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5 Points to Ponder: A Sluggish Start to the NASCAR Playoffs — Why?

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ONE: Sluggish Start to NASCAR’s 10-Race Playoff It’s fair to say for NASCAR that it hasn’t been the compelling start to the 2017 playoffs the powers that be at Daytona Beach, Fla.,  would have wanted. We’ve had two poor races with limited-to-no excitement. There hasn’t been a great deal of passing, not really any it seems …

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Ryan Blaney Content with Average Result at New Hampshire, Feels Good on Points

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During the three practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, Ryan Blaney looked to have one of the best cars at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. However, the ISM Connect 300 turned into an average day for The Wood Brothers. Blaney started the event fourth, his best qualifying effort since his victory at Pocono Raceway in June. …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Will Stand Out in the Cup Playoffs

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Last weekend at Richmond Raceway, NASCAR set the field for the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a lineup of drivers that consisted of 2017 race winners and three drivers who pointed their way in. All 16 drivers had a regular season that made them worthy of making the playoffs, but only one …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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5 Points to Ponder: Don’t Sleep On… Denny Hamlin?

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ONE: Don’t Sleep On…. Denny Hamlin? 24/7 news cycles these days can cause storylines to be greatly exaggerated. So it’s no surprise everyone and their mother screamed, “Don’t sleep on Denny Hamlin!” seconds after his astounding Darlington comeback. It’s true Sunday’s Southern 500 was perhaps a stepping stone in Hamlin’s career. A driver who’s at times …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Throwback Edition

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Darlington had what is becoming its annual throwback weekend with NASCAR’s Cup and XFINITY series each having a number of cars with paint schemes resembling those from the past. But no matter how enjoyable it is to take a look back in time, there is no time like the present for many drivers as there is now just …

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Did You Notice?: 12 NASCAR 2017 Storylines With 12 Races Left

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Did You Notice? … The past few days marked the last off weekend of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Starting Sunday at Darlington, we’ve got 12 races in a row which culminates with the crowning of the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. In a season filled with mixed reviews, there’s still plenty of …

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Ryan Blaney Adds Menards Sponsorship for 2018

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Menards is adding some sponsorship to its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign for 2018: Team Penske’s No. 12 and Ryan Blaney. Penske and Menards announced Wednesday (Aug. 30) that the company will adorn Blaney’s No. 12 for 14 races in 2018 while continuing its sponsorship of Paul Menard, who moves to Blaney’s old ride, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After (Most Of) The Regular Season

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How… important are stage points? Assuming Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t completely under perform at Darlington Raceway or Richmond Raceway, the No. 78 team will enter the playoffs with at least 50 total playoff points. That’s 30 more than Kyle Busch, as he had 20 playoff points. That’s going to be a huge advantage for Truex …

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