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Friday Faceoff: Crime and Punishment, Chapters 2, 3 & 4

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1. NASCAR announced heavy penalties for Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 teams this week, including a 35-point deduction and a three-week suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe,  after the car failed post-race weights and measures at Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 4 team of Kevin Harvick also got hit with a one-race suspension for crew …

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Frontstretch 5: NASCAR By the Numbers

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Elite company Next time someone says, “(Fill in driver here) isn’t even that good — he’s only got one win,” consider this: In nearly 70 years of racing, fewer than 200 drivers have ever won in NASCAR’s top series. Out of the hundreds who have tried, just 186 have reached Victory Lane. 62 of those …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second stop on the early season edition of “#NASCARGoesWest” this week. Phoenix International Raceway hosted the Camping World 500, the fourth race of 2017. While Lady Luck is known for hanging out in Las Vegas, it seems that Ryan Newman still had a bit of good fortune …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: The Desert Fox Edition

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As has been the case in more than one NASCAR race already this season, what appeared to be the fastest car didn’t win. That reminds us once again how difficult it is to win a race, and especially how difficult it is to get the end game right when it comes to late pit stop …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Camping World 500

Who, What, When, Where, How, And Why… NASCAR’s 2017 Camping World 500 Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Erik Jones, one of the bright young stars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, had one of his best races Sunday at Phoenix in his short Cup career to date. Jones started eighth, running in the …

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Pace Laps: Pair of Winless Streaks Snapped by Ryan Newman and Justin Allgaier in the Desert, Along with Sebring Chaos

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ryan Newman Snaps Personal and RCR Winless Streak – Ryan Newman might just be the epitome of the phrase “where did he come from” for the past ten years. In four of his last six victories, the “rocket man” led 12 or less laps on his way to victory. Three of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Newman Stretches Tires to Douse Winless Drought in Phoenix

Who’s in the headline – Ryan Newman won the 2013 Brickyard 400 before he was released by Stewart-Haas Racing. He has managed several third-place finishes, but only one runner-up since. In typical Newman fashion, he stayed out on a late-race caution with old tires and managed to hold off Kyle Larson to steal the victory. …

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Up to Speed: Ryan Newman, the Veteran

In November 2000 at Phoenix International Raceway, Ryan Newman made his first start in what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  His engine expired after 176 laps, leading to a 41st-place finish.  Newman was 22 years old when he ran that race. Austin Dillon was eight years old and Kyle Larson …

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Grainger Re-ups with Richard Childress Racing and Ryan Newman

On Tuesday, Richard Childress Racing announced a multi-year contract extension with Grainger that will see the industrial supply company continue to serve as a sponsor on Ryan Newman‘s No. 31 Chevrolet.  The team’s press release does not indicate how many races that Grainger will serve as the primary sponsor this season.  However, Grainger’s first race …

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