Ryan Blaney Wins Hisense 4K TV 300 In Convincing Fashion

Ryan Blaney Takes Checkered Flag First At Charlotte For Xfinity In 2017 Mike Neff

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Ryan Blaney may have fired off a warning shot.  Not long after posting the second-fastest lap in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, Blaney won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday in convincing fashion, leading 107 of 200 laps in a caution-filled event to outduel Kevin Harvick …

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Friday Faceoff: Will a Mid-Season Crew Chief Change Help Austin Dillon?

2016 Xfinity Homestead Miami Speedway Austin Dillon Zach Catanzareti

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The latest NASCAR Hall of Fame Class was announced Wednesday (May 24) and includes Red Byron, Robert Yates, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier and Ron Hornaday Jr.  Opinions? Michael Massie: All five legends — and all of the nominees — deserve to be in the HoF. Byron and Squier should have already been in. I know …

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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts on the NASCAR Schedule

2016 Indianapolis Cup Greg Biffle Carl Edwards Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

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A playoff shakeup was needed While it may not be enough, a shakeup at the end of the season was needed. The addition of a road course and a short track are absolutely sound moves. Las Vegas?  Meh. It replaces Chicagoland, so it’s pretty much an even trade. Charlotte might not have been the best …

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The Underdog House: A Vital Indicator for NASCAR

2017 Texas I Cup Chris Buescher Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Think Small All-Star week is an interesting time to reflect on the small teams in the sport, because it’s not typically a weekend where they get much of the spotlight.  That’s okay; the race is about recent winners and it’s rare that an underdog can crack that threshold, though Chris Buescher earned his way in …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Johnson’s All-Star Impact Came After the Checkered Flag

2017 Kansas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Usually, you take what a defeated racer says after the race with a grain of salt.  He’s hot, he’s tired, he’s frustrated.  Sour grapes abound on his vocal vine. But when the frustrated words come from a seven-time champion who rarely says a negative word about anyone, let alone the NASCAR hand that feeds him, …

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Daniel Suarez Wins Monster Energy Open; Bowyer, Blaney, Elliott Transfer To All-Star Race

2017 Fontana Cup Daniel Suarez Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Competition was hot and heavy in the Monster Energy Open Saturday night, with three transfer spots on the line for the Monster Energy All-Star Race and its million-dollar prize.  Clint Bowyer won the pole, led the pack to green and romped to a win in the first stage by more than three seconds, with Ryan …

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Even After Injury, Aric Almirola Has Reason to Smile

2017 Texas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

In NASCAR, two seconds is an eternity.  Two seconds behind the leader is a distant second place.  Two seconds is the difference between a good pit stop and a slow one.  Two seconds is plenty of time to avoid a crash. Two seconds is also the amount of time that can change everything. Aric Almirola …

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Erik Jones Paces Monster Energy Open Practice

2017 Talladega I Nxs Erik Jones Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Furniture Row Racing certainly knows how to bring fast cars to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was rookie Erik Jones who took full advantage Friday in the lone practice session before Saturday’s Monster Energy Open. The freshman headlined testing in the last chance race for drivers to transfer into the headlining All-Star Race later Saturday night. Jones …

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Kyle Larson Spins, Still Tops All-Star Practice; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch Have Problems

2017 Kansas I Cup Kyle Larson Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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NASCAR introduced a different tire compound this season for its Monster Energy All-Star Race. It quickly became clear in Friday’s lone All-Star practice session that the so-called “option” tire is lightning fast. Kyle Larson, who went for a spin early on, rebounded to set the pace in the session with a lap speed of 189.274 …

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Aric Almirola Faces Lengthy Recovery; RPM Working on Plans

2016 Loudon I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

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Aric Almirola faces a long recovery after breaking a vertebra in a fiery crash last weekend at Kansas.  Almirola told members of the media that he’s been told that the typical recovery time for an injury of the type and severity that he has is eight to 12 weeks, and one thing the driver of …

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The Underdog House: The Worst in Racing Brings Out the Best in Fans

2017 Kansas I Cup Michael Mcdowell Corey Lajoie Racing Brett Moist Nkp

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Think Small Race fans don’t always agree on things like favorite drivers or the state of the sport, but they do, and always have, shown remarkable solidarity in the face of a bad situation.  There’s nothing more eerie than a silent racetrack, and it almost always signals that something really bad has happened.  When the …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Go Bowling 400 Predictions

2016 Kansas Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome to our 10th year of our NASCAR Frontstretch Cup staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate …

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