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Kurt Busch Credits New Bride for Recent Success, Daytona 500 Victory

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Who needs a rear-view mirror? Kurt Busch doesn’t. “I’m like, ‘Aha, I’m the old bull here,’” Busch joked. The remaining cars left in the Daytona 500 were battling for NASCAR’s top trophy, attempting to salvage every last ounce of fuel left in their gas tanks. It looked like it would be the fourth time Busch …

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Frontstretch 5: Questions To Ask for NASCAR 2017… So Far

1. Is the guard changing before our eyes? Brad Keselowski is on top of the point standings three races into 2017, and there are some other veterans in the top 10 as well: Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray have been around the track a few times. But take …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas

NASCAR headed west this weekend for a little viva Las Vegas. It’s no secret that any title fight worth the price of admission can be found in the neon glow of the Nevada desert. Martin Truex Jr. took on all challengers and delivered a knockout blow; he’s the first to win all three stages in …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Sunday Night Is Alright For Fighting

It took a while, but Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gave us the kind of finish we hoped for in what was mostly a calm day at the 1.5-mile track. Things got a little interesting at the end of each of the first two stages when Joey Logano, near the end of …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Focus Be on Pit Road or the Racetrack in Vegas?

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Will Focus Be on Pit Road or the Racetrack in Las Vegas? AJ Allmendinger officially scored negative 24 points last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. None of us enjoy seeing penalties on the forefront of weekly discussion, but it is there again. From the Camping World Truck Series to XFINITY to Cup, Atlanta kept us …

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NASCAR 101: Ford’s Won The Clash, the Daytona 500 & Race 2 — Has That Ever Happened?

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Ford has been on fire to start the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season. Joey Logano kicked the season off by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona for the Blue Oval. Then, Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 in nail-biting fashion in his first race for Ford since 2005. Most recently, new Ford driver …

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Double Take: 17 Years in the Blink of an Eye

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Seventeen years. That’s how long I’ve been a NASCAR fan. I watched a few races as late as 2000, even lived near Daytona International Speedway for a couple of years in the late 1990s, but only when I moved away did I really start to get into the sport that has grown to consume my life. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

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Following a wild opening weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved to Atlanta Motor Speedway for round two. Daytona seemed to create more questions than it answered and many in the sport looked to Sunday’s race to restore order. The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 did feature many of the usual favorites up front, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Overcomes Loose Lug Nuts, Takes Advantage of Others Speeding to Win Atlanta

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Who’s in the headline – For most of the race Sunday, it looked like Kevin Harvick would be the the whole story of the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500. Unfortunately for him, a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 311 put an end to the storybook day for the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Up to Speed: Better Finishes Ahead for Stewart-Haas Racing

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On a cloudy afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing came up empty handed when the checkered flag flew. But those clouds were not without a silver lining for the four-car organization. Just over one week ago, Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team were in the spotlight, with the 2004 series champion won the …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Drivers Who Won the First 2 Cup Races of the Season

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When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ventures to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, everyone will be chasing Kurt Busch, who leads the point standings after pulling into Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening Daytona 500. That’s not just because of early-season momentum the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing bunch undoubtedly has after …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Will Be the Regular Season Cup Series Champion?

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One race down, 35 to go in the NASCAR season. It seems like just yesterday Jimmie Johnson and Co. were tossing champagne and eating Domino’s pizza at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But that is already three months in the past; the 2017 season is underway. Kurt Busch, with that Daytona 500 victory is the first driver to lock himself …

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