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Pace Laps: Harvick’s Speeding Issues, Kyle Busch Dominates XFINITY and Christopher Bell Sends a Message

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kevin Harvick was literally too fast for Atlanta Motor Speedway – Leading 293 of 325 laps, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick looked to be home free in his second race with Ford. Lightning-fast pit stops, the top spot on every restart and playoff points in both stages. It sure was a perfect day …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Predictions

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Welcome to our 10th year of 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 our staff?  Leave your …

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Friday Face-off: What Was to Blame for Daytona Carnage?

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This year’s Daytona 500 saw 15 drivers fail to finish due to wrecks. Is that the result of plate racing, the segments, simply coincidence or… what? Is the damage clock the right length or do you think that was also the culprit? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: In the 500, it was plate racing more than …

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Pace Laps: Small Teams Benefit in Daytona, Montoya Has Fun

Elliott Leads Daytona 500

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Ones Open Opportunity for NASCAR’s Small Teams If your Daytona 500 top-10 predictions were correct, after Sunday you may have a few new friends next time you go gambling in Las Vegas — or when you make a DraftKings team. While veteran Kurt Busch grabbed an epic last-lap victory for the first …

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Friday Faceoff: Do NASCAR’s New Rules Go Too Far?

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NASCAR implemented some new penalties for 2017, including immediate consequences for some infractions. Kyle Larson was parked during the Advance Auto Parts Clash for having too many men over the wall making repairs to his car, one of the new provisions.  Are the new, stiffer penalties a good deterrent to breaking the rules, or do …

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2-Headed Monster: Daytona & Stages — Yea or Nay

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The Daytona 500 should definitely be a race run without segments. But not the only one. NASCAR is a sport built on tradition, heritage and sticking to its roots. In light of all the changes for this upcoming season, be it Monster Energy, the new lower downforce package, competition enhancements, drivers retiring/stepping away, etc., that can …

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Pace Laps: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return, Sebring Testing, Austin Theriault Wins and Florida Speedweeks

The Busch Clash at Daytona 2017 Photo: Nigel Kiinrade/Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Welcome back, Junior – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is officially back. The weekend at Daytona International Speedway saw the two-time Daytona 500 champion have some fun again – so much, in fact, that he looked to actually be enjoying a rain delay for once on Saturday night. While trading stories with Jeff …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s on NASCAR’s Horizon?

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NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the new entitlement sponsor in its premier series, replacing Sprint.  Will Monster be a good fit for the series moving forward? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Based on Monster’s (pardon the pun) track record in motorsports, the affiliation with NASCAR’s premier series will be a successful one. Based on sight of …

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Pace Laps: Larson’s Last Stand, Suarez’s Historical Run, The Future Of GMS

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Sprint Cup: Kyle Larson’s Race That Won’t Be Remembered – It was all happening behind Kyle Larson. The cameras, the eye balls, the tension – all of it centered around the Championship 4 drivers, who fought tooth and nail for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series championship. While the title drivers of Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Ford EcoBoost 400 And Cup Title Staff Predictions

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Welcome to our ninth year of 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 in the Ford EcoBoost 400! Think you can …

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Friday Faceoff: Enough of a Sendoff for Smoke?

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is now a year into the caution clock rule.  Did it work as advertised, and should NASCAR consider it in the XFINITY and Cup series? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I’m not sure if it’s the best idea for the XFINITY or Cup series, but I have liked the way …

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