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Pace Laps: Ryan Blaney Lets One Get Away, Erik Jones Dominates in XFINITY Series

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Monster Energy Cup Series: The Wood Brothers are Back – 1982. That was the last time a Wood Brothers Racing car led more than 100 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 35-year streak ended Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as the team’s second-year driver Ryan Blaney led the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 for 148 …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas this Sunday for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race week thus far has been eventful to say the least. Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones all wrecked their primary cars during opening practice on Friday. While Busch’s team was able …

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Kevin Harvick Wins First Cup Pole in Texas

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Sweeping all three rounds, it was a perfect qualifying day for Kevin Harvick. Especially the final session, where Harvick ripped around the 1.5-mile Texas track in 27.217 seconds [198.405 mph] to win the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. It is the 19th pole of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career, first at Texas …

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Ryan Blaney Leads Troublesome Texas Practice

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This new Texas Motor Speedway surface was kind to Ryan Blaney. The No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford led the way in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session on the reprofiled 1.5-mile track. The second-year driver ripped around the fresh track in 27.809 seconds [194.182 mph]. Behind him was a surprise face …

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Up to Speed: Everything is Great at Martinsville

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In the still young 2017 season, NASCAR is trying to find reasons for fans to get excited.  First, there was the implementation of the new stage format.  Pre-determined cautions with points awarded to the top 10 drivers mid-race made for some initial curiosity at Daytona International Speedway. However, stage racing has mostly led to more aggressive …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Fontana

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went Hollywood this weekend for its annual visit to Fontana, CA. The stars were were out and the red carpet dazzled with NASCAR’s best. But it was California’s own Kyle Larson who stole the show. Larson stuck to his script and delivered an award-winning performance. The Chip Ganassi Racing …

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The Underdog House: No Margin For Error With NASCAR’s Small Teams

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No Margin For Error Last week, we looked at the importance of improvement for small teams.  For those that realistically just can’t compete with their powerhouse rivals on a weekly basis, it’s a better measure than finishes alone. It’s also an important step for those teams a step ahead of the game, ones in position to one …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second stop on the early season edition of “#NASCARGoesWest” this week. Phoenix International Raceway hosted the Camping World 500, the fourth race of 2017. While Lady Luck is known for hanging out in Las Vegas, it seems that Ryan Newman still had a bit of good fortune …

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Jones, Blaney, Gaughan Lead Phoenix NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Brendan Gaughan were the fastest guns in the west Friday during three rounds of NASCAR XFINITY Series practice out in Arizona. The trio paced the field in preparation for Saturday’s DC Solar 200 at one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Saturday will be the first race of the 2017 XFINITY Series Dash for Cash program, a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas

NASCAR headed west this weekend for a little viva Las Vegas. It’s no secret that any title fight worth the price of admission can be found in the neon glow of the Nevada desert. Martin Truex Jr. took on all challengers and delivered a knockout blow; he’s the first to win all three stages in …

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