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The Frontstretch 5: Great Things About NASCAR’s Lower Divisions, Areas of Opportunity

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

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1. Standalone races Races like the XFINITY/Truck show at Iowa last weekend used to be much more common, but the ones that are still on the schedule often end up being among the best races of the season in any series. Some of that has to do with the venues, but it’s also because the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition

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Martin Truex Jr. defeated Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick on Sunday (June 3) to take the checkered flag in the Pocono 400, this week’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In other news, the sky is still blue and the Golden State Warriors are still unstoppable. Strong qualifiers Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and …

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Tech Talk: Splitter Clearance & Pit Stop Choreography With Trent Owens

The Monster Energy Open was the first laps in anger with the restrictor plate aero package at Charlotte Motor Speedway. AJ Allmendinger won the final stage, while his JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Chris Buescher came home in fifth. Trent Owens, crew chief for Buescher, wasn’t able to take much away from the experience for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: KC Masterpiece 400

Kansas Cup

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NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the KC Masterpiece 400. Saturday night (May 11) marks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ return to intermediate track racing following a four-race stretch of short tracks and superspeedways. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega two weeks ago and it will continue on …

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Tech Talk: Discussing Talladega Rule Changes & Rear Spoilers With Trent Owens

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In 2018, NASCAR did away with special aero packages just for the restrictor plate tracks. Now, teams utilize the same rules at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway that they run at every other track on the schedule. There are differences in what the car uses to establish the racing platform, but the scanning system that …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Bristol Two-Day Marathon

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch is the winningest active driver at Bristol Motor Speedway. He grabbed the win today to make it two in a row in 2018 and two in a row at Bristol. Busch led a race high five times for 117 laps, second only to Kyle Larson. Brad Keselowski won the …

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The Underdog House: Finding Easter Eggs at 1/6th Mark of 2018

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small At the one-sixth mark of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, perhaps there was no better time for a holiday break. For some, at least. As we exited Daytona Speedweeks, drifted through the West Coast Swing and plowed through white Martinsville, the true stature of the underdogs for 2018 have taken …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens on New Camaros, Early Season Disappointments

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series survived Snowmaggedon 2018 at Martinsville Speedway and is now on Easter vacation — and with the season six races old, we’re taking a little different look at the season through the eyes of a crew chief. In this edition, Chris Buescher’s crew chief Trent Owens looks back at the …

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