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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 YellaWood 500 at Talladega

2020 Talladega II CUP DEnny Hamlin team celebrates NKP

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What happened?  Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after three overtime restarts and a controversial last-lap pass.  Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, William Byron and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five after Matt DiBenedetto (originally second) and Chris Buescher (originally eighth) were penalized for their final moves coming through turns …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 YellaWood 500

2020 Talladega II CUP Brendan Gaughan NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin made a hang-at-the-back and avoid trouble strategy work on Sunday (Oct. 4), winning at Talladega Superspeedway with a last-lap pass. That’s after staying out of the fray for much of the day and working his way into position through multiple final shootouts. A bad …

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Denny Hamlin Claims Controversial Talladega Superspeedway Win

2020 Talladega II Denny Hamlin burnout NKP

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After four-plus hours of NASCAR Cup Series racing, more than 58 lead changes, and two red flags, Denny Hamlin emerged with a controversial victory in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (Oct. 4).  With the race having already gone into overtime, William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto made contact while racing for the lead. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Could Be the Main Cause for Better Performance After Elimination from Playoffs?

2020 Bristol NCS Matt DiBenedetto Racing NKP

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Have you ever noticed that many drivers who do not make the playoffs or are eliminated in the playoffs start performing better later in the season when it may not matter as much? That is definitely the case with several drivers, and it’s not just this season. This has been the case for the last …

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Power Rankings: Luck of the Vegas Native Edition

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kevin Harvick Championship NKP

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In Las Vegas, some times it’s better to be lucky than good at the games of chance. On Sunday night (Sept. 27), Kurt Busch hit the jackpot when a caution flew during a cycle of green flag pit stops. That timely caution helped one of Vegas’ own win, but it was an impressive finish that …

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5 Points to Ponder: Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent

2020 Las Vegas NCS Matt DiBenedetto Face NKP

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The Wildest Card Talladega is the dictionary definition of a wild-card stock car race — just look how many drivers got their first win there. So for those wheelmen currently on the wrong side of the cut line, this weekend offers the best possible chance at booking a spot in the final eight with a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 South Point 400

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kurt Busch Victory Celebration NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kurt Busch’s out-of-nowhere hometown win came as he used every advantage presented to him by a caution that fell at just the right time. He snagged the South Point 400’s checkered flag for his first win of the year and secured a berth in the next …

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Matt DiBenedetto a Bridesmaid Again, Settles for 2nd at Las Vegas

2020 Las Vegas NCS Matt DiBenedetto Car NKP

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Matt DiBenedetto flexed his muscles Sunday night (Sept. 29) in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 29-year-old came up just short of his first NASCAR Cup Series career win, finishing second at the 1.5-mile track. He was close… but no cigar. DiBenedetto had a shot, restarting alongside winner Kurt Busch three …

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Kurt Busch Gets Lucky in Las Vegas, Wins the South Point 400

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kurt Busch Victory Lane NKP

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In his last trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Cup Series retirement and transition to INDYCAR, Jimmie Johnson hoped for a solid run in the 2020 South Point 400 to close it out. Little did he know, the seven-time NASCAR champion would become the pivotal crux that determined the outcome of Sunday’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 South Point 400

2020MichiganNCSBradKeselowskiCarNKP

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Four down, 12 drivers remain in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs! Who will secure their spot into the Round of 8, and in turn help you cash your FanDuel contests? Read on to see my picks for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Round of 12 consists of three very different tracks, starting with the 1.5-mile …

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