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Matt Kenseth Marks All-Star Return With Pole

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NASCAR’s All-Star Race is quite a spectacle. Even the qualifying session adds excitement with a pit stop in the middle of a three-lap run.  Some teams tried changing left-side tires first, and it was a bit faster, there was no pit road speed limit but penalties were handed out for mistakes like loose lugnuts. Oh, …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Can Win the Open?


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What kind of race will the All-Star Race be? The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that NASCAR will experiment with holding a restrictor plate race outside of Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The restrictor plate has always been a very controversial subject. NASCAR …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Kevin Harvick Does it Again in Kansas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we discuss the wild weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway that saw Kevin Harvick pick up his fifth victory of the season, with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanazareti. The trio examines Harvick’s historic run through the opening 12 races as he’s the first driver since Jeff Gordon in …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Dust In The Wind

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season is basically halfway over, as Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway was the 12th of 26 races before the playoffs. At any rate, the 2018 season is one-third complete, with the score by manufacturers sitting at Ford 7, Toyota 4, Chevy 1. Just before the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth’s Return or Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Rise?

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Matt Kenseth’s first race back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series did not go quite as planned, despite the fanfare that surrounded the veteran racer being reunited with his new old team, Roush Fenway Racing. Instead, the No. 6 crew struggled with the car all night at Kansas Speedway on Saturday (May 12).  Kenseth …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 KC Masterpiece 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For a small team, finishing in the top 10 at Talladega Superspeedway is a great showing, but such performance is a lot more likely at a restrictor-plate track than at an intermediate, where aerodynamics rule the day and speed comes with a premium price tag. For a struggling …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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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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(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

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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