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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Mayhem and Chaos Heading Into Off Week

That was something else. In by far one of the better races of the 2018 season, Kurt Busch survived all the chaos and captured his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Saturday night in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the front of his Ford Fusion bashed in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Just Like Old Times, Kurt Busch Wins Bristol

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kurt Busch owned Bristol at one point in time. He won five races there from 2002 through 2006, including three straight in 2003 and 2004. Since his fifth win in 2006, he didn’t have a single runner-up finish. Busch ran in the top 10 the majority of the night and made …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Lucky Number 7

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has done it again. For the third time in his seven victories this year, he swept all three stages of the race. Harvick led 108 laps, won every stage and beat the competition into submission. He became the second driver in 20 years to have seven wins through 23 …

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NASCAR 101: All Right, Chase Elliott Won — Who’s Next?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Chase Elliott finally pulled into Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last weekend at Watkins Glen International, it checked off a few boxes. First, Elliott’s maiden win, which had been awaited since he broke into the series full-time in 2016. Then there was his nearly 100-race losing streak, one that’s quite …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ross Chastain Breaks Down 4th Place in Iowa & Pocono’s Brake Problems

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a busy weekend of racing at Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Ross Chastain, the driver of the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 4 JD Motorsports machine in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Chastain …

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5 Points to Ponder: Scary Darrell Wallace Wreck Nothing New for Pocono

(Photo: Tom Bowles)

ONE: Pocono Raceway’s Hard Wrecks NASCAR nation breathed a sigh of relief when Darrell Wallace Jr. emerged unscathed from a scary Pocono wreck Sunday (July 29). But those gasps? They’re nothing new at a triangular-shaped track known for hard crashes. In a different era, this race ended Bobby Allison’s career when the Hall-of-Famer blew a tire …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Brendan Gaughan’s Energetic Addition to NBCSN NASCAR Coverage

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Split weekends can cause some problems for NASCAR TV partners as their resources get stretched. NBC was no different. Some people went to Iowa while others went to Pocono, expanding a crew with additions that don’t cover the sport full-time. Regardless, viewers got 600-plus miles of racing over the weekend.  Both of them were quite …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Takes Another Gander at Victory Lane in Pocono

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch ran 25 races at Pocono Raceway and never finished above second before last July. After Sunday he has two wins in the last three races. Busch took advantage of trouble for Kevin Harvick on pit road and then held off teammate Daniel Suarez on late-race restarts to claim his …

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Terrifying Crash For Darrell Wallace Jr. At Pocono Raceway

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Darrell Wallace Jr. walked away from a terrifying crash late in Sunday’s (July 29) race at Pocono Raceway. Wallace was on the lead lap, vying for a top-20 finish in his No. 43 Ford when the brakes apparently failed and sent him hurtling into the Turn 1 wall at high speed. Very scary hit for Bubba …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Signs 2-Year Extension with Richard Petty Motorsports

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Richard Petty Motorsports got young in 2018, with Darrell Wallace Jr. as the primary driver of the No. 43 car. On Saturday at Pocono Raceway, the team announced the rookie driver will return to the organization through 2020. “For me there was no matter of searching,” Wallace said on Saturday at Pocono. “For me it was …

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