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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Unveils New NASCAR Graphics in Daytona

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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday.  For me, it’s my 10th year of keeping NASCAR’s media partners honest.  For 2018, there will be no real changes in my output, but there are a couple of minor adjustments on the website. You’ve probably noticed that the TV Listings in the tab has been replaced by Television.  …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Who’s in the headline It was double the pleasure, double the fun Sunday at Daytona. The Advance Auto Parts Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying both took place, jumpstarting the 2018 NASCAR season. When the dust settled, Hendrick Motorsports claimed its fourth Daytona 500 pole in a row. Alex Bowman put the No. 88 on top of …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Moving Previous Plate Focus to Intermediate Tracks in 2018

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled into Victory Lane twice last year at restrictor plate tracks, there was no question that Stenhouse, Ford and Roush Fenway Racing had found their hot spot again. After scoring what was the first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories of his career at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Roush Fenway Racing

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Different verse, almost the same as the last. 2017 was another year of disappointment for Roush Fenway Racing for the vast majority of the year. Were it not for the first two wins of his career for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., it would have been a third winless season for the once-dominant team. The long-in-the-tooth organization …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Breaks Script and Wins an Intermediate Race in 2017

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Who’s in the headline – For the first time, in what has seemed to be the history of racing, a Ford passed a Toyota on track with pure speed. That is fake news, but it has seemed that way for much of the season. On Sunday, Kevin Harvick chased down Martin Truex Jr and passed him …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: AAA Texas 500 Preview

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas 500. This race marks the second event of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Here are eight drivers to keep an eye …

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Round of 8 Set Amid Chaotic Kansas Cup Race

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

When the checkered flag flew over the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday evening, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field dwindled from 12 to eight drivers. Given their deficits coming into this race, many expected it would take a victory from Jamie McMurray or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to keep their championship hopes …

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5 Points To Ponder: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short At Talladega

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ONE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short In the end, on a day dedicated in his honor and the 17th anniversary of his late father’s last win, it was not to be for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished seventh at the end of an insane race at Talladega. “I would have loved to have won …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Talladega Demolition Derby Edition

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

If you were looking for a wild and crazy restrictor plate race at Talladega Superspeedway sometime Sunday afternoon/early evening, you got it. If it wasn’t quite the type of racing you were hoping for … well, you’ll just have to deal with it, just like many drivers and teams are doing. Though Talladega is no …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Alabama 500 Preview

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR game heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Alabama 500. This race marks the second event of the second round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. Position differential is the key scoring statistic on DraftKings this …

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