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NASCAR 101: The Cup Series Returns to the Short Tracks

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The Paperclip. The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Action Track. Three very distinct short tracks, yet some drivers in the 2018 season conquered each track’s challenges. Though the races at Martinsville, Bristol, and Richmond resulted in three different winners, quite a few drivers placed in the top 10 in at least four out of the six …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Impressive at Chip Ganassi Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway belonged to Kyle Busch.  But nobody should overlook the accomplishments of his older brother early in the season. Kurt Busch left Stewart-Haas Racing after a successful five-year run.  He took over driving duties for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 car, bringing sponsor Monster Energy …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: TicketGuardian 500

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ISM Raceway is the first time we will see Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars with approximately 750 horsepower, no aero ducts or restrictor plates in 2019. ISM Raceway is located in Avondale, Ariz. just outside of Phoenix and it is going to be a wild Sunday afternoon. I consider it to be a short …

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Clint Bowyer Fastest In Final Practice At Atlanta, Kyle Busch Crashes

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Clint Bowyer paced the field in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). It is the fourth of five on-track sessions that Bowyer has topped this weekend.  The only exception has been the final round of qualifying on Friday. Bowyer posted a speed of 179.104 miles …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

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The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is off and running as we try and prepare ourselves for the unknown of the sport’s new rules package. The racing will be closer and more exhilarating, but with that comes unpredictability, more so now than ever. Daily fantasy NASCAR will be a totally different animal beginning …

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Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola Lead First Practice at Atlanta

Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

One week after a heartbreaking crash derailed his hopes of winning the Daytona 500, Clint Bowyer tops the speed charts in Monster Energy Cup Series first practice from Atlanta Motor Speedway with a fast lap speed of 180.152 mph. His Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola was second, followed by Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, and Denny …

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Ford Follies: Michael McDowell Miffed With Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer Despite Top-5 Finish

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Michael McDowell ran one of the best races of his career in the Daytona 500 on Sunday (Feb. 17). The 11-year veteran finished fifth in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway for just his second-career top five-finish. And yet, McDowell wanted more. “For a small team, it’s awesome. There’s no doubt about it,” McDowell …

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Massie’s Minute: Good Riddance to Restrictor-Plate Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Daytona 500 is the final race of restrictor-plate racing as we know it. For the remaining races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 2019, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will use the same tapered spacer package it’ll race for the majority of the schedule. What this means is that for the …

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Clint Bowyer Misses Out on Duel Victory

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For much of Thursday’s (Feb. 14) second Gander RV Duel at Daytona International Speedway, Clint Bowyer was in prime position to win his first career race during Daytona Speedweeks. But coming to the tri-oval to take the white flag, reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano put a halt to that. After starting …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ford Shocks the NASCAR World

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The dominance of the Blue Oval is back in NASCAR. For the first time since 2002, Ford took home the manufacturer’s title, finally grabbing it back from Toyota and Chevrolet. In a year that saw struggles unlike any other season for the Bow Tie group, the Ford squad made sure to take advantage. With Roush …

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