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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

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Following a wild opening weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved to Atlanta Motor Speedway for round two. Daytona seemed to create more questions than it answered and many in the sport looked to Sunday’s race to restore order. The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 did feature many of the usual favorites up front, …

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Tracking the Trucks: Christopher Bell Schools the Field for Atlanta Redemption

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In a Nutshell: Class was in session at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday as Christopher Bell taught the field about the power in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Bell started from the pole, led 99 of the 130 laps and won all three stages en route to his third career win. A spirited effort from Matt …

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Daytona 500 Brings NASCAR On FOX Small Ratings Increase

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Fox Sports’ coverage of the 59th Annual Daytona 500 resulted in a small overnight bump in ratings over last year’s edition, the network announced Monday. Overall, ratings are still nowhere near where they have been historically. However, the increase does provide optimism that perhaps viewership can continue the upward trend. The broadcast drew an overnight …

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Cup Stars Highlight Atlanta Truck Race Entry List

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In 2017, many NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are limited on Camping World Truck Series starts. It appears a few feel that the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is worth one of those starts. 37 trucks are on the initial entry list for Saturday’s 200 mile event. Among them, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, …

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NASCAR Reveals Changes to Race Formats in 2017

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NASCAR announced Monday (Jan. 23) in a press conference significant changes to the method in which points will be earned during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races in 2017. All points paying events will divided into segments or stages. The number of stages will vary based on the …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Jamie McMurray

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For the first 11 years of the chase era, Jamie McMurray was the bridesmaid. McMurray simply could not make the chase. No matter how many openings there were. No matter how often he won or didn’t win. Jamie Mac was always on the outside looking in. He missed the chase in almost every conceivable fashion. …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Ryan Newman

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Ryan Newman spent the early part of his NASCAR career demonstrating why his nickname Rocket Man was an appropriate moniker. But lately, it seems such descriptions aren’t as fitting as they once were. Such was the case yet again for Newman in 2016. After participating in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship each of …

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Homestead Cup Practice Round 2

Cup 2016 Charlotte Jimmie Johnson Zach Catanzareti

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Jimmie Johnson may need to win Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday if he wants to earn his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and after the second round of practice on Saturday morning, it appears he has the car to do it. Johnson paced the field, setting a fast lap …

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Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix Xfinity Race As Championship 4 Is Set

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Kyle Busch won’t be allowed to participate in any Chase events for the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017. So he figured he may as well collect as many trophies as he could this year. Busch grabbed his 10th win of the 2016 season and the 86th win of his record-breaking career in the XFINITY Series at …

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Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch Fastest In Phoenix Practice Sessions

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Martin Truex, Jr., posted the fastest time in round two of practice to lead the way for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex, a four time winner in 2016, sped around the 1-mile desert oval at an average speed of 136.358 mph, edging out Brad Keselowski for the fastest lap of the session. Jamie McMurray …

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