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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Aric Almirola Finally in Victory Lane After Stewart-Haas Domination at Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline There is domination by drivers and domination by teams. Sunday was total domination by the Stewart-Haas Racing organization. They won every stage and the race with a different driver doing each, and the driver who didn’t win any of them finished second in all three. In the end, fuel mileage bit …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chase Briscoe Enjoys ‘Aesthetically Delicious’ Weekend at the ROVAL

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s a long, but action-packed Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the trio of Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Chase Briscoe to discuss his first victory in the top preliminary division of motorsports. Briscoe took the green flag for the inaugural race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in ninth but played strategy to get track position in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Bank of America ROVAL 400

(Photo: Frank Velat)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s hard enough to face playoff elimination when you make a mistake, but when it comes as payment for someone else’s mistake, it’s really hard to swallow.  For Aric Almirola, trouble kept on coming on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL that was not his doing. Instead of letting it …

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Ryan Blaney Avoids Chicane Wreck, Snags Bank of America ROVAL 400 Victory

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Ryan Blaney emerged from the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 as the victor Sunday afternoon in a race that played out differently than many had feared. On the final lap, Jimmie Johnson spun in the Turns 16/17 chicane while trying to pass Martin Truex Jr. for the win.  When Johnson spun, he clipped the …

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Kyle Busch Fastest in Opening Cup ROVAL Practice

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

Kyle Busch was fast early and often Friday morning (Sept. 28) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The seven-time winner ended up quickest in Friday’s sole Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session with a lap of 106.397 mph. Busch’s lap was one-hundredth of a second faster than teammate Erik Jones.  Team Penske’s Joey Logano was third …

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Did You Notice?: Kyle Busch Is On Pace To Make More NASCAR History?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Kyle Busch has hit 50 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories? That number ties him for 11th all-time at just 33 years of age. So much has been made of Busch challenging Richard Petty’s record of 200 career wins when you compile his totals in all three major NASCAR series. He’s …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Richmond, Take II

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Kyle Busch captured his 50th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win by taking the checkered flag on the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night. It was the seventh win of 2018 for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He was followed by the Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in second and …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas II

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, a championship contender arose in the form of Kevin Harvick. And when the series came back around to Vegas last weekend, another driver was feeling lucky, topping our NASCAR power rankings in the process. Brad Keselowski had zero …

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Ryan Blaney Overcomes Late-Race Las Vegas Contact for Top-Five Finish

Ryan Blaney earned a top five finish following 400 grueling miles in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Davey Segal/Frontstretch)

It was a banner day for Team Penske on all racing fronts. Brad Keselowski won the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to earn the team its 500th victory, Scott Dixon won his fifth IndyCar Series championship and Keselowski’s two teammates, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, brought it home inside the top five. …

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