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The Frontstretch 5: Pieces in NASCAR’s Silly Season Puzzle & Where They Could Fit

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1. Kurt Busch 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch won’t return to powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Each driver move creates two pieces to the puzzle, as the ride he vacates will need to be filled. In this case, it’s pretty likely that Cole Custer will take over the No. 41, so Busch …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Lucky Number 7

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has done it again. For the third time in his seven victories this year, he swept all three stages of the race. Harvick led 108 laps, won every stage and beat the competition into submission. He became the second driver in 20 years to have seven wins through 23 …

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Up to Speed: What Comes Next for Ryan Newman?

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NASCAR’s silly season is beginning to heat up and drivers are fighting to secure a place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  The focus of competitors and fans is shifting toward racers who can put together a strong finish to the season, and what might be in store for 2019. Ryan Newman’s future, …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Anyone Else Win Their Way Into the Playoffs?

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There are only five races left in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, and we have seen only seven winners so far. With nine playoff spots still up for grabs, anyone in the top 30 in points who notches a win in the next five races will automatically earn a spot in the …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Pocono Part II

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains and the three corners of Pocono Raceway for the second time in two months, and for a while, it seemed as though we would see a first-time winner at the Tricky Triangle for the third straight year (Chris Buescher 2016, Ryan Blaney 2017). But …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Geometry is Difficult

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series raced at Pocono Raceway this weekend and Kyle Busch added two more trophies to his collection. Busch tied Ron Hornaday for most career CWTS wins with 51 and tied Kevin Harvick for the most MENCS wins this season at six apiece. The MENCS event, Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Takes Another Gander at Victory Lane in Pocono

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch ran 25 races at Pocono Raceway and never finished above second before last July. After Sunday he has two wins in the last three races. Busch took advantage of trouble for Kevin Harvick on pit road and then held off teammate Daniel Suarez on late-race restarts to claim his …

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Can the Stars Make Grassroots Racing Great Again?

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To this day, Ryan Newman remains one of the most intelligent men in the NASCAR garage, but that didn’t stop him from making comments on RaceDayCT that left me scratching my head. The topic? Grassroots racing, and Kevin Harvick’s involvement in them. “I haven’t seen Kevin Harvick do anything other than a little sponsorship for …

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5 Points to Ponder: When 6th Place Is a Good Result 

Ryan Newman in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway, September 2017. Photo: NKP

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ONE: Sixth place 2018 has been an awful debut for the Chevrolet Camaro in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In a sign of just how much it’s struggled, Ryan Newman just picked up his best result of his season’s 20 races to date with a sixth-place finish at New Hampshire. Over his 18-win, 19-year, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sure, he didn’t win; in fact, Kurt Busch was lucky to scrounge up eighth after tumbling late in the race following a bizarre green-flag pit sequence where he got caught up with Ryan Blaney. Busch stopped before his pit box, thinking Blaney was done with his service but wound up …

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