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Up to Speed: Why This Year’s Cup Series Playoffs Will Be Different for Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney walks around Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex. (Photo: NKP)

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang BodyArmor

Has anybody in NASCAR had a better two weeks than Ryan Blaney?  For the first time in his career, Blaney has won back-to-back Cup Series races.  The first win came at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 22.  Then, he and the No. 12 team followed up that victory with a win at Daytona International Speedway …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 FireKeepers Casino 400

Kevin Harvick at New Hampshire NASCAR Cup race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series head to the Irish Hills of Michigan this week for the next-to-last race in the regular season. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for Sunday’s (Aug. 22) race at Michigan International Speedway. The summer stretch of road races is done and it’s time for Cup teams to head …

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Martin Truex Jr., Auto-Owners Insurance Extend Partnership

2021 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Auto-Owners Insurance will continue to sponsor Martin Truex Jr. through at least next season in the NASCAR Cup Series, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Aug. 19. It first partnered with Truex in July 2016 and teamed up with JGR starting in 2019. Truex drove the No. 19 Auto-Owners car to several victories, including two in 2019 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Curbs Ruin NBC’s Day In Indianapolis

Kyle Busch races in the NASCAR Cup Sereies at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In recent years, races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been a mixed affair. The Indianapolis 500 has generally been very competitive in recent years.  I’ve enjoyed the races, recent television coverage from NBC and I think most race fans would agree. For NASCAR, it’s been a downward trajectory since the repave in 2008. The 2008 …

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Martin Truex Jr. Quickest in Indianapolis Cup Practice

Martin Truex Jr. practices at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, 8/14/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr., one of the best road racers in the NASCAR Cup Series, took the top spot in practice on Saturday (Aug. 14), at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Truex’s lap at 98.021 mph topped the charts. Truex was one of three Gibbs machines in the top 10, but breaking those drivers up …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Go Bowling at The Glen

2021 Cup Watkins Glen Kyle Larson Wins NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Kyle Larson won the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday (Aug. 8) after holding off a hard-charging teammate and leading the final 26 laps of the race. Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five finishers.  RETWEET to congratulate @KyleLarsonRacin on his WIN at @WGI!#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/BU9OJMLMEQ …

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Up to Speed: Mistakes Plague Chase Elliott, No. 9 Team at Watkins Glen

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

While no race in the NASCAR Cup Series guarantees a good finish for any driver, Chase Elliott had to feel confident about his chances at Watkins Glen International.  Elliott had won the last two races at The Glen, both during seasons in which Hendrick Motorsports was experiencing a bit of a slump.  Since his last …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After 2021 Go Bowling at the Glen

Chase Briscoe in the driver's seat of his NASCAR racecar. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Larson can race on any kind of track in any kind of car (anyone else want to see him try his hand in the IndyCar Series?). Sunday (Aug. 8), he reminded everyone of that, making the tricky road course at Watkins Glen International look like …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Go Bowling at The Glen

Watkins Glen 2019 NASCAR Cup Chase Elliott

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hello, Watkins Glen. It’s been a while. Absent from the 2020 schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been two full years since NASCAR took to the seven-turn, 2.454-mile road course in upstate New York. Chase Elliott claimed his first career Cup Series win there in 2018, followed by a back-to-back effort in 2019 before …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Go Bowling at the Glen

Chase Elliott 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After taking two weeks off for the Olympics, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to racing this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Let’s prep your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups for Sunday’s (Aug. 8) 2021 Go Bowling at the Glen, airing at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Watkins Glen is one of my favorite …

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