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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Gets That Monkey Off His Back

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Last Lap the Sweetest for Kyle Busch – It took 1,114 laps led for Kyle Busch to turn into Victory Lane in 2017. Starting from pole for the fifth time this season, Busch led the most laps in Sunday’s Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway (74), surviving a 55-lap green-flag run to the end …

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Pace Laps: A Major Weekend at Indianapolis for Hendrick Motorsports & Eldora Madness

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kasey Kahne Happy Again – “This shows that I want to do it.” Sunday’s Brickyard 400 for Kasey Kahne was more than a victory. For a driver who hasn’t won a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in nearly three years, it was a statement. Not only is …

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Pace Laps: A Massive Weekend at New Hampshire for JGR and Josef Newgarden’s Big IndyCar Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Roller coaster of a Day for JGR – You may not find a more adventurous day for Joe Gibbs Racing all season than Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That’s because one JGR driver scored the win, another lost the trophy late, the third brought it home in a solid position and …

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Pace Laps: Fan Favorites Shine in NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar

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Cup Series: Truex Out-Performs Himself in Kentucky – Even on Martin Truex Jr.’s terms, Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 was a dream night. Leading 152 of 267 laps, Truex jumped to an almost-unheard of 16-second lead on second-place Kyle Larson as the field approached the final lap. And even after a last-second caution and a …

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Pace Laps: A Night to Remember at Daytona and William Byron’s Major Victory

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: A Night to Remember – On nearly any metric, the opening night for NASCAR on NBC in 2017 seemed to be a success. Big crowds, new camera angles, wrecks, three-wide racing, underdog teams racing for the win, an emotional evening for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR’s dedication to service men …

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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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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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Pace Laps: Another NASCAR First-Time Winner in 2017

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Pocono, 2017 Deliver Another First-Time Winner – What a popular streak for both the sport and a racetrack to be on in 2017. After Chris Buescher’s fog-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway last August, many thought a win like that would never come again. In part, they were wrong, as Ryan Blaney …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Impresses at Dover and Graham Rahal Sweeps IndyCar at Detroit

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Attrition Strikes Again in Dover Friday may have been National Doughnut Day, but Miles the Monster was apparently still hungry come Sunday. Hungry for race cars, that is. Kicking off the AAA 400 in the hottest conditions of the weekend, Dover International Speedway was a hefty challenge for first-time Monster …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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Pace Laps: When the Open Outshines the All-Star Race

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Cup Series: The Open Shines Again in All-Star Week – As three of the sport’s brightest young stars threatened to go three-wide across the start-finish in the closing laps of Saturday’s Monster Energy Open, we knew the proceeding All-Star Race had quite the act to follow. Rookie Daniel Suarez may have not been a top …

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Pace Laps: Aric Almirola’s Wreck Changes the Game, Ben Rhodes Comes up Shy of First Victory

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Almirola Crash Changed The Game – Just one week ago, Aric Almirola stood inside Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway. He’d won his second XFINITY Series race in his last three restrictor plate attempts, following that up with a fourth-place effort in the Cup race. A season-long goal of making the playoffs suddenly …

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