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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch in KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway

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Matt Kenseth’s Return to Racing Last season, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Erik Jones would move from his Furniture Row Racing ride to pilot the No. 20 Toyota for the organization this season, leaving 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth looking for a place to continue racing in 2018. Despite snagging an emotional …

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4 Burning Questions: Don’t Call It a Comeback

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How will Matt Kenseth’s return go? After nearly a third of the season, Matt Kenseth is finally back in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car. The 2003 series champion returns to stock car racing with the same team he won that championship with, Roush Fenway Racing. Back when Roush was at its peak as …

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More of Matt Kenseth’s 2018 Cup Schedule Revealed

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A few more of the races Matt Kenseth will run in his return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have been unveiled. Kenseth returns to the organization for whom he won the 2003 Cup championship when he climbs into the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford Fusion at this weekend’s KC Masterpiece 400 Saturday …

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2-Headed Monster: With Matt Kenseth’s Return, What Happens To Trevor Bayne?

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Roush Fenway Racing announced a few weeks ago that veteran Matt Kenseth would split time in the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the season. This Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway, May 12th, will be Kenseth’s first in the car, marking the first time since 2014 that Bayne has not been …

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5 Points to Ponder: Return of the Matt

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ONE: Return of the Matt This weekend will see the return of a familiar face to Cup racing with a championship resume including 39 wins, 181 top-5’s, 327 top-10’s in 650 starts. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Matt Kenseth makes a welcome comeback in the number six Ford Fusion of Roush Fenway Racing at Kansas …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: First 2018 Trip to the First State

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went to Dover International Speedway this weekend as the closing act of a tripleheader of national series action, but rain dampened the mood as Kevin Harvick destroyed the field in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism as cars ticked away the laps single-file at the Monster Mile. The win …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

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Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Back in Victory Lane After a Year

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano won the race at Richmond last spring only to have the win “encumbered.” That was the last time he graced Victory Lane in a Cup race until Sunday. This time around, he was not to be denied, leading four times for a total of 70 laps, including the final …

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Friday Faceoff: Who is the Best Restrictor Plate Driver in the Field?

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Kyle Busch’s win this past weekend at Richmond Raceway made it three in a row for him and the No. 18 team. This comes on the heels of Kevin Harvick’s three wins in a row. Will we see one of these drivers, or somebody else, win three in a row this season? Wesley Coburn: If anyone, …

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Bayne of His Existence: Does Matt Kenseth’s Arrival Translate to Trevor Bayne’s Imminent Demise?

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“Were you expecting somebody else?” As Mark Martin took to the podium Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to introduce the next driver of the flagship No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, rumors ran rampant over what the actual nature of this announcement would be. Was there a shakeup coming at Roush Fenway? …

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Happiness Is: The Pits, Baku & Plans

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This week’s column is going to start with a bit of questioning regarding the management dealing with races.  Chronological order comes across as a good way to start. That means touching upon the peculiar start time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond on Saturday night. Who exactly is the brain-child that …

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