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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Just Like Old Times, Kurt Busch Wins Bristol

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Who’s in the headline Kurt Busch owned Bristol at one point in time. He won five races there from 2002 through 2006, including three straight in 2003 and 2004. Since his fifth win in 2006, he didn’t have a single runner-up finish. Busch ran in the top 10 the majority of the night and made …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Getting your best finish of the year?  Good.  Getting it at your home track? Bonus.  Trevor Bayne put together a solid late-race effort, running inside the top 10 for many of the closing laps before finishing 11th, his best result of 2018. After giving up the seat of his …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pieces in NASCAR’s Silly Season Puzzle & Where They Could Fit

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1. Kurt Busch 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch won’t return to powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Each driver move creates two pieces to the puzzle, as the ride he vacates will need to be filled. In this case, it’s pretty likely that Cole Custer will take over the No. 41, so Busch …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Business as Usual

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While Michigan International Speedway presented a thrilling drag race for the win between Brett Moffitt and Johnny Sauter in the Camping World Truck Series’ Corrigan Oil 200 on Saturday, it was business as usual in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday, as Kevin Harvick cruised to the victory that rain …

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The Frontstretch 5: Most Recent 1st-Time Winners at Daytona

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1. Erik Jones, July 2018 Not everyone loves a winner, but most fans love a first-time winner.  Erik Jones was the most recent driver to visit Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, but he’s the latest in a long line of drivers to find their first wins at the World Center of Racing. What Jones …

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Entry List: Quaker State 400


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After a chaotic race at Daytona International Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for a primetime event on Saturday, July 14.  The Quaker State 400 will be the second consecutive night race for the series and the fifth of the 2018 season. 39 cars make up this weekend’s entry list, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch Top NASCAR Off Week 2 Retrospective

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Who’s in the headline The most dominant car of the season has been the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick. Harvick has five wins along with the All-Star Race this season. Kyle Busch has four race victories and is the current points leader by 75 over Harvick. Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer have two wins …

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4 Burning Questions: Should Iowa Host A Cup Race?

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Should Iowa Speedway be on the Cup Series calendar? Once the current track deals run out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one track NASCAR will be taking a very close look at will be the Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile track based in Newton, IA, was designed by Rusty Wallace and heavily based off …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth’s Return or Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Rise?

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Matt Kenseth’s first race back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series did not go quite as planned, despite the fanfare that surrounded the veteran racer being reunited with his new old team, Roush Fenway Racing. Instead, the No. 6 crew struggled with the car all night at Kansas Speedway on Saturday (May 12).  Kenseth …

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