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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth’s Return or Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Rise?

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Matt Kenseth’s first race back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series did not go quite as planned, despite the fanfare that surrounded the veteran racer being reunited with his new old team, Roush Fenway Racing. Instead, the No. 6 crew struggled with the car all night at Kansas Speedway on Saturday (May 12).  Kenseth …

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2-Headed Monster: With Matt Kenseth’s Return, What Happens To Trevor Bayne?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Roush Fenway Racing announced a few weeks ago that veteran Matt Kenseth would split time in the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the season. This Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway, May 12th, will be Kenseth’s first in the car, marking the first time since 2014 that Bayne has not been …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

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Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega Edition

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

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

What happened this weekend when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traveled to the largest track on the circuit for the GEICO 500? The short answer is that Joey Logano won at Talladega Superspeedway for the third time in his career. It was the first 2018 victory for Team Penske, and Logano became the sixth …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Back in Victory Lane After a Year

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano won the race at Richmond last spring only to have the win “encumbered.” That was the last time he graced Victory Lane in a Cup race until Sunday. This time around, he was not to be denied, leading four times for a total of 70 laps, including the final …

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4 Burning Questions: Will the Kyle Busch Show Continue?

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Can Kyle Busch make it four in a row? Kyle Busch will be going for his fourth straight victory this weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, a lofty achievement that very few even have the honor to race for. But he’ll be facing an uphill battle to do so this weekend. Toyota absolutely …

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Bayne of His Existence: Does Matt Kenseth’s Arrival Translate to Trevor Bayne’s Imminent Demise?

Might Trevor Bayne's six become nine? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

“Were you expecting somebody else?” As Mark Martin took to the podium Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to introduce the next driver of the flagship No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, rumors ran rampant over what the actual nature of this announcement would be. Was there a shakeup coming at Roush Fenway? …

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Matt Kenseth Adds Wyndham Hotels Sponsorship for Return to Roush Fenway Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It’s official: Matt Kenseth is returning to Roush Fenway Racing. On Wednesday (April 25),the team held a press conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame officially introducing Matt Kenseth’s return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in a part-time role, sharing the No. 6 car with Trevor Bayne. NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Sophomore Slump Affecting Youth Movement?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The dreaded sophomore slump has reared its ugly head again? The top three rookies from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last season are all underperforming nine races into 2018. Erik Jones is the best of the bunch, sitting 12th in points. But as the driver he replaced, Matt Kenseth, returns to …

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