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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Breaks Script and Wins an Intermediate Race in 2017

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(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Who’s in the headline – For the first time, in what has seemed to be the history of racing, a Ford passed a Toyota on track with pure speed. That is fake news, but it has seemed that way for much of the season. On Sunday, Kevin Harvick chased down Martin Truex Jr and passed him …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: AAA Texas 500 Preview

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas 500. This race marks the second event of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Here are eight drivers to keep an eye …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Elimination and Advancement Edition

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Maybe Sunday’s race at Kansas is an example of why NASCAR shifted its schedule to make this an elimination race. The normally snoozish 1.5-miler at least had the added drama of seeing drivers eliminated, or advancing, into the final eight of the playoff rounds. Unfortunately, NASCAR can’t do this at all of its 1.5-milers, but …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Hollywood Casino 400

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Chris Buescher hasn’t had a memorable season. The second-year driver followed up a surprise victory at Pocono Raceway and playoff berth last year with a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season that has seen just three top-10 finishes and a 25th-place position in points entering this weekend. …

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Double Take: As One Plate King Retires, Another Steps Up

Brad Keselowski Restart Talladega

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/ NKP)

For a while there last Sunday (Oct. 15) at Talladega Superspeedway, it looked like Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to do it. In his final start at his best track, in front of the strongest crowd in years at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., Earnhardt dodged wreck after wreck, barely unscathed but ready for …

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Did You Notice?: When Does a NASCAR DNF Start to Matter?

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(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The way NASCAR’s damaged vehicle policy has affected drivers running at the end of races? Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway set an all-time high for DNFs in the sport’s playoff era (2004-present) as 26 drivers failed to finish. Only a dozen cars wound up on the lead lap. The rate of carnage also …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Perseveres Through Talladega Wreckfest

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Ah yes, Talladega.  A nail-biting weekend if there was ever one.  The Spring race weekend once held the nickname of “White Knuckle Weekend.”  Every race there gives you that feeling, in person or on NBC. Last weekend was huge for Talladega.  With Dale Earnhardt Jr. having his final run on the high banks, Alabama went …

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5 Points To Ponder: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short At Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

ONE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short In the end, on a day dedicated in his honor and the 17th anniversary of his late father’s last win, it was not to be for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished seventh at the end of an insane race at Talladega. “I would have loved to have won …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Amy Earnhardt Expecting First Child

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Soon, there will be another name added to the list of Dale Earnhardt Jr. nicknames: Daddy. Earnhardt and his wife Amy announced Monday afternoon via Instagram that the couple is expecting their first child, a girl. The news comes with five races remaining in Earnhardt’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and off the …

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TJ Majors to Spot for Joey Logano in 2018

Joey Logano New Hampshire Inspecition

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

TJ Majors, longtime spotter for Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is leaving the organization at season’s end with the driver of the No. 88, who is retiring after 2017. Majors will assume spotting duties for Joey Logano and the Team Penske No. 22 car next season; the …

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