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NASCAR 101: The 10 Youngest First-Time Cup Winners

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When Ryan Blaney won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last Sunday at Pocono Raceway, he did so at the ripe old age of 23 years old. Which has to put him among the youngest winners ever in the series, right? …right? Well, yes, but also… not totally. I mean, look, with his win, …

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The Frontstretch 5: First-Time Winners In One Season

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Trevor Bayne, Daytona 500, Wood Brothers Racing Blaney is the second driver in the last six years to get his first win driving one of the most iconic cars in the history of the sport. The other was Trevor Bayne, who had just turned 20 years old when he capitalized on a late-race mistake by …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Clint Bowyer End Winless Drought at Home Track?

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Will Clint Bowyer End Winless Drought at Home? Bad news: Kansas Speedway lost one of its home track racers in Carl Edwards. Good news: Clint Bowyer isn’t going anywhere any time soon. They call him Kansas Clint because his hometown of Emporia, Kansas, is about 100 miles south of the speedway. The 37-year-old is known as …

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Pace Laps: Stenhouse Jr. Cashes In, Aric Almirola Surprises And Thomas Curley Passes On

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Career Weekend for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  It’s been a long time coming. There was a time it didn’t even look possible. But Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally crossed the finish line first Sunday, capturing his first Cup victory in 158 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse started the day out front, pacing …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Victory a Boost for Once Struggling Roush Organization

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. grabbed his first career victory in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. It only came after years of struggling for Stenhouse and Roush Fenway Racing. Since his rookie season in 2013, there have been only 10 career top-five finishes and only 22 top 10s, or about 15 percent of his races. RFR as …

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Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Still Lags Behind at One-Quarter Pole

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Did You Notice? … The difference a year makes for Joe Gibbs Racing? This time last year, JGR had won five of nine races and had all four drivers firmly within playoff position. This time around? The organization is 0-for-9. Of its four-driver team, only Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are in playoff position. Matt Kenseth hadn’t even led a …

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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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Up to Speed: Opportunity Knocks for Roush-Fenway Racing

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Five years ago, seven races into the 2012 season, Roush-Fenway Racing looked like the team to beat for the championship. Greg Biffle had just captured his first win of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking a 49-race winless streak and allowing him to extend his points lead. Matt Kenseth was Biffle’s closest pursuer in points …

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Keselowski, Johnson Lead Saturday Texas Practice

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A pair of former Cup Series champions, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, rose to the top of the charts Saturday during practice at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski’s Ford No. 2 team continues to be on top of its game. Sunday’s Martinsville winner led a group of Chevrolets in an uneventful 55-minute morning practice at Texas Motor …

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Daily Fantasy Forecast: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Preview

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The seventh stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit comes Sunday in Fort Worth. The green flag rolls off after 1:30 p.m. ET at Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. MENCS teams hit the track Friday at noon ET for practice and then 6:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole …

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