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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second stop on the early season edition of “#NASCARGoesWest” this week. Phoenix International Raceway hosted the Camping World 500, the fourth race of 2017. While Lady Luck is known for hanging out in Las Vegas, it seems that Ryan Newman still had a bit of good fortune …

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Frontstretch 5: Questions To Ask for NASCAR 2017… So Far

1. Is the guard changing before our eyes? Brad Keselowski is on top of the point standings three races into 2017, and there are some other veterans in the top 10 as well: Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray have been around the track a few times. But take …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas

NASCAR headed west this weekend for a little viva Las Vegas. It’s no secret that any title fight worth the price of admission can be found in the neon glow of the Nevada desert. Martin Truex Jr. took on all challengers and delivered a knockout blow; he’s the first to win all three stages in …

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Kasey Kahne and Both Furniture Row Teammates Penalized by NASCAR

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Prior to qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones were handed penalties by NASCAR. The infractions occurred prior to the teams assembling on pit road for the Qualifying session on Friday. NASCAR has a long, arduous process for teams to go through to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

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Following a wild opening weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved to Atlanta Motor Speedway for round two. Daytona seemed to create more questions than it answered and many in the sport looked to Sunday’s race to restore order. The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 did feature many of the usual favorites up front, …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Art of Victory

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ONE: 7.33% If you keep up with NASCAR via Twitter in any way, shape or form, you’ve likely been deluged with facts and stats these past couple weeks touting social engagement and viewing numbers for the Daytona 500. Now as the old adage goes, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Overcomes Loose Lug Nuts, Takes Advantage of Others Speeding to Win Atlanta

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Who’s in the headline – For most of the race Sunday, it looked like Kevin Harvick would be the the whole story of the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500. Unfortunately for him, a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 311 put an end to the storybook day for the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Ryan Reed Victorious in XFINITY Daytona Thriller

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He did it again. For the second time in the last three years, Ryan Reed has won at Daytona International Speedway in the XFINITY Series. Holding off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series talents Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon, Reed earned his second career win after starting from the front row. “I tried to apply everything …

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5 Cup Series Drivers Who Need to Win in 2017

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When NASCAR announced changes to the race format late last month, it made consistency relevant again. Winning is still going to have its virtues, including an automatic playoff berth, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the end-all, be-all it often has been. Like other changes NASCAR has made in the past, the best …

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2016 NASCAR Review: Kasey Kahne

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Moved to the hot seat. 2016 season was one of Kasey Kahne‘s toughest seasons of his 13-year NASCAR career. To start, he was coming off a 2015 season in which he led a career-low 66 laps. That number, however, was higher than this year’s total of zero, which was the amount of times the No. …

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