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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Sonoma Lineup at the Toyota/Save Mart 350

2016 Dover I CUP AJ Allmendinger Nigel Kinrade NKP

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Sonoma Raceway June 26 for the Toyota / Save Mart 350. Sonoma is the first of two road-course circuits NASCAR will compete at this season. Sonoma, Calif., is home to one of the most unique race tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. When teams embark on …

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Did You Notice? … Big Names Still Seeking First NASCAR Road Course Win

2016 Pocono I CUP Matt Kenseth Jason Ratcliff Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Did You Notice? … That for many on the Sprint Cup circuit road course racing has become an acquired skill. Sure, the quality of competition has gone up significantly in recent years; months of testing and resources are benchmarked to help series regulars at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen. We’ve seen old road course ringers like Boris Said and Ron …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Michigan Lineup (FireKeepers Casino 400)

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway on June 12th for the FireKeepers Casino 400. NASCAR has implemented a new low downforce package for this weekends’ race, which will test each and every driver’s skill around the fast two-mile track. Earlier in the week, the Sprint Cup Series saw its ninth different …

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Double Take: Michigan Success in June Doesn’t Lead to Cup Titles

Daytona Cup 2016 Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Martin Truex Jr Mike Neff

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Want to win the Sprint Cup championship this season? Don’t win this weekend at Michigan. That’s right – don’t win. Super counterintuitive, I know. Today’s NASCAR is all about winning. Win to make the Chase. Win to appease sponsors. Win to advance in the Chase. And win to take home the title. Winning is great, …

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Chip Ganassi Labels NASCAR’s Lug Nut Policy “Silly”

2016 Daytona Unlimited CUP Kyle Larson car John Harrelson NKP

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With the one-race suspension of team crew chief Chad Johnston, Chip Ganassi, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates said that the “whole lug nut thing is a silly thing” while calling into SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday evening. His remarks came hours after NASCAR suspended Johnston, a veteran crew chief, for lug nuts …

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Multiple Crew Chiefs to Miss Pocono Due to Penalties

2016 Charlotte I CUP Martin Truex Jr Jimmie Johnson NASCAR via Getty Images

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On Wednesday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  While there no real indications that anything big was coming, the hammer came down fairly strong on a number of teams.  No less than three Sprint Cup teams will be without their crew chiefs on Sunday in Pocono (pending appeals, of course). Brian Pattie, crew chief for …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Need a Good Night In The Coca-Cola 600

2016 Fontana CUP KAsey Kahne Brett Moist NKP

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Roush Fenway Racing (Plus 1) RFR has left little doubt they’re turning things around in 2016; why not continue that in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600?  Once one of NASCAR’s biggest power players, RFR has fallen from grace in recent years and the last couple of seasons have been defined by struggle.  It makes this team’s turnaround …

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Bayne, Biffle, Larson Shine in Instant Classic Sprint Showdown

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Bold moves were the name of the came in Saturday’s Sprint Showdown, and fans were given what’s perhaps a glimpse into the future of NASCAR as young guns took center stage for much of the day.  After a slight delay due to persistent moisture on the track, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney battled for most …

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Entry List: Sprint Showdown

Clint Bowyer Martin Truex Jr Kyle Larson Cup Sprint Showdown 2015 Charlotte Mike Neff

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Drivers who haven’t qualified for the Sprint All-Star Race will have one last opportunity to earn a spot in the field on Friday night in the Sprint Showdown. 25 cars are entered, bringing the total to 40 cars competing this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Under the new race format, the three segment winners will …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Excessive Burnouts Put Teams on the Hot Seat?

2016 Kansas I CUP Kevin Harvick racing Brett Moist NKP

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Three races into his return, Tony Stewart is making up some ground on 30th in points, the Chase cut-off for a driver with a win.  How likely does that win look for Stewart in the next 15 races? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I hate to say it, but not very likely. I think Stewart-Haas Racing/Hendrick Motorsports …

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Breaking a Sweat: Top NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat

2016 Fontana CUP KAsey Kahne Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

There’s a few indisputable truths about the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Perhaps the most important, cloaked within a playoff system that rewards trips to Victory Lane, is the lack of winners dotting the current Chase for the championship. Just six drivers have earned a first-place trophy through the first 11 races, the lowest number through this stretch …

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Inside Texas Motor Speedway’s Parity Streak

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If you could sum up all of the changes that NASCAR has made to the cars, the series, the rules in the last 15 years in one word, it would be parity. It’s no fun to see one driver dominate the win column like Jeff Gordon did in the 1990s. It’s no fun to see …

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