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Beyond the Cockpit: Derrike Cope Enjoying Time Back in Cup Series

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Eight years following his last appearance in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, Derrike Cope returned to the premier series of the world at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the second event of the 2017 season. Since that race at Martinsville Speedway in 2009, Cope put all of his attention toward Derrike Cope Racing, which he …

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Pace Laps: Happy Days at Sonoma, Underdog Takeover at Iowa & Scott Dixon Wins Big

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Happy Days for Stewart-Haas Racing in Sonoma – Car owner Tony Stewart called it a “perfect race” for driver Kevin Harvick, who broke a 20-race winless drought Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Expanding to his three other teams under the Stewart-Haas Racing umbrella, he called it “awesome.” Starting from the top, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Elliott Sadler Embracing Mentor Role at JR Motorsports

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In the late 1990s, early 2000s, a young, brash babyface driver named Elliott Sadler was making his way up the rankings of the NASCAR national touring division, with the goal, reaching the top and winning championships. Along the way, Sadler would often go to veteran drivers of the sport seeking advice. The likes of Mark Martin, …

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NASCAR is All in the Family For Clint Bowyer

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Flashback to October of 2012 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 165 races ago, the last time Clint Bowyer visited Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He did it by managing his fuel mileage, something he also did earlier in the season at Richmond International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway, where the series heads this …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Pulls Off Michigan Win and Lack of Funding Hurting Truck Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Larson Does it Again at Michigan- Kyle Larson proved on Friday he had the fastest car at Michigan International Raceway, putting his No. 42 team on the pole for the 400-mile event. This time, the California kid had to hold off a pack of hounds in the waning laps. Larson …

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Kyle Larson Notches Second Career Victory at Michigan

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Kyle Larson proved he had the fastest car at Michigan International Raceway Friday, winning his third career pole. Less than three days later, he backed it up, leading a race-high 96 circuits en route to his second-career victory at the speedway. Larson led the majority of the opening stage before Martin Truex Jr. captured the stage …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Wins Photo Finish Thriller Over William Byron

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In a race where strategy was key at Michigan International Speedway, it came down to the final corner of the last lap between one of NASCAR’s most experienced drivers, Denny Hamlin, and its young superstar-in-waiting, William Byron. Their XFINITY Series battle came down to a photo finish. Hamlin was dominating Stage 3 until a debris …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brendan Gaughan on 2017: ‘It’s Sucked’

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Brendan Gaughan has spent more days in NASCAR than he has ahead of him, but at 41 years old, the Las Vegas native is still ultra-competitive. This season is Gaughan’s fourth-consecutive competing for Richard Childress Racing. Through 12 events, it’s been a bit of a up-and-down roller coaster season. Coming off a sixth-place effort at …

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Brad Keselowski Falters After Being in Prime Position for Pocono Victory, Proud of Ryan Blaney

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Making it through a total of 85 (out of 800) circuits over the last two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Raceway, Brad Keselowski was in need of a strong result in Sunday’s 400-mile event at Pocono Raceway. Keselowski started from sixth position, quickly moving up to third to end the final stage, rewarded …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Brad Keselowski Comes Back Late to End Winless Streak

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In a race that had it all– strategy, accidents and last lap passes, Brad Keselowski fought from behind in the final 15 laps to end the 46-race winless streak of the No. 22 Team Penske machine. Keselowski started the event from eight, quickly making his way to the front, taking the lead from Kyle Benjamin …

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Denny Hamlin Believes Joe Gibbs Racing on the Cusp of Winning

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Thirteen races have come and gone in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Joe Gibbs Racing has yet to lock one of its four drivers into the playoffs with a victory. Searching for speed is something that the team struggled with early into the season. At this point last season, all four drivers …

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