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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Sonoma

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made the trek to Wine Country this weekend. The final trip to California of the 2018 season featured the usual suspects showing their strong hand again, this time on the first of three road course stops of the season. A late race pit call by crew chief Cole Pearn …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Right Turns Ahead, All Else as Usual

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Road-course racing is a lot like baseball. Things happen, eventually, but those moments of excitement are few and far between. At Sonoma Raceway this weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers took on the first of three road courses this season, and to the surprise of basically no one, Martin Truex Jr. led the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Stomps Sonoma Competition

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Who’s in the headline Martin Truex Jr. has proven he knows how to road race with wins at both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road courses on the schedule. Sunday, (June 24) he made it back-to-back thanks to a victory at Sonoma after taking the win at Watkins Glen last year. That gives him three …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Toyota/Save Mart 350

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NASCAR goes road racing for the first time this season with Sunday’s stop (June 24) at Sonoma Raceway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the green flag for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega Superspeedway in April and it will continue …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Leads Both Sonoma Practices Friday

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Stewart-Haas Racing continued showing their strong hand in Friday’s practices for Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350. Clint Bowyer, the last driver to win in the Cup series, led first practice while his SHR teammate Kurt Busch led the second session. Bowyer led the way in the 75-minute session and put his No. 14 on top …

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Up to Speed: Joey Logano is the 4th Contender

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The midway point of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has come and gone.  With its yearly NASCAR broadcast schedule drawing to a close, FOX’s analysts have kicked off their end-of-year predictions and begun to share their thoughts about who will reach the championship race this November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While nobody should be …

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4 Burning Questions: Should Iowa Host A Cup Race?

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Should Iowa Speedway be on the Cup Series calendar? Once the current track deals run out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one track NASCAR will be taking a very close look at will be the Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile track based in Newton, IA, was designed by Rusty Wallace and heavily based off …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it takes a lot (television, tracks, …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Michigan

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday for the FireKeepers 400. Though the race was cut short due to rain, we learned a lot about who’s stepping up their game in their manufacturer’s backyard. Ford put on an overwhelming performance at the front while Toyota wasn’t too far behind. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Race Until the Rain

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Whether or not their competition is ready, the Ford Fusions of Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske are still by far the class of the field in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. After a two-hour delay for the start of Sunday’s race (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway, the Fords joined all other …

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