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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 59th annual 600-mile event. When you look at the list of NASCAR Hall of Famers, most of them have at least one Coca-Cola 600 victory on their résumé. Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace are just a few …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega Edition

Ryan Newman in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway, September 2017. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

What happened this weekend when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traveled to the largest track on the circuit for the GEICO 500? The short answer is that Joey Logano won at Talladega Superspeedway for the third time in his career. It was the first 2018 victory for Team Penske, and Logano became the sixth …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 GEICO 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While David Ragan was putting on a restrictor-plate driving clinic, he’s strong enough that it’s almost expected that he’ll run well. He finished sixth for a Front Row Motorsports team which rarely cracks the top 20. Less expected was the strong run of another driver, who, while his …

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Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray Lead Talladega Cup Practice Sessions

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Ty Dillon and Jamie McMurray each led a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday (April 27) at Talladega Superspeedway. Dillon was fastest during the first session while McMurray turned the fastest lap during an eventful final practice for Sunday’s GEICO 500. Dillon turned the fastest lap during the first session with a 202.959 mph lap …

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Jamie McMurray Barrel Rolls During Final Cup Practice at Talladega

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday (April 27) at Talladega Superspeedway was not without its fireworks. With a little less than 30 minutes remaining in final practice at Talladega, Jamie McMurray lost a left rear tire. As his No. 1 began to spin, air went under the car and lifted it up and over …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Further Limit Cup Drivers In Its Lower Series?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Names should be made here NASCAR touts its XFINITY  and Camping World Truck Series tours as places where the next group of stars comes from. The current drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all participated in one — or in most cases, both —  prior to landing a seat at the top level. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Returning to the track after Easter’s off weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Texas Motor Speedway where multiple tire failures took center stage. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman were just a few of the big names taken out by Goodyear blowouts. When all was said and done, Kyle Busch …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Triumphs In Texas For First 2018 Win

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline After three seconds and a third in the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Kyle Busch finally put it all together Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick down the stretch, Busch became the fifth MENCS winner of 2018 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. …

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