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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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Kyle Busch Captures Pole at Martinsville

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Whenever Kyle Busch wins a pole, it could call danger for the rest of the field, and that’s exactly what he did for Sunday’s (Oct. 28) First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch turned a speed of 96.254 mph, edging out Clint Bowyer (96.122 mph) for the pole. It’s Busch’s second pole at the paperclip, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: First Data 500

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The first race in the Round of 8 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs resumes this Sunday (Oct. 28) with the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The green flag on Sunday flies at 2:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. FanDuel has put …

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2-Headed Monster: Is The Driver or The Car More Important?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This week’s question is racing’s version of “the chicken or the egg” question: does the car matter more than the driver or does the driver make a bigger difference than the car? Motor Over Mojo There’s no doubt that both matter, but it’s clear that the machine makes a bigger contribution than the man (or …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas II

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Unlike the ROVAL in September, the elimination race for the Round of 12 at Kansas was missing the epic moments that have come to define critical races in the playoffs. The same four drivers who entered Kansas below the cutoff line were eliminated after Sunday’s race, as none of them were able to put themselves …

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Up to Speed: Uncertainty Weighing on Furniture Row Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing are nearly one year removed from winning a championship together.  They have defended their title well in 2018.  With four wins this season, Truex is among the so called Big Three who look like the most legitimate championship threats. Or, at least he was this summer. Since then, …

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Chase Elliott Benefits From Kevin Harvick Penalty to Win Hollywood Casino 400

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kevin Harvick’s loss was Chase Elliott’s gain… all over again. For the second time in three weeks, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was decided by pit road. Elliott benefitted from a Harvick penalty to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday (Oct. 21) at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was in a strong position to …

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Aric Almirola & Kurt Busch Lead Pair of Saturday Kansas Cup Practices

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers took to Kansas Speedway for a pair of practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 on Saturday. Talladega winner Aric Almirola posted a 186.683 mph lap to take the top spot in the first session, narrowly edging Erik Jones, who was one of only two non-playoff drivers to …

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Kyle Larson Penalized for Damaged Vehicle Policy Violation

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Wednesday (Oct. 17), NASCAR released the weekly penalty report.  This week, the sanctioning body came down on Kyle Larson.  On Sunday, Larson blew a left rear tire on the backstretch and spun on lap 104.  Repairs were made to the CreditOne Chevrolet and Larson continued, eventually finishing 11th. In post-race inspection, it was discovered that …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Hollywood Casino 400

Better day ahead in Kansas than Talladega for Kevin Harvick? (Photo: Christian Koelle)

The final race in the Round of 12 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs starts this Sunday (Oct. 21) with the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. The green flag flies at 2:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Championship contenders will be battling with those still seeking a ride in 2019 on this 1.5-mile …

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