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Couch Potato Tuesday: Broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. Comes to Play in Joliet

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved over to NBC Sports this past weekend for the rest of the 2018 season.  With that move comes some changes in production coverage, philosophy and talent. But the tweak everyone cares about, more than any other this decade is the addition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the booth …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. Do in the TV Booth?

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How will NASCAR On NBC’s newest broadcaster do? On Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will follow in the footsteps of other great NASCAR drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett and turn to calling the racing action on television. Earnhardt will be the first of his name to transition to a career in …

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Did You Notice?: 10 NASCAR Winners in 10 Races? It’s Possible


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Did You Notice? … The fab foursome of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were at it again? Sonoma saw them 1-2-3-4 for most of the race; they would have finished that way if not for late-race pit stops designed to try and win. In the end, they’ve won 14 of 16 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Dale Jr. Cavalry Comes to NBC


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After the generalized exhaustion of my last two weeks (five days at racetracks, two Saturdays of commutes from one track to another, etc.) we’re going to do something a little different in this space.  Don’t worry; we’ll still critique Sunday’s Pocono 400 later this week.  But the fact I was at the race covering it, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In


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Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Fared Better, Kyle Busch or Hendrick Motorsports?

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How Did Hendrick Do in Comparison to Kyle Busch? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It has been ten years since Hendrick Motorsports released Kyle Busch and signed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to replace him. Both HMS and Busch have seen a lot of success since the move, but who got the better of it? Rowdy Unleashed Busch is by far the winner of that deal. He made out like a …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Davey Allison Belong in the Hall Of Fame?

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The Hall of Fame isn’t “Win and you’re in” Voting recently opened for fans to cast their ballots for which drivers they feel deserve to be enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 will join their peers next January but, in my opinion, there is one driver that shouldn’t be among …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Longest Streaks Between Cup Wins

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Clint Bowyer‘s 190-race winless streak was nothing to shake a stick at. At the time, it was the second-longest losing run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers who had won previously, bested (or, uh, whatever the negative-connotation version of that word is) by Paul Menard, whose streak out of Victory Lane …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things We Know After Daytona

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1. Aric Almirola is an excellent plate racer This fact isn’t news to those who have been paying attention to the new driver of the No. 10. But for so many, Daytona was the first time Almirola made an appearance on the radar. Remember, Almirola’s only Cup win to date came at Daytona in 2014. …

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