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4 Burning Questions: Is BMW Joining NASCAR?

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So is BMW coming to NASCAR? For years now, one of NASCAR’s stated goals with the next generation racecar (to be fully implemented in 2022) has been to attract new car manufacturers to the sport. This week, that desire finally seemed to be reciprocated. Better with BMW. — BMW USA (@BMWUSA) September 3, 2020 This …

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Kurt Busch Riding Consistency into Cup Playoffs

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Through the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series’ regular season, Kurt Busch defined consistency, tallying the seventh-best average finishing position (13.4) of the 16 playoff drivers. But Busch and the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team have yet to visit victory lane this season, scoring just four top-five finishes — three of which came in the opening …

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Power Rankings: Here Come the Playoffs Edition

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It’s amazing how much has changed in all the many years since I started following NASCAR as a kid back in the late 1960s and ’70s. Thankfully, the racing is much safer. Can I hear a “Hallelujah” that we get live races every week? But one curious development is that back in the day, finishing …

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Power Rankings: Dover Double Take Edition

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Can anyone explain the logic of holding a doubleheader at the Monster Mile with the second race going head-to-head with the Greatest Spectacle in Auto Racing, the Indianapolis 500? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler? The good news is that NASCAR saw fit to give the NASCAR Cup Series guys more power and less downforce at Dover …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Dover Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Denny Hamlin won the Drydene 311 at Dover on Saturday (Aug. 22) and Kevin Harvick won the Drydene 311 at Dover on Sunday (Aug. 23). Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were the only drivers to finish in the top five in both races. 🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁 RETWEET to congratulate @dennyhamlin on win No. 6 of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Go Bowling 235 at Daytona Road Course

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What happened Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling 235 on Sunday (Aug. 16) in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five finishers. Cue that si-reen! 📢 Retweet to congratulate @chaseelliott on a historic victory on …

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Power Rankings: Double the Fun Edition

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The week’s Power Rankings is almost guaranteed to get at least one “OK Boomer” comment, but I can’t help it that I have been around for so long. The Wrigley Chewing Gum company should sponsor Kevin Harvick, because he doubled his pleasure and doubled his fun last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. In the process, …

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Seeing Red: Kevin Harvick Dominates For Michigan Sweep

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In the middle of the 1980s, drivers in NASCAR’s top division had a hard time stopping the red-colored Ford of Bill Elliott at Michigan International Speedway when he won six out of eight races.  History may as well be repeating itself these days. Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at MIS to sweep both …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Double-Duty IndyCar & NASCAR Drivers

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Those who strictly follow NASCAR’s national series may not recognize RC Enerson‘s name, but those who also watch other racing disciplines — such as the NTT IndyCar Series — will. Enerson, a 23-year-old from Florida, will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Road America, piloting the No. 07 for SS-Greenlight Racing. He’s …

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Power Rankings: Dedication to Bob Bahre Edition

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Despite a ho-hum finish, NASCAR’s Cup division put on a great race at the Magic Mile to properly honor the late great Bob Bahre. The selective painting of the traction compound seemed to do the job, allowing drivers to run all over the racetrack. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings after the 301-lap …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Michigan Stats & the Drivers Who Own Them

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There are a lot of ways to break down a race weekend afterward. Traditional statistics, loop data and subjective analysis all come into play. But those are also things that are important to look at entering a race weekend. It gives fans an idea of who might perform well when you couple the numbers with …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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On Sunday, August 2, the NASCAR Cup Series will make the trip up to The Granite State for 301 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Loudon will mark the 20th event of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. The playoffs look a little different than last week at Kansas Speedway. Jimmie Johnson wrecked out, which …

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