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Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney Pace Saturday Las Vegas Cup Practices

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was back in action Saturday (March 3) for two rounds of practice in preparation for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 Presented By Jiffy Lube at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson posted the quick time of the initial session on the 1.5-mile oval. His Chevrolet Camaro topped the charts with …

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Ryan Blaney Wins Pole for Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube

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Ryan Blaney picked up his third career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday evening (March 2) for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube. This pole is his first in 2018 for Team Penske, and it came with a lap of 191.489 mph. Atlanta winner Kevin Harvick made the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Pennzoil 400

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We were all witnesses to what is now referred to as “Harvicking” last weekend at Atlanta. If you didn’t have Kevin Harvick in your DraftKings lineup and still somehow ended up cashing out, consider yourself incredibly lucky. But now, NASCAR heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Pennzoil 400. Intermediate tracks are …

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5 Points To Ponder: Fords In Focus, Danica Who?, And Kevin Harvick, Then And Now

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ONE: Fords To The Front, Take Two Camaro who? Camry what? Ford may have the oldest car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but they’re certainly learning new tricks to beat their manufacturer competition straight into submission. Kevin Harvick’s dominating Atlanta performance came with fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski in tow. Combined, the duo …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s Why the Winner of the Daytona 500 Isn’t Leading the Point Standings

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Here’s a new one for you: Austin Dillon, Daytona 500 champion and the first victor of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, is not leading the Cup point standings entering Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. In fact, he’s not even second. Weird, right? Well, thank the Cup Series’ ever-changing points system, which really …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings after Daytona

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was in Daytona this weekend for the 60th running for the Daytona 500. As the sun rose Sunday morning, it ushered in the 2018 season with one of the most anticipated Great American Races in recent memory. The field was filled with a good mix of young drivers challenging …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline The clash on Sunday last week had the world abuzz with how uneventful the racing would be at Daytona for the 500. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the drivers. 24 lead changes, seven caution flags for on-track incidents, 14 leaders and the three winningest car numbers in the sport on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Daytona 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Before a multi-car pileup with a lap remaining, there were a couple of cars in the top 10, sometimes the top five, that fans don’t see there very often.  Matt DiBenedetto, driving for tiny Go FAS Racing, and Brendan Gaughan, driving for part-time owner Mark Beard, were looking …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

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If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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Paul Menard Scores Top 10 in Wood Brothers Racing Debut

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In the 2017 Daytona 500, Ryan Blaney came up just shy of winning in the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21. Blaney went on to win at Pocono Raceway and make a deep playoff run. Blaney announced he was moving to Team Penske and Paul Menard would take his spot in the No. 21 for 2018. …

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