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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Alabama 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On a day where many playoff drivers found Talladega Superspeedway trouble, only four of 12 championship-eligible drivers finished the 500-mile wreckfest. There was a golden opportunity for someone outside the postseason like Dale Earnhardt Jr. to steal the victory. But in the end, Brad Keselowski fought off the Earnhardt nostalgia …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Late Pass Gives Kyle Busch Victory Over Chase Elliott at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – We’ve seen it happen multiple times at Dover International Speedway as the No. 48 team makes a late-race charge to lead a handful of laps and win the race. It wasn’t the No. 48 car Sunday, but it was the No. 18 team. Kyle Busch dropped like a stone in …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Sluggish Start to the NASCAR Playoffs — Why?

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ONE: Sluggish Start to NASCAR’s 10-Race Playoff It’s fair to say for NASCAR that it hasn’t been the compelling start to the 2017 playoffs the powers that be at Daytona Beach, Fla.,  would have wanted. We’ve had two poor races with limited-to-no excitement. There hasn’t been a great deal of passing, not really any it seems …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sneaks by With New Hampshire Win

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Who’s In The Headline After events conspired against him at Chicagoland Speedway, the stars aligned for Kyle Busch in Loudon to allow him to win his 41st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He was in second place at the mid-point of the race when Kevin Harvick spun and ended up sideways in the middle …

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Joey Logano Blasts NASCAR, Calls Pit Road Hold a Joke

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During Saturday’s final practice session, Joey Logano was ineligible to participate after the No. 22 Ford couldn’t pass pre-qualifying inspection. The Team Penske operation tried and failed four times on Friday, meaning Logano will start shotgun on the field. That meant the two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner was forced to sit in his No. 22 car …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Leading Laps Edition

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs is here starting this week at Chicagoland Speedway. But the playoffs for some were this past Saturday night in Richmond. None of on the outside of the playoff picture were able to photobomb that picture and steal a little attention to those already in at the start of the night. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Survives Smoke, Safety Vehicles & Overtime to Win Richmond

Who’s in the headline – It had to happen eventually. Kyle Larson is too good of a racecar driver to only win on two-mile racetracks. Richmond Raceway is a track that will highlight a drivers ability more than most any other one, so it would make sense that someone with Larson’s talent would shine there. In …

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Joey Logano’s Quest for First NASCAR Title Postponed Another Year

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2017 2017 was supposed to be the year of Joey Logano. I admit, he was my championship pick prior to the season kicking off at Daytona in February. Coming off a year in which he had three victories and finished runner-up in the championship standings to Jimmie Johnson, Logano was supposed to shine this season. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The Federated Auto Parts 400

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? After a terrible qualifying day for Richard Childress Racing, where all three Chevrolets didn’t make it out of the first round, the organization wasn’t expected to perform well during the race. But in spite of only having an average running position of 14th throughout the night and an early …

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Up to Speed: An Ambulance of Infamy

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There are certain NASCAR races that will forever live in infamy. While there is no shortage of races in which the competitors were responsible for the controversy, NASCAR and its partners have, from time-to-time, caused confusion among the fan base for poor officiating and ill preparedness. Nobody will soon forget the tire debacle during the …

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