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Did You Notice?: For Ryan Preece, Matt DiBenedetto the Only NASCAR Way Up Is Down

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Did You Notice? … For Ryan Preece and Matt DiBenedetto, NASCAR Cup Series employment options are shrinking? Both men are likely free agents after JTG Daugherty Racing revealed they’re downsizing to a one-car team in 2022. Matty D has been auditioning for weeks after Harrison Burton announced he’ll be a Cup rookie full-time next season driving …

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5 Points to Ponder: Does Momentum Make Ryan Blaney a Championship Contender?

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1. How much does momentum matter going into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs? Asking for a friend named Ryan Blaney. (Note: Blaney and I are not actually friends, having spoken exactly once, but he is a likable gent.) The 27-year-old Team Penske wheelman entered the 2021 season never having won more than one race in …

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Fire on Fridays: Who’s Actually Got a Shot at the Cup Playoffs?

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It’s somewhat fitting that this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has an elimination factor. After all, that’s usually the case at the season-opening Daytona 500, when the pre-race Duels set the lineup and a certain number of cars (four in 2021) are left on the sidelines come the big race on …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Do-Or-Die Drivers for Daytona

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This is it. Crunch time. Just one more race remains until the playoff field is set for the NASCAR Cup Series. And what could be a more unpredictable place for it to happen than Daytona International Speedway? Last year, Daytona held the regular season finale for the first time. Several drivers’ playoff dreams were fulfilled …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Ryan Blaney Carries Momentum to Michigan Win

Ryan Blaney wins the 2021 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, August 2021. Photo: NKP

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Ryan Blaney is in the midst of what may be the best year of his Cup Series career after winning Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Blaney, whose father Dave made 473 Cup starts but never finished better than third, scored his second win of 2021. It’s the first time that the High Point, NC native …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Kaulig Racing Give AJ Allmendinger Full-Time Cup Ride in 2022?

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A.J. Allmendinger was the surprise winner this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. His win was the second of his Cup career and the first for Kaulig Racing in the Cup Series. The organization will expand to include a two-car Cup Series team in 2022 after purchasing …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Left to Fall

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This NASCAR Cup Series silly season has already been a wild one. From Brad Keselowski buying into Roush Fenway Racing to Trackhouse Racing Team purchasing Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cup program, there hasn’t been a silly season that’s shaken up the garage this much in quite a while. And it’s not over yet. There’s still a …

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5 Points to Ponder: Aric Almirola Comes Up Big, and What’s Next for Matty D

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1. Has there ever been as clutch a win as the one Aric Almirola just pulled off? Ever since Kyle Larson started getting on a roll, the dream of NASCAR Cup Series playoff intrigue has been just about dead. Then this past Sunday (July 18), Aric Almirola decided to give it the racing equivalent of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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The NASCAR Cup Series makes the trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for Sunday’s (July 18) race, airing at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Teams have traveled to Loudon, a 1.058-mile racetrack, once a year since 2018, so …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Next for Xfinity Silly Season?

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Who did Wood Brothers Racing hire? After a hint from Door Bumper Clear earlier in the week, it was made official July 15 that in 2022, Austin Cindric will take over the No. 2 for Team Penske in the NASCAR Cup Series while Harrison Burton will take over the venerable No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing …

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