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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Take 2 in Texas

Richard Childress and Austin Dillon together during a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in New Hampshire (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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In what seemed inevitable since the season began, Kevin Harvick officially punched his ticket into the Championship 4 with an overtime victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 on Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Harvick joins Team Penske’s Joey Logano as drivers running for the title, ensuring …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 AAA Texas 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On paper, it doesn’t look like much of a race, starting and finishing in seventh spot. In terms of the playoffs, it wasn’t. But for Kurt Busch, Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas was a good day. While Busch didn’t lead a lap (he nosed ahead of Kevin Harvick …

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Up to Speed: What Does Kurt Busch Do Now?

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During the autumn of 2018, most of the chatter surrounding Kurt Busch has been speculation about his future.  But in the present, Busch is still right in the thick of the championship battle. Busch has been quietly putting up good results during the postseason.  He nearly earned his second victory of the year at Talladega …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: AAA Texas 500

Kevin Harvick should be a good pick for Texas (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs resumes this Sunday (Nov. 4) with the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The green flag flies Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Just three total races remain for daily fantasy and the 2018 MENCS season. Here are the rules for …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest Finishes Ever

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1. NASCAR Cup Series: 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400; 0.002 seconds With five laps to go at Darlington Raceway, Darrell Waltrip said that if Ricky Craven could catch leader Kurt Busch, it would be “really, really exciting.” Truer words have never been spoken. The finish in this race was nothing short of spectacular. Craven and …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

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I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look Bump Coverage and Kurt Busch in the Booth

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Martinsville is an interesting place.  By anyone’s standards, it is not the kind of place that would normally host a major event.  It’s a small independent city of less than 15,000 people (as of the last census) that is off the beaten path.  The track itself is technically inside of a neighborhood with people living …

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2-Headed Monster: Is The Driver or The Car More Important?

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This week’s question is racing’s version of “the chicken or the egg” question: does the car matter more than the driver or does the driver make a bigger difference than the car? Motor Over Mojo There’s no doubt that both matter, but it’s clear that the machine makes a bigger contribution than the man (or …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas II

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Unlike the ROVAL in September, the elimination race for the Round of 12 at Kansas was missing the epic moments that have come to define critical races in the playoffs. The same four drivers who entered Kansas below the cutoff line were eliminated after Sunday’s race, as none of them were able to put themselves …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Wins 2nd Round of 12 Race, Round of 8 Set

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Who’s in the headline In the typical, overreaction world of 24/7 social media and sports talking heads, Chase Elliott has gone from early title dropout to championship favorite. Elliott went to Victory Lane for the second time in three races, and Elliott Nation is in a lather over the potential for him to contend for …

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