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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Blowout Problem

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … NASCAR winners aren’t just squeaking into Victory Lane — they’re rolling over their competition. Three of five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been won by 2.5 seconds or more. Martin Truex Jr. coasted to the win at Auto Club Speedway by nearly 12 seconds Sunday; only 10 …

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NASCAR 101: The West Coast Swing, Can it Predict the Future?

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

From TV to Twitter, everyone is talking about the “west coast swing.” It started in 2015, and is a three week period where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series goes to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana. This was made to give teams an option to stay out on the west coast instead of going back …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Ticket Guardian 500

Denny Hamlin should be looking forward to Phoenix (Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

NASCAR heads to ISM Raceway this weekend in Phoenix for the Ticket Guardian 500. The one-mile race track is technically a short track but races more like an intermediate circuit with its unique, dog-leg shape. With 312 scheduled laps, expect DraftKings strategy to play out like an intermediate as well. The factors that go into …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Beats the Field into Submission at Atlanta

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Who’s in the headline? While Mother Nature tried hard, she failed to win on Sunday. The race started late, but once it got rolling, it went the distance. Shocking absolutely no one, Kevin Harvick took the lead early in the race and dominated the first stage. Harvick rebounded from a pit lane malfunction to lead …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastest in Opening Atlanta Cup Practice

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fastest in opening practice of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb. 23. Stenhouse turned a lap of 29.745 seconds (186.384 mph) around the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Ga. He was seven-hundredths of a second faster than Kyle Larson, who was fastest for …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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The Black Flag Continues to Cause Controversy at Daytona

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

One of the forgotten flags of NASCAR came back with a vengeance at Speedweeks 2018. There have now been four times in the last week of racing at Daytona International Speedway where the black flag has waved to deeply hurt a strong contender. It all started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: I Feel Like I Can Be Aggressive

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

The blue and white No. 17 machine was dipping and diving around Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening. Its fresh coat of paint, though, wasn’t what made it notable during the first of two Can-Am Duels. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wanted to make it known that he is a force to be reckoned with come Sunday’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Daytona 500

Alex Bowman will lead the field at Daytona for the 500(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daily fantasy NASCAR is back, which is a great reminder that spring is right around the corner. If you live up north like me, the Daytona 500 will shine a bright light on the weekend and help you forget about the foot-and-a-half of snow on the front lawn. The front row was set last Sunday …

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