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Friday Faceoff: What’s the Biggest Move of NASCAR Silly Season 2017?

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The Cup race at Indianapolis featured some exciting moments, but also a lot of crashes, while the XFINITY Series tried a race package that included restrictor plates and air ducts in the front of the cars. Did the lower series put on the better show, and should Cup consider using the same package next year?  …

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Ryan Blaney Joins Team Penske in Cup Series for 2018

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Team Penske will run three cars for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with Ryan Blaney joining its existing pair of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. The 23-year-old Blaney will drive the No. 12 car next season full-time in the Cup Series. Blaney has driven the No. 21 Ford full-time for Wood Brothers Racing …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Silly Season Turns Toward The Sophisticated Business Of NASCAR Charters

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Did You Notice? …. That Brad Keselowski’s signing narrows down the list of Silly Season question marks? Keselowski’s extension, announced Tuesday, keeps him in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford with sponsorship from Miller Lite. The move came paired with a new contract for crew chief Paul Wolfe as well; the duo will continue their successful …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Live From Kentucky Edition

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Every now and then, I am fortunate enough to get to attend a NASCAR race and in this case, be at the venue for two days. That’s what happened this past weekend at Kentucky Speedway, so it’s a chance to have a little different perspective on the entire experience. HOT If you are a Martin …

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The Underdog House: Talented But Opportunity Hard to Come By

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Think Small I’ve written before about the small-team drivers and how they’re often overlooked, to their detriment.  They’re virtually ignored on broadcasts unless they’re doing something wrong, and seem to be considered damaged goods in the free-agent market, though their racing efforts are often hampered more by budgets and equipment than any lack of ability. …

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Kyle Busch Takes Second XFINITY Series Win of 2017 in Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway

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Kyle Busch won the rain-postponed XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday afternoon. It was Busch’s 88th XFINITY Series win and his second of the season. Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers. Erik Jones took the win in an eventful stage one. On the start, an accordion-style wreck …

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4 Burning Questions: Chase Elliott & Ryan Blaney, Who’s Ahead at the Halfway Point?

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Who Has the Upper Hand, Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney? One year ago at Kentucky Speedway, the top two rookies of the 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign wrecked together in Turn 3. At the time, it was in the middle of the worst string of races for both Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Coke Zero 400 Preview

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The daily fantasy NASCAR train is heading down south to Daytona this week. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. Cars hit the track today at 3:00 p.m. for first practice while Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place Friday …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Daytona Races Can Be Deceiving

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR races at Daytona can be deceiving? The sport’s Super Bowl, February’s Daytona 500 is known as a race whose winner rarely competes for the series title. Only Jimmie Johnson (2006 & 2013) has accomplished the feat since 1998. There’s a lot of reasons Daytona winds up so different than the rest …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

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Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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