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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Blast From the Past

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Tradition. That’s the theme of the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway with the Bojangles Southern 500, and despite a start at 10 p.m. ET and not finishing until around 2 a.m., the full race distance was run before Hurricane Dorian could arrive. That commitment, whether in the stands or on the couch at home, deserves …

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Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Pace Cup Practices at Darlington

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The Monster Energy Cup Series drivers took to the track in a pair of practices preparing for Sunday’s (Sept. 1) Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kurt Busch led opening practice with a fast single-lap speed of 171.261 mph, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. topped the final session, going 168.845 mph. First Practice Busch was over …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Start the Dominoes

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Silly Season has finally officially kicked into gear for 2020 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as last week it was announced that Front Row Motorsports’ David Ragan would be stepping back from full-time racing at season’s end, leaving the No. 38 open, and that Matt DiBenedetto would be one-and-done in the No. 95. …

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Beside the Rising Ride: Man at the Top 2

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The Peter principle is a longtime cautionary career warning. It states that within a hierarchy, men or women will tend to rise to their level of incompetence. Thus, a hotshot entry level management new hire might do a bang-up job drawing notice and praise from his superiors. As such, he gets a promotion further up …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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It’s short track racing under the lights, the way racing is meant to be, for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. The tour heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday, Aug. 19. TV coverage will be provided by NBCSN. It wouldn’t be a race at …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Once again, Kevin Harvick showed why he’s called The Closer, getting it done when it counted to win the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the second year in a row in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This time, Harvick had enough speed …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Alex Bowman Discusses 2019 Season, Previews Playoffs, Dogs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an interesting weekend of racing at Pocono Raceway, which saw Denny Hamlin record his third victory of the season. What’s led to the recent hot streak of the No. 11 team? With three consecutive top-three finishes, is Erik Jones fighting for his ride? Did the …

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NASCAR 101: Longest Cup Streaks Without a Pole

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Entering the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski had 14 poles to his credit — by no means a deplorable number. However, it came with a caveat. In 2018, Keselowski won no poles, and his last one before then came at the second Michigan International Speedway race of the season in 2017. …

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Roush Fenway Racing Adds Acronis Sponsorship

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Roush Fenway Racing has picked up a new sponsor from cyber security company Acronis, the team announced Wednesday morning (July 24). Acronis, a global tech company with dual headquarters in Singapore and Switzerland, will be the primary sponsor both of the RFR Ford Mustangs, Ryan Newman‘s No. 6 and Ricky Stenhouse Jr‘s No. 17, in …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Rookie Driver Disappearing Act and Cleaning Up the Playoff Bubble

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ONE: Can Kevin Harvick’s Win Kickstart Stewart-Haas Racing? There’s no doubt Kevin Harvick’s Sunday victory (July 21) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway lifts a monkey off the back of Stewart-Haas Racing. After eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories in 2018, a career high, it took Harvick 20 races to win his first. If nothing …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lobster Kissin’ and Magic Mile Repeats

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This weekend’s events at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway mirrored 2018’s results, with both Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick defending their victories. In the Xfinity Series’ Roxor 200 on Saturday, July 20, Bell led all but 14 laps en route to his fifth win of the season. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Foxwoods …

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Up to Speed: Erik Jones Survives Chaotic New Hampshire Race

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Erik Jones ran one of his best races of the season on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The final results will show that Jones started fourth, placed second in the first stage and came home third, equaling his best finish of 2019. But really, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Jones had to …

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