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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Alabama 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On a day where many playoff drivers found Talladega Superspeedway trouble, only four of 12 championship-eligible drivers finished the 500-mile wreckfest. There was a golden opportunity for someone outside the postseason like Dale Earnhardt Jr. to steal the victory. But in the end, Brad Keselowski fought off the Earnhardt nostalgia …

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Up to Speed: A Lucky Final Season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. put on a show this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.  He won the pole, dodged a few nasty accidents, and ran near the front for most of the day. Alas, Junior’s final run at Talladega did not result in a victory. Talladega had to be a welcome break for Junior Nation.  Up to …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bids Farewell to Talladega With Powerful Drive

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The anxiety was higher than usual for the initial start of Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started from pole and raced for the lead early. It was only lap 8, but this was a big day. In Earnhardt’s final season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he checked off another …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins First Pole in Final Talladega Start

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Six wins, 960 laps led, 17 years… somehow no pole position for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway. That came to an end Saturday when the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet ended quickest in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at a lap time of 50.256 seconds (190.544 mph). For Earnhardt, who runs his final …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 31: Talka-Dega

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Episode 31: Talka-Dega Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Mike and Zach recap the opening round of the Round of 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With Mike and Zach at track, we discuss why the drivers were so darn hot and how exactly Kyle Busch …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega?

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Who Could Be a Surprise Cup Winner on Sunday? NASCAR’s Talladega week is where it gets fun for us writers. We get to publish our outlandish, bold winners who we predict may make us look like geniuses for once in our nine-month season. In this week’s Frontstretch Podcast powered by DraftKings, we added a little …

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Voice Of Vito: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominate One Last Time At ‘Dega?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Consistency or Conspiracy with NASCAR No-Call? Heading into Talladega this weekend, there are three big storylines: the last ride for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at his most successful track, can Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sweep Talladega and make it into the next round of the playoffs, and is there an underdog who can come from relative obscurity …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Alabama 500 Preview

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR game heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Alabama 500. This race marks the second event of the second round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. Position differential is the key scoring statistic on DraftKings this …

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5 Points to Ponder: Number 27

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

ONE: Talladega Here we go again: 500 miles on the treacherous high banks of Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. This time round, I’m happy to say, Talladega will not be the elimination race in the three-race playoff segment as it has been for the last two seasons. After the debacle with Kevin Harvick at the end of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

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The rain may have stayed away from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t stay away from Victory Lane. Truex just reinforced the idea of what most in NASCAR already know: He is a virtual lock to be one of the Championship 4 in the final race at Homestead. That’s not to say …

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