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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Martinsville

Kyle Busch Martinsville Checkered Flag

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second visit to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Technically, Halloween was still two days away but things got plenty spooky on the half-mile ,paperclip-shaped oval in southern Virginia. There’s a good chance one could ring the doorbell at any NASCAR team’s shop this week and walk away with …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Martin Truex Jr Burnout Barry Cantrell Nkp

Martin Truex Jr. (Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Kansas Speedway this past weekend for the second chopping block of the playoffs. The goal: do whatever it takes to not be one of the bottom four drivers in the standings at the checkered flag. The playoff system currently in place leaves little room for mulligans and …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Got Screwed

2017 Daytona Trucks Zach Catanzareti Regan Smith

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

1. We won… and we finished 18th In the fall 2008 race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR ruled that Regans Smith’s pass below the solid yellow line to beat Tony Stewart to the finish was not a legal move. Stewart led the single-file field down the frontstretch and blocked Smith, leaving him nowhere else to go. …

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Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. & More Test on Charlotte Road Course

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Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams hit the twists and turns of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield road course on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The occasion was a tire test in an effort to provide data to Goodyear in preparation for next year’s Bank of America 500, which will be the first NASCAR event held on …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Talladega

2017 Talladega Ii Cup Ty Dillon Kurt Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Fall is in the air as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trekked into Alabama this weekend for its second visit to Talladega Superspeedway of 2017. On the upside, at least there weren’t any cars in the air this time around. However, Talladega still chewed ’em up and spit em out faster than you can …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

2017 Loudon Cup Martin Truex Jr. Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Throughout the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are numerous examples of a driver dominating at a certain track or type of track. What is unique about what we’ve seen at the mile-and-a-half speedways this year is that the dominant driver seemed destined for a career as an also-ran for nearly a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Dover

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Championship hopes were at stake for some of the drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this weekend. The second visit to Dover served as the initial cutoff point, after which the lowest four drivers in the standings would be eliminated. Kyle Busch charged to the front in the closing laps, postponing Chase …

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The Underdog House: Untold Stories From NASCAR Life On The Road

2017 Cup Charlotte Media Tour Zach Catanzareti Landon Cassill

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Pranks and shenanigans are always taking place for many of those on the road for the majority of the NASCAR season. Driving for an underfunded team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series may be a challenge but the little guys have plenty of fun. Case in point? Landon Cassill. Cassill was staying on …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After New Hampshire

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, Nh Usa Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion And Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Fedex Office Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second event of the 2017 playoffs. Alas, it was likely the final time that the track will host a playoff event, as the race date moves to Las Vegas next season. Regardless of your opinion of the change, it’s always tough to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Chicagoland

2017 Chicago Cup Martin Truex Jr Slimed Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

This weekend kicked off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway. 16 drivers began their pursuit of the biggest prize in stock car racing. One driver is chasing his record setting eighth crown. Five more are after title number two. The other 10 are seeking to add a cup championship to their resumes. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Richmond

2017 Richmond Ii Cup Kyle Larson Burnout Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This weekend marked the final opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to earn their shot at the playoffs. 13 drivers arrived at Richmond Raceway with a win (well, the unencumbered kind), which left three more nervously hanging on to the top 16. The final three were far enough ahead in points to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Darlington

Darlington Cup 2017 Denny Hamlin Yvonne Leonard

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series were kicking it old school this weekend for the annual visit to Darlington Raceway. The throwback celebration has been a massive hit with both fans and competitors alike since its inception three years ago. From the retro paint schemes and uniforms to the outdated attire throughout …

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