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Ryan Blaney Disappointed in Daytona 500 Finish

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Entering Sunday’s Daytona 500, Ryan Blaney was among the favorites driving for Team Penske. By leading a race-high 118 laps, the No. 12 car proved to be the quickest one on track. It all looked like it was going to work out. And then… Lady Luck intervened. Over the final 80 circuits, Blaney led until …

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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline –   The Can-Am Duels at Daytona didn’t have the frenetic activity and tension as the laps wound down but there was still plenty of drama as the races unfolded. When it was all said and done, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott took the checkered flags first in the Duels and they …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Pushes Ryan Blaney to Win the First Cam-Am Duel

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Alex Bowman started the first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway on the pole, but was quickly shuffled out on the first lap. The three Team Penske cars maneuvered to the top of the field and claimed the top-three spots, with Brad Keselowski initially leading before Joey Logano took over. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Jimmie …

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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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Up to Speed: Will Rising Young NASCAR Stars Contend for the Championship?

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After a wave of 2017 retirements, a youth movement has turned into a tsunami, in position to take the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by storm.  The top division of professional stock car racing is awash with fresh talent, poised to be a major storyline as soon as this Sunday’s Daytona 500. Most of the …

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Penske Perfect: Brad Keselowski Wins Clash with Teammates in Tow

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NASCAR’s first race of the year at Daytona saw plenty of intense pack racing with drivers adjusting to 2018 ride height rules. But the ending of the non-points Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona proved near perfect for one organization: Team Penske. Brad Keselowski scored the victory, cruising out in front as teammates Ryan Blaney …

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Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, William Byron Fastest In 3 Daytona Practices

Saturday was the official start of the 2018 NASCAR season. There was one morning practice and two afternoon practice sessions, all for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Work for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash was paired with the opening on-track time for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. In the morning Clash session, the Fords of …

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Frontstretch Podcast: A Fresh Season to Come

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In the first episode of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2018, we discuss all the changes — or lack of which — for the 2018 NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Davey Segal. In the last two months and change, the sport has been on the sidelines as the drivers, teams and media “enjoy” …

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Beside the Rising Tide: All the Young Dudes

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The season hasn’t even gotten started yet and already, Kyle Busch is feeling aggrieved and voicing his displeasure (doesn’t he know doing so is the sole province of the media?) As usual, the NASCAR Media Tour itself was largely lost in an avalanche of words and predictions concerning the upcoming Super Bowl. Living here in the …

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