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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: How Did Harvick NOT Win Edition

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As is sometimes the case in NASCAR, and really, in any form of auto racing, the driver with the best car doesn’t necessarily win. That was certainly the case in Sunday’s race at Atlanta, where Kevin Harvick had the field covered plus some, only to have a late race mistake cost him a victory. Those …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Matt Kenseth struggled in the first stage of Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A speeding penalty on pit road left the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion a lap down in 31st after the first round of green-flag pit stops. Kenseth was able to recover to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Overcomes Loose Lug Nuts, Takes Advantage of Others Speeding to Win Atlanta

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Who’s in the headline – For most of the race Sunday, it looked like Kevin Harvick would be the the whole story of the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500. Unfortunately for him, a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 311 put an end to the storybook day for the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s Speeding Issues, Kyle Busch Dominates XFINITY and Christopher Bell Sends a Message

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kevin Harvick was literally too fast for Atlanta Motor Speedway – Leading 293 of 325 laps, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick looked to be home free in his second race with Ford. Lightning-fast pit stops, the top spot on every restart and playoff points in both stages. It sure was a perfect day …

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Up to Speed: Better Finishes Ahead for Stewart-Haas Racing

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On a cloudy afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing came up empty handed when the checkered flag flew. But those clouds were not without a silver lining for the four-car organization. Just over one week ago, Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team were in the spotlight, with the 2004 series champion won the …

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Brad Keselowski: ‘I Would Not Have Passed Kyle Larson for the Win’ If Atlanta Was Repaved

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The sport has spoken. They love Atlanta Motor Speedway. After announcements that the track will undergo its first repave of the century, drivers, fans and media alike have pleaded to keep the 1.5-mile track just the way it is — and Sunday’s competitive race only grew their begs. Brad Keselowski won the Folds of Honor …

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Brad Keselowski Wins, Kevin Harvick Speeds in Atlanta

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Brad Keselowski held off Kyle Larson to win Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The win, his 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, gives Ford a second win to start the 2017 season. “You never know, that’s how these races are,” Keselowski said. “We had a lot of adversity …

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Kyle Busch Holds off Brad Keselowski for Atlanta XFINITY Win

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Though he didn’t lead the most laps in Saturday’s Rinnai 250, Kyle Busch pushed hard when it counted on the final restart to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The victory, his first of 2017, is the 87th of his XFINITY Series career and second in a row at Atlanta. “Scott [Graves, crew chief] made some …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch guided a badly damaged race car to the finish line first, ending an 0-for-15 drought in the sport’s Great American Race. He was the third of three leaders in the final three laps, taking control when others around him ran out of gas. In a Daytona 500 that was …

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Did You Notice? … Whether Change Can Keep NASCAR Afloat?

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Did You Notice? … Just a NASCAR change or two has descended upon us since we last came together? Since November, the sport has taken on a new title sponsor in Monster Energy, adopted a flurry of new rules designed to spice up competition, and split with tradition by chopping even the Daytona 500 into …

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