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Alex Bowman Believes Team Is ‘Pointed in the Right Direction’ for Playoffs

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At the start of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team came out of the gates guns blazing. But as the season progressed, Bowman was often nowhere to be found, rarely running inside the top 10. Prior to NASCAR shutting down its season for 10 weeks due …

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Power Rankings: Here Come the Playoffs Edition

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It’s amazing how much has changed in all the many years since I started following NASCAR as a kid back in the late 1960s and ’70s. Thankfully, the racing is much safer. Can I hear a “Hallelujah” that we get live races every week? But one curious development is that back in the day, finishing …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Effect Does Jimmie Johnson’s Success Have on Rest of Hendrick Motorsports?

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Jimmie Johnson has been the core of Hendrick Motorsports for so many years, at least since Jeff Gordon’s departure. But even before that, he could be considered better than Gordon was. Throughout his struggles over the last few seasons, Hendrick Motorsports as a whole has not had a stellar run. But the last two weeks, …

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Power Rankings: Dover Double Take Edition

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Can anyone explain the logic of holding a doubleheader at the Monster Mile with the second race going head-to-head with the Greatest Spectacle in Auto Racing, the Indianapolis 500? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler? The good news is that NASCAR saw fit to give the NASCAR Cup Series guys more power and less downforce at Dover …

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The Big 6: NASCAR Questions Answered After Drydene 311 Race II

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Who… should you be talking about after the Drydene 311? On Saturday, Aug. 22, Denny Hamlin fired a shot across Kevin Harvick’s bow by winning the first Drydene 311 race at Dover International Speedway in commanding fashion. His first career NASCAR Cup Series victory at the Monster Mile gave him six wins on the year, …

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Power Rankings: Double the Fun Edition

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The week’s Power Rankings is almost guaranteed to get at least one “OK Boomer” comment, but I can’t help it that I have been around for so long. The Wrigley Chewing Gum company should sponsor Kevin Harvick, because he doubled his pleasure and doubled his fun last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. In the process, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Michigan Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Kevin Harvick swept the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday (Aug. 8) and the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday (Aug. 9) at Michigan International Speedway. He’s now won four out of the last six NASCAR Cup Series races held at the two-mile oval. Harvick was the dominant car in both events, leading the most …

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Power Rankings: Dedication to Bob Bahre Edition

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Despite a ho-hum finish, NASCAR’s Cup division put on a great race at the Magic Mile to properly honor the late great Bob Bahre. The selective painting of the traction compound seemed to do the job, allowing drivers to run all over the racetrack. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings after the 301-lap …

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Up to Speed: What is William Byron’s NASCAR Ceiling?

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William Byron is back in familiar territory.  One year ago, 20 races into the regular season, he was 12th in overall points and fighting to solidify a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Holding a 61-point advantage over the cutline leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Byron continued his rebound from a rough start to …

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Power Rankings: Racing Gods Have Spoken Edition

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The Racing Gods sure have a wicked sense of timing. Last week, the racing community lost a great racing promoter in Bob Bahre. This week, NASCAR heads to the track that he was responsible for making happen. Mr. Bahre was so important to New England racing in general and to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in …

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