been an issue, but his mostly lackluster start to the year raised questions. He put those to rest with an aggressive move to …

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Cole Custer Goes 4-Wide, Earns 1st Cup Series Win at Kentucky

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With one lap to go in the Quaker State 400 and a three-way race for the lead in front of him, an opportunity was in front of NASCAR Cup Series rookie Cole Custer at Kentucky Speedway.   Custer took it and turned it into his first career win in NASCAR’s top series, getting past Kevin Harvick, …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR PPP Loans a Reminder of Potential COVID-19 Catastrophe

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Did You Notice? … The number of NASCAR teams approved for a loan under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program? The NASCAR PPP loans numbered in the millions and involved one-third of the teams on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. For now, let’s focus on the Cup programs alone. Richard Childress Racing: $5-$10 million (2 teams) Chip …

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