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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After New Hampshire

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The visit to the land of Patriots, chowder and words ending with the “ah” sound has been a midsummer occurrence since 1993. Of late, the track has even gone so far as to have the winner hold a massive live lobster …

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Pocono Raceway’s Brandon Igdalsky Takes Leadership Role With NASCAR

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Brandon Igdalsky, longtime president and CEO of Pocono Raceway, is joining NASCAR as the organization’s new managing director of event marketing. Igdalsky moves to NASCAR after taking the helm at Pocono Raceway in August 2011, replacing his grandfather, the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli. He will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kentucky

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ventured back into the land of bluegrass, basketball and fast horses. However, it was a different kind of horsepower on display Saturday night and it appeared as though most of it belonged to Martin Truex Jr. Truex was dominant yet again, trouncing the field en route to his third …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Daytona

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Fourth of July weekend means one thing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: a return to the beaches and high banks of Daytona. Freedom, fireworks and star-spangled race cars highlight the traditional midpoint of the season. As the final restrictor plate race before the playoffs begin, many teams looked to the Coke Zero 400 as …

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Chase Elliott Signs Contract Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

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Chase Elliott has agreed to a new contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports. The new deal will keep him with the only organization he has driven for during his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career through 2022. Elliott’s previous contract was good until the end of 2018. “It means the world to me to be a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Michigan

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its first stop in the Motor City this weekend. Well, close to it anyways. You could consider it Detroit’s backyard, sideyard, neighbor, etc. Geography lesson aside, we’ll just call it the track where all the manufacturers go to see their brand in Victory Lane. This time, Chevrolet walked …

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Kyle Busch Captures Michigan NASCAR XFINITY Series Pole

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Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team may have struggled this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But on the NASCAR XFINITY Series side? They’re still as fast as ever. Busch picked up his 60th career XFINITY pole Saturday morning. His Toyota Camry posted a lap of 193.564 mph, earning him the top …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Pocono

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series climbed into the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania for this weekend’s visit to the 2.5-mile triangle shaped Pocono Raceway. The Tricky Triangle presents a unique challenge, which leads to very few drivers getting their breakthrough win there. In fact, since the series began racing at Pocono in 1974, only three …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Dover

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(Photo: John K Harrelson / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its first visit of the year to the Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Historically, leading a lot of laps at Dover lends itself to victory. In fact, it isn’t unusual to see a driver lead anywhere from half to three-quarters of the race en route to the win. …

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General Manager Doug Duchardt Leaving Hendrick Motorsports

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Doug Duchardt, general manager at Hendrick Motorsports, will leave the team, the organization announced Tuesday. Duchardt will remain in his role through the end of June. He joined HMS in 2005 as the vice president of development. He oversaw the design, engineering and production of the team’s racecars. In July 2013, he moved to a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual 600 mile marathon. Historically, the Coca-Cola 600 seems to generate first time winners a bit more often than most other events. From Jeff Gordon to Matt Kenseth, from Bobby Labonte to Casey Mears, more than a few drivers …

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