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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Claims Second NASCAR Crown Jewel of 2016

(Courtesy: NKP / Nigel Kinrade)

Who’s in the headline: For the first time in his career, Martin Truex, Jr. has won multiple races in a single season. Kevin Harvick was the dominant car for the vast majority of Sunday night’s Southern 500, but pit road miscues put him behind in the final laps and he was unable to overcome the handicap. Truex, now …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Darlington Lineup

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Darlington Raceway on September 4th for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. It’s another throwback weekend at the track “Too Tough to Tame” and nearly every team will be gunning to get its retro scheme into victory lane. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when constructing your …

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Jamie McMurray Pleased with the Direction of Chip Ganassi Racing

(Photo: Mike Neff)

With only two races remaining before the Chase cutoff at Richmond, Jamie McMurray finds himself on the hot seat, currently sitting 15 points to the good of the bubble. In recent weeks, Chip Ganassi Racing has been on an upward slide, with both of the teams consistently running toward the front of the field. Kyle Larson …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The First Time Edition

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

If you never think anything good can happen to you… or maybe if that good thing is close to happening, but you think it might not… or maybe if you’re afraid to take the one chance to make that good thing happen — then all three of NASCAR’s major races this weekend were for you, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Larson Comes Away with First Sprint Cup Win at Michigan

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Shouldering the label of best not to do something can be a heavy burden. For 98 Cup races, Kyle Larson took the green flag but was not the first one to see the checkered. After eight top 5s and 17 top 10s as a rookie, it seemed inevitable that Larson …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was in the spotlight for his win, but he wasn’t the only driver for Chip Ganassi Racing to take home a top 10 on Sunday as teammate Jamie McMurray came home eighth in his No. 1 Chevy.  CGR has struggled over the last couple of seasons, …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Bristol Lineup

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20th for the Bass Pro Shops, NRA Night Race. “The Last Great Colosseum” is home to some of the best short-track racing on the schedule, and the excitement should continue this Saturday night under the lights. Here are a few suggestions to keep …

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Tech Talk: Running Road Courses with Matt McCall

The second road course race of the season provides a far different set of challenges for teams and crew chiefs than Sonoma Raceway did earlier in the year. Watkins Glen International is run at a higher speed and is less technical than Sonoma. The additional challenge has been thrown at the teams because the track …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Indianapolis Lineup

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, July 24th for the Combat Wounded Coalition 400. This Sunday, one of the greatest of all time returns to the world’s most famous racetrack. Jeff Gordon returns to action as he fills in for Dale Earnhardt Jr for the next two races. Junior is …

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Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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