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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?

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

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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Ryan Blaney on Promoting NASCAR: ‘I’d Rather Make Others Happy Than Myself’

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Behind the wheel, Ryan Blaney has won races. But behind the camera, he’s taken a handful of roles that break out of the mold of NASCAR. Lending a spot in NBC’s second season of Taken, the third-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver also played a delivery boy in the 2017 film Logan Lucky and …

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PPG Paints to Sponsor Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney for 6 Races

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

On Friday morning, Team Penske announced that longtime partner PPG Paints would become a primary sponsor on Ryan Blaney‘s new team. PPG Paints will be the primary scheme on Blaney’s Ford Fusion in six races during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The company will serve as a full-time associate sponsor on the …

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Ryan Blaney Picks Up Two-Race Cup Sponsor For 2018

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

The 2018 sponsorship picture for Ryan Blaney’s new No. 12 Team Penske Ford Fusion is slowly coming together. The team announced Friday morning that REV Group, a manufacturer of specialized vehicles, will continue their partnership by moving up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for two races with Blaney. REV Group will serve as …

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