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Pace Laps: Tony Stewart’s Solid Return, Four-Wide and Fast for Brittany Force and Ford Looking for XFINITY Series Magic

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400

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Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart Solid in Sprint Cup Return – Though there was literal smoke for the driver nicknamed “Smoke” at one point during Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Starting 18th after Sprint Cup qualifying was rained out on Friday, Tony Stewart was a consistent character inside the top 25 as he battled the likes …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Toyota Owners 400

2016 Texas I Nxs Cars On Pit Road Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Friday Faceoff: Do Fans Belong in the Garage?

2016 Bristol I Cup Kytle Bsuch Crash Damage John Harrelson Nkp

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A fan was injured after being struck by Kyle Busch’s car when Busch pulled into the garage with terminal damage at Bristol.  The fan placed the blame on Busch, but was it the driver’s fault?  And could the incident spell the end to some of the access fans have enjoyed? Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: This …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Impresses at Bristol, Fuel Strategy Dominates IndyCar Series Race at Long Beach and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

2016 Bristol I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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Sprint Cup: Sensational Sixth for DiBenedetto –  Is Bristol Motor Speedway becoming the new place for the underdogs? It might be more so than Daytona and Talladega as Bristol once again opened the curtain for the behind-the-scenes characters to shine on Sunday afternoon. One of the unusual suspects near the front of the field was Matt DiBenedetto. …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Food City 500

2016 Texas I Cup Trevor Bayne Joey Logano Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Pace Laps: Tough Luck for Martin Truex, Jr. at Texas, Timmy Solomito Wins in Whelen Modified Tour Opener and XFINITY Series Short Tracks

2016 Cup Texas Martin Truex Jr. Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Sprint Cup: Everything’s Tougher in Texas for Truex, Jr. –  Several moments throughout the 500-miler Saturday night made it seem like Martin Truex, Jr. was nearly untouchable out front. With the exception of Carl Edwards, who later suffered a loose wheel and fell off the lead lap, Truex was the only driver to be able to …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Duck Commander 500

2016 Fontana Cup Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Underdogs Excelling, Truck Series Madness and Formula 1 Shockers

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Sprint Cup: Underdogs Perform at the Paper Clip – From the drop of the flag to begin practice at Martinsville Speedway Friday, there were surprises near the front of the field. Fortunately for NASCAR and the underdog teams, the early pace bled into both qualifying and the race as it was an entertaining show full …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the STP 500

2015 Martinsville I Cup Pack Racing Vii Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Martinsville Surprise?

2016 Las Vegas Cup Clint Bowyer Jamie Mcmurray Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came out this week saying that he is going to donate his brain after he dies for scientists to study it. What implications could this have on the future of safety in racing if they were to find anything different in his brain?  Mark Howell, Senior Writer: CTE has been too long …

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Friday Faceoff: Good Races or Good Finishes?

2016 Phoenix I Cup Kasey Kahne Ryan Blaney Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After Martin Truex, Jr. said that his team would communicate with suspended crew chief Cole Pearn via FaceTime at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR announced it’s looking for way to limit communication with suspended crew members.  Is this something that needs to be done, or is remote communication enough of a hindrance on its own? Mark Howell, …

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