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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Left, Right, Left, Right Edition

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NASCAR drivers had one of those rare weekends, not because they were in California, but because it was their chance to make some right turns this weekend. While they did make a lot of right turns, still along with some left ones, things didn’t go right a lot of times. Unless of course, you’re Kevin …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? How about Dale Earnhardt Jr.? He recovered from a spin early in stage one to finish sixth, his third top 10 at Sonoma in the past four seasons. Earnhardt hasn’t loved road courses before. He even said he wanted to put some dynamite on the 12-turn road course …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Finally Tastes Well Aged Victory at Sonoma

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Who’s in the headline: In a race that saw strategies all over the board, 10 different leaders exchanged the lead 13 times, and questions about leaders having enough fuel to the make the finish emerged to make the Toyota/Save Mart 350 one of the most compelling races of the season. When the checkered flag flew, it …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earns 3rd Sonoma Top 10 in 4 Years

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., road-course ace? It might not be as far off as you think. The Hendrick Motorsports driver came home in sixth place at Sonoma Raceway in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, his third finish inside the top 10 at the California track over the last four races. In his final scheduled Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Dale Earnhardt to Be Honored at Darlington Raceway

Dale Earnhardt celebrates his Brickyard 400 win. (Photo: Julian Gonzales/Allsport/Getty Images)

As part of NASCAR’s ever-expanding throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR announced today (June 21) that a special panel will be held Sept. 2, the Saturday night of the upcoming race weekend at the track. The event, dubbed An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt, will feature stories from Earnhardt’s family members, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Debris Issues to the Forefront

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Welcome back, race fans.  This past race weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series were in action at Michigan International Speedway.  Fans saw what amounted to two completely different races.  One had an exciting finish and was quite competitive.  The other was one of the least competitive races at Michigan in a number …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Vicious Cycle

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Think Small It’s hard for small teams to get noticed.  This is something that’s been discussed over and over  and continues to create a vicious cycle for these teams: Lack of money leads to lack of performance, and lack of performance makes sponsors shy away, leading to a lack of money…you see the problem here? …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson is a master at restarts. It’s something that Jeff Gordon always pondered during the late stages of his career, but one of NASCAR’s next potential superstars has restarts down to a science. The  No. 42 car did its best job to depict the likes of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR’s Tame Pocono 400 Turns Into Terrific Finish

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – For the third time this season, we have a first-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It’s Ryan Blaney, who drove to the lead after a late-race restart with fresher tires than a dominant Kyle Busch. He then held off Kevin Harvick in a thrilling finish after Harvick closed in while Busch and …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Misses Shift At Pocono, Out Early

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What appeared to be a promising race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned sour in a hurry. Earnhardt missed a shift, going from third to second gear instead of fourth and cooked his No. 88 Chevrolet Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The mistake was his second of the weekend; a bad shift Friday led to an engine change and forced Earnhardt …

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