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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second stop on the early season edition of “#NASCARGoesWest” this week. Phoenix International Raceway hosted the Camping World 500, the fourth race of 2017. While Lady Luck is known for hanging out in Las Vegas, it seems that Ryan Newman still had a bit of good fortune …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Breaks Long Winless Streak With Phoenix Victory

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Justin Allgaier landed in the Arizona desert this week in the midst of a long dry spell. However, by the time the checkered flag waved Saturday afternoon, he discovered the long-sought oasis of NASCAR XFINITY Series Victory Lane. Allgaier led 85 of the 200 laps, including the final 19, en route to winning the DC Solar 200 at …

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Joey Logano Wins Coors Light Pole Award For Camping World 500

Joey Logano spent the week answering questions about every detail regarding last Sunday’s altercation with Kyle Busch at Las Vegas. The past five days, including a meeting with NASCAR officials have been all about “the fight.” But when Coors Light Pole qualifying came around Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, it was time to let his car do …

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Jones, Blaney, Gaughan Lead Phoenix NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

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Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Brendan Gaughan were the fastest guns in the west Friday during three rounds of NASCAR XFINITY Series practice out in Arizona. The trio paced the field in preparation for Saturday’s DC Solar 200 at one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Saturday will be the first race of the 2017 XFINITY Series Dash for Cash program, a …

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Kyle Busch: ‘Everything is Great’ After Friday Meeting With Logano, NASCAR Officials

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For Kyle Busch, everything is great. That was the refrain repeated several times at Phoenix Friday afternoon after he and Joey Logano were called to the principal’s office. The purpose was to discuss the events that took place during and after Sunday’s race in Las Vegas, hoping all parties could move forward from the fracas …

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Friday Faceoff: NASCAR Surprises and Disappointments

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NASCAR did not issue any penalties to Kyle Busch, Joey Logano or the crewmen involved in Sunday’s post-race pit road brawl.  Was this the right call, or should there have been some form of punishment? Amy Henderson: There should have been penalties in the form of fines and probation for Busch and suspensions for the …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas

NASCAR headed west this weekend for a little viva Las Vegas. It’s no secret that any title fight worth the price of admission can be found in the neon glow of the Nevada desert. Martin Truex Jr. took on all challengers and delivered a knockout blow; he’s the first to win all three stages in …

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Keselowski Continues Ford Hot Streak, Claims Pole For Las Vegas Kobalt 400

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Brad Keselowski finished last week’s race at Atlanta in front of the field. Apparently, he liked the view because he’ll be there again at the green on Sunday. Keselowski won the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 with a lap of 27.881 seconds (193.680 mph) in the third round of qualifying. Martin Truex Jr. will start alongside …

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Martin Truex Jr. Paces Opening Cup Practice From Las Vegas

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Ford teams have been flexing their muscles after two races in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Toyota drivers appear ready to turn the tide at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Martin Truex Jr. appears ready to lead the resurgence. Truex Jr. paced the field, setting a fast lap of 27.907 seconds …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Letting Cheaters Prosper?

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AJ Allmendinger was hit hard with penalties from having three loose lug nuts in Atlanta, with a loss of 35 points, fines, and a three-race suspension for crew chief Randall Burnett.  Too much or in line? Frank Velat, Staff Writer: It’s spelled out very clearly what will happen when lug nut violations are discovered. Whether …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

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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