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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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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer sits in the garage area at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

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If Clint Bowyer needed anything at the beginning of 2018, he needed a return to Victory Lane.  The veteran driver was stuck in a winless drought stretching back to the autumn of 2012, a total of 185 races.  Bowyer had come close to winning on a handful of occasions in 2017, his first season with …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Look Back at NASCAR 2018 and a Glimpse Ahead

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Who’s in the headline When it was all said and done at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was Joey Logano holding up the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano was the least decorated of the four finalists but was running as well as anyone when the final four races of the season took place. Unlike …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Ford EcoBoost 400

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Championship weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series marks the end of the fantasy racing season. On FanDuel, this is the last chance to win big and ride into the offseason with some money in the bank. The Championship 4 drivers are getting all the hype, and are all pretty similar in speed this …

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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

2017 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

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1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Forced to Deal With Lack of NASCAR Texas Action

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Since Texas Motor Speedway was repaved prior to last year, races there have been rather tepid.  Sunday’s (Nov. 4) AAA Texas 500 was the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race out of four to have exactly 16 lead changes.  That total’s already low but a lot of those 16 changes also came by way …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

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I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 First Data 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sunday’s race was hard-fought for every position.  At times, groups of five or six drivers would be pushing for the same square of real estate and there was often more take than give.  Through all of it, Daniel Suarez drove like a veteran.  Qualifying eighth, Suarez got shuffled …

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Chase Elliott Benefits From Kevin Harvick Penalty to Win Hollywood Casino 400

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Kevin Harvick’s loss was Chase Elliott’s gain… all over again. For the second time in three weeks, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was decided by pit road. Elliott benefitted from a Harvick penalty to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday (Oct. 21) at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was in a strong position to …

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