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Kurt Busch Fastest in 2nd Cup Practice at Texas

2017 Kansas II CUP Kurt Busch Barry Cantrell NKP

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Kurt Busch continued to speed through the weekend by pacing second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway. With a 28.159-second lap, Busch backed up his pole-winning speed ahead of Denny Hamlin, who on his first lap, turned his fastest lap of the session, putting his No. 11 Toyota second on the …

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Kurt Busch Posts Texas Track Record Toward 1st Pole of 2017

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On Friday, Kurt Busch was able to secure his first pole of 2017 and 22nd of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. Busch, who was eliminated from the championship playoffs in the Round of 16, was able to spoil the playoff party by knocking Denny Hamlin off top with a blistering fast lap of …

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Tech Talk: Slip Angles, Minimal Chassis Travel & Bump Stops at Texas with Tony Gibson


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Last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, the No. 41 team more than 90 percent of the race in the top 15. Unfortunately for them, the race went 505 laps and they were turned into the wall coming to the checkered flag. The end result was a 22nd-place finish, coming after another long line of poor breaks …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Goes All or Nothing on NASCAR Playoffs at Kansas

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Cutoff weekends.  I’ve never been a big fan of them, and Kansas was no exception to the rule.  After Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, I was browsing my timeline on Twitter and found this completely random tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. I still listen to Milli Vanilli sometimes. I know they wasn’t legit. But ‘girl you …

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Kurt Busch Rebounds From Early Vibration for Best Finish Since Daytona Win

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Kurt Busch started the season – and Stewart-Haas Racing’s tenure with Ford – with a bang and a victory in the Daytona 500, but since then, the season has been a bit of an up-and-down one for the No. 41 team. Fast forward to Kansas Speedway, and Busch came home with his best result since …

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Tech Talk: Chassis Travel, Rear-End Shims & Tire Test Philosophy with Tony Gibson

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The food processor that was Talladega Superspeedway chewed up and spit out more than 30 cars on Sunday. Unfortunately for Tony Gibson, his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driven by Kurt Busch was one of them and he ended up with a 25th-place finish. Heading into Kansas Speedway, it is back to trying to create …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 30: No Place Like Home


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Episode 30: No Place Like Home Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe and Zach recap the opening cutoff race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, where Chase Elliott went wrong and if anybody can stop the man they call Rowdy. We …

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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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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 29: Miles’ Mayhem

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Episode 29: Miles’ Mayhem Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe and Zach recap the second race of the opening round of the playoffs last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before looking at potential upsets of advancement this weekend at Dover International Speedway. But …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Joey Logano’s Practice Penalty Cruel & Unusual?

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This week’s race at Dover International Speedway is the first elimination day of the playoffs this year.  Heading in, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne are sitting below the cut line.  Do they stay or do they go, and if they do stay, who else goes? Amy Henderson: Dover doesn’t produce the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The Late Edition

2017 Loudon Cup Erik Jones Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Sometimes circumstances happen that are completely out of your control that prevents you from doing something you enjoy. That’s the case with the late version of this week’s column and that was the case with a few drivers during Sunday’s race at Hampshire, who would’ve much rather finished up front rather than in the back. …

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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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