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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte ROVAL Brings Chaos, Excitement

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Coming into this ROVAL experiment at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I was hesitantly in favor of NASCAR adding more road course layouts to tedious ovals. After the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday, I’m a believer. (Sorry if the Monkees are now stuck in your head.) It was also the elimination race …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

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Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Things Just Got Silly

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

You can say that NASCAR isn’t exciting these days, but this year, that certainly doesn’t include Silly Season.  Both rumors and moves started early and have become hot and heavy over the last few weeks. Drivers moving on so far this year include Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. (No. …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Federated Auto Parts 400

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This weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway marks the second in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m. ET this Saturday on NBCSN. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. FanDuel has put more emphasis on finishing position than …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Sets Benchmarks with 3rd Straight Win & Penske 500th

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’re running for a championship, and Brad Keselowski is riding a huge wave of it after winning his third consecutive race and locking himself into the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Keselowski won the second stage and the race in a …

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Up to Speed: Pressure to Win on Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin has rarely suffered from a lack of wins in his NASCAR career.  Since 2006, his rookie year in the Cup Series, he has never had a winless season.  Some of those years certainly were not big-win seasons, but Hamlin always found a way to get to Victory Lane at least once. Even in …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Goes Where in 2019?

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Just how much bigger will silly season be this year? Silly season continued in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with three drivers confirmed to be leaving their current rides in the past week and a fourth possibly contemplating doing so as well. Matt DiBenedetto announced last weekend that he and Go FAS Racing have …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Where the Past Meets the Present

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NASCAR’s annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 featured great racing throughout, late-race drama and a ton of great-looking paint schemes from yesteryear. Brad Keselowski picked up his first win of the year for Team Penske, holding off teammate Joey Logano on a short sprint to the finish. Kyle Larson crushed …

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Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman Top Bojangles’ Southern 500 Practices

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin dominated Darlington in 2017 with wins in both the XFINITY and Cup races. He returned to the scene of last year’s success and picked up right where he left off. Hamlin turned a lap at 172.287 mph during the opening practice to lead the entire day Friday (Aug. 31). Practice …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Over for Kasey Kahne at Leavine Family Racing

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The latest Silly Season domino to fall occurred earlier today (Aug. 16), when Kasey Kahne announced he will step away from full-time NASCAR racing at the end of the 2018 season. Kahne, 38, tweeted that racing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and beyond “was just something that I couldn’t commit …

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