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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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The Headline(s): A relatively tame race ended in a chaotic final two laps, a four-wide battle for the lead and a Cup Series triumph for rookie Cole Custer, as NASCAR concluded its four-race stretch (five, including the ARCA Menards Series) over four days in the Bluegrass State. One of the wildest late-lap battles for the …

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Up to Speed: Does a Great Finish Save a Bad Race?

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For the second season in a row, Kentucky Speedway produced a thrilling finish to its annual Cup Series race.  Last year was the battle of the Busch brothers, a side by side battle between Kurt and Kyle that went all the way to the checkered flag before Kurt emerged victorious.  This year’s finish included a …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Quaker State 400

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NASCAR Cup Series teams head from the prestigious Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to one of the newest tracks on the schedule: Kentucky Speedway. It’s time to set your NASCAR DraftKings lineup for Sunday’s (July 12) Quaker State 400. After a few weeks at 2.5-mile facilities, drivers return to a cookie-cutter 1.5-mile track in the Bluegrass …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Love Wins, Fun in Indy, Chase Briscoe Chats Solid Start to 2020

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss President Trump’s untruthful tweet to Bubba Wallace from Monday morning as well as Jimmie Johnson testing positive for COVID-19 (the body of the podcast was taped prior to Wednesday’s announcement that Johnson is clear to race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway).  Meanwhile, there was racing …

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Power Rankings: Back Home Again in Rain Delay Mode Edition

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The folks at NASCAR are really quick to point out that their television partners get to pick the window that the race gets broadcast in. But maybe it’s time for the “experts” on holding a race to have a little talk with the television people. Through most of its history, NASCAR never got a race …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

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The Headline(s): Kevin Harvick notched his fourth win of the season and third Brickyard 400 victory on Sunday (July 5) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, continuing to keep pace with Denny Hamlin as the two dominate the 2020 season. Harvick also successfully defended his status as the winner at the Brickyard after taking the checkered flag …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Welcome back to the top five, Matt Kenseth. You have to go back 966 days since he last appeared there, winning at Phoenix Raceway in 2017. It was the penultimate event for Kenseth with Joe Gibbs Racing and his last full-time season in the sport. After …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Which Is Better… Indy NASCAR Oval or Road Course?

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This weekend, Indianapolis Motor Speedway stood front and center in the racing world, as NASCAR and INDYCAR had its first doubleheader weekend. The Indy NASCAR experiment also involved two different tracks. On America’s birthday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series took center stage, running the IMS road course for the first time in series history. What a …

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Trifecta: Kevin Harvick Bags 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400, Another Brickyard Win

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After running near the front for most of the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400, Kevin Harvick needed a good restart to seal the victory during an overtime restart. The veteran driver got that and more to win the crown jewel event for the third time overall and second year in a row.   Harvick pulled away …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400

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Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups set! Hopefully, they’ll result in fireworks. For just the second time since 1959, the Cup Series race held on Independence Day weekend will not be at Daytona International Speedway. Instead, it will be held at another iconic venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 airs Sunday, …

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Power Rankings: Twice as Much What Edition

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The old joke about Pocono Raceway was easy to make, “Why are the races just six weeks apart? So once you clear traffic and make it onto the interstate, you can turn around and head back for the second race!” Thankfully due to great management improvements and coordination between the track and local police over …

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Up to Speed: Can Kevin Harvick Win at Every Track?

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It took Kevin Harvick 39 tries, but he finally won at Pocono Raceway.  Harvick held off a late charge by Denny Hamlin to win the first of two Cup Series races at the triangular track in the Pennsylvania mountains this past weekend.  As a three-time winner in the 2020 season, Harvick continues to build a …

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