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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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What happened?  Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 12) after leading a race-high 192 laps.  Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. Statement. Made. Retweet to congratulate @keselowski on an impressive showing tonight at @RichmondRaceway. #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Hv4c2ohajT — …

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Brad Keselowski Dominates at Richmond

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Brad Keselowski locked himself into the second round of the 2020 playoffs with a Saturday (Sept. 12) night win at Richmond Raceway, leading 192 laps en route to his fourth win of the season. The Cup Series’ Federated Auto Parts 400 was the last of four races in three days between NASCAR’s three national touring …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Federated Auto Parts 400

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The second race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is here, as the sport travels to Richmond Raceway for the third short track race of the season. Kevin Harvick sealed his ticket to the Round of 12 last week, even though he likely would have advanced on playoff points alone. Ryan Blaney and Matt …

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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Southern 500

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After quite a shakeup in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule due to COVID-19, we’ve returned to a somewhat normal timeline beginning with the sport’s playoff opener (as normal as normal can be under 2020 circumstances). So let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Darlington …

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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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Up to Speed: Kyle Busch Will Miss Having Playoff Points in 2020

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Kyle Busch experienced another frustrating finish to a promising race on Saturday night.  At Daytona International Speedway, in the last race of the regular season, Busch led for a total of 31 laps.  He was near the front of the pack late in the race and had a good shot at scoring a win.  But …

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Reel Racing: NASCAR Schemes Go Hollywood

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In June, amid quarantine and with more time on my hands, I decided to undertake a project that just might be the magnum opus of this “Reel Racing” column series. Over the course of several weeks, I researched every single movie-themed NASCAR paint scheme that ever hit the track, regardless of if it actually raced …

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Did You Notice?: Remaining NASCAR Silly Season Questions for 2021

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Silly Season is heating up as the 2020 Cup Series regular season winds down? Corey LaJoie announced last week he won’t be returning to the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, opening up another ride in a rapidly evolving NASCAR garage area. Let’s take a look at where each Cup team …

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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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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Go Bowling 235 at Daytona

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The NASCAR Cup Series takes on Daytona International Speedway road course for the first time ever this weekend, a sentence that I never thought I would hear in 2020. With changes to the 2020 schedule, NASCAR added the Daytona road course for the 23rd event of the 2020 season, replacing the scheduled road-course event at …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Other) Drivers Who Could Make a Run At the 2020 NASCAR Cup Title

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If you listen to the talk, most people are certain this year’s title will come down to either Kevin Harvick or Denny Hamlin. Frankly, it should come down to them, and it well might. Provided they both make the finale at Phoenix Raceway, they’re both strong there, and they’ve finished one-two more than once already …

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