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Couch Potato Tuesday: 3 Kentucky NASCAR Races, 3 Different Results For FOX And NBC

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Welcome back.  Last weekend saw three interesting races at the new-and-possibly improved Kentucky Speedway.  It’s pretty rare to see three completely different races in one race weekend. Before we start, FOX Sports announced on Wednesday that Shannon Spake has left ESPN to join the FOX Sports family.  The press release indicates that she will keep …

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Brad Keselowski Beats Carl Edwards for Fuel-Mileage Kentucky Victory

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Who would’ve thought Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway would end on fuel mileage? The newly reconfigured speedway brought havoc on many drivers in the early stages of the race. However, it ended with Brad Keselowski coasting to the checkered flag ahead of Carl Edwards following a 68-lap green-flag run. The victory for Keselowski is …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Kentucky Lineup (Quaker State 400)

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 9th for the Quaker State 400. The speedway underwent an extensive face lift following the 2015 race last July, which includes a newly paved surface, steeper corners and added SAFER barrier. Kentucky Speedway was added to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule back in …

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NASCAR’s Quiet, Subtle Changing of the Guard

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The list is just as talented as it is long. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones… we could go on for awhile. All of these drivers are age 32 or younger, have yet to reach the prime of their NASCAR career and are expected to carry the torch when …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Coke Zero 400 Reminder of NASCAR Plate Race Problems

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The Key Moment – On the final restart, Brad Keselowski got a much-needed push from teammate Joey Logano. Behind him, the Busch brothers battled (though not with paddles, in a bottle, on poodles). Team Penske’s Logano faded and Keselowski, topping off a dominant night, went on to score his first win at Daytona International Speedway. In a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Predicting the Future

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With a new aerodynamic package added to the mix in 2016, many things have remained the same. The same core of organizations are winning races, ultimately dominating the sport. Could there be a change in the near future? Familiar foes are near the Chase cutoff, and it’s something that those drivers and teams are accustomed to, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Wine Country and the Power of a Win

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ONE: 11 to Go After the off-week for Sprint Cup, it’s back at it this weekend at Sonoma Raceway in picturesque wine country (more on that below). In total, we have 11 races to go before the Chase and ten race winners to date, so there’s still plenty of time for those on the outside looking in …

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Kyle Larson Penalized Again; 20 Others Cited by NASCAR

Wednesday was a huge day for NASCAR penalties and warnings. Kyle Larson, who finished third in last weekend’s FireKeepers Casino 400, was docked 15 points as part of a P3 penalty levied against the team for failing post-race inspection. Larson’s crew chief for the week, Phil Surgen, was fined $25,000 as part of the penalty. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

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The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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Cool Down: The Youth Movement Shines in Michigan and Texas

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There was a time not long ago when the future stars of NASCAR couldn’t be found anywhere. As drivers like Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart slowly raced into the twilight of their careers, the drivers who would rise up and take over their spots atop the sport were nowhere to be seen. Just …

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