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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Does Etiquette Matter Edition

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This season’s low down force package may have had its best results yet with Sunday afternoon’s race at Richmond. There were multiple grooves early in the race and yes, tires were a big factor, too. So when what turned out to the final caution came out, some teams gambled and stayed out while others took …

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The Big 6: Questions After 2017 Toyota Owners 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kurt Busch, the 2017 Daytona 500 champion, has struggled with consistency since winning the biggest race in NASCAR two months ago. Busch hasn’t had a top 5 since, and has only four top 10s in the first nine races of the season. On Sunday, Busch had a much …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Logano Pulls Richmond Robbery From Keselowski, Kenseth

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Who’s In The Headline It took pit strategy to get Joey Logano up front at Richmond International Raceway, but no one on the No. 22 team is complaining this Monday morning. Not when you have a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trophy on your mantle. After a late caution, while restarting behind cars that stayed on …

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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hit the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Food City 500. Or at least, that was the plan initially. But April showers brought Monday horsepower, as the race was washed out for the weekend and postponed to Monday afternoon. It was disappointing for those race …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Aerodynamics, Multiple Winners, Potential New Tires and More in the First Off Week

Who’s in the headline – The season started with Kurt Busch in Victory Lane for the first time in his career at Daytona, along with his Daytona native crew chief Tony Gibson. Brad Keselowski is the only two-time winner in the series, while Kyle Larson has finished in the top two in all but two …

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The Big 6 (Actually 4): Questions Answered After The Start Of The NASCAR Season

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Who… gets my shoutout of the season so far? Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson have both just been on it all season. Keselowski isn’t that surprising. But with Hendrick Motorsports struggling a bit last year and Toyota prone to maybe taking a step back after dominating the last two seasons, the time was ripe for …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series two-stepped into the wide open spaces of Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Or, shall we say, the wider open spaces. The track was repaved since the tour last visited the 1.5-mile quad-oval, and, among other enhancements, the racing surface in Turns 1 and 2 was widened by about 20 …

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Five Points to Ponder: Millennials, Champions and Ninja Warriors

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ONE: Next Up, Easter After seven straight weeks of competition in the 2017 Cup Series season, we hit the first off weekend of the season a little later than last year as we celebrate Easter. So what have we learned so far? First things first, the Penske Fords are fast – lightning. Joey Logano might …

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Keselowski, Johnson Lead Saturday Texas Practice

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A pair of former Cup Series champions, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, rose to the top of the charts Saturday during practice at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski’s Ford No. 2 team continues to be on top of its game. Sunday’s Martinsville winner led a group of Chevrolets in an uneventful 55-minute morning practice at Texas Motor …

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