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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kurt Busch has not had a great year. The free agent started the season off strong by winning the Daytona 500, but had only managed one other top-five finish entering the race at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend. Kurt Busch Rebounds for Top-5 Finish in 600th Start …

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Kurt Busch Rebounds for Top-5 Finish in 600th Start

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Leading up to the final stint of the Bass Pro Shops NRA 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch was a non-factor, hovering outside the top 10. However, when crew chief Tony Gibson called him to pit road, the No. 41 car jumped up on the scoring pylon. The five-time Bristol victor had a tough …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Gets Dirty to Sweep Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – We often speak of horses for courses and interestingly, Kyle Larson has established that he is the horse to ride on two-mile racetracks. For the third time in a row, he was victorious at Michigan International Speedway, although during this race, he was not nearly as dominant as he’d been …

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Did You Notice?: Even Hendrick Motorsports Navigating NASCAR’s Sponsor Challenges

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

Did You Notice? … The number of races where major NASCAR teams have needed primary sponsorship this year? A glance at several of the top programs shows that even some of the most valuable NASCAR ownership groups, according to Forbes have used either manufacturer backing or their own businesses as major sponsors. Perhaps the most notable example is Stewart-Haas …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr Slows Down Just Enough to Win Watkins Glen

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. won four races in 2016, but admitted in post-race interviews that they learned a lot more about winning during that season. He feels like they have everyone doing better jobs this year, and the result is a championship caliber team that has the most wins in the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: I Love New York 355

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DraftKings daily fantasy NASCAR is going road course racing for the second and final time this season. Green flag is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday for the I Love New York 355. Dominator points go out the window this weekend with only 90 laps in this race. The strategy for Watkins Glen will …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 21: Money Talks

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Episode 21: Money Talks Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe and Zach discuss how sponsorship will dictate silly season news, Kyle Busch’s breakthrough win at Pocono, analyzing Ryan Preece’s future and more! This week’s episode was brought to you by DraftKings, the No. 1 platform …

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Friday Faceoff: Beating Around the Busch

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NASCAR announced further restrictions on full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers running in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series in 2018.  Was this the right move for the sport, or is there a better alternative? Samarth Kanal: That’s the right move. It’d be nice to restrict Cup drivers’ appearances in the XFINITY and …

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Did You Notice?: Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 Win Distracts From Difficult Season at Stewart-Haas Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … That despite his Daytona 500 victory, Kurt Busch is having one of the more disappointing seasons of his NASCAR career? In the wake of reports Stewart-Haas Racing will decline his option for 2018,  it’s notable to stop and consider that. When Busch first signed with SHR in 2014, it took awhile to build …

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Kurt Busch’s Contract Option Not Renewed at Stewart-Haas Racing

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Silly Season just got a whole lot sillier. As first reported by Motorsport.com and NBC Sports, Kurt Busch‘s contract option with Stewart-Haas Racing will not be picked up for the 2018 season. The team, according to the reports, has until midnight on Tuesday to reverse its decision and pick up the option. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean …

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Pocono Fan Fest Success from All Sides

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Pocono Raceway held it’s first annual NASCAR Fan Fest Friday evening, with several top names in the sport coming out and interacting with the fans. From signing autographs to taking pictures and even pretending to be rap star Eminem, it was a positive experience for most folks in attendance. At the Fest, held at the Infield Block …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kasey Kahne Uses Beneficial Pit Call and Strong Restart to Capture Brickyard Victory

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Who’s in the headline – Kasey Kahne has been rumored to be out of his ride for two or three years. While the talk seems to be more intense of late, Kahne and his No. 5 team have kept their nose to the grindstone. A fortunate pit call on lap 148 in the Brickyard 400 …

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