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Pace Laps: Stenhouse Jr. Cashes In, Aric Almirola Surprises And Thomas Curley Passes On

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Career Weekend for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  It’s been a long time coming. There was a time it didn’t even look possible. But Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally crossed the finish line first Sunday, capturing his first Cup victory in 158 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse started the day out front, pacing …

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Pace Laps: Parity at Richmond, Justin Allgaier Comes Up Short & 4-Wide Nationals Take Over Charlotte

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Multiple Contenders Take over Richmond -Don’t you love the races where you don’t know who’ll win? Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 had more than one driver who seemed to be unstoppable, and then they would ultimately be stopped. Leading the opening 164 laps, Matt Kenseth’s pole-winning car looked to be on rails …

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Pace Laps: Rain at Bristol on Sunday, Erik Jones Leads the Way in XFINITY

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: And then it was Monday – In a sport that halts its action at the lightest of rainfall, Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was simply doomed. Dropping buckets of water from the get-go, NASCAR wasted no time to cancel the day’s activities, pushing the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Pace Laps: Rare Off Weekend for NASCAR, Sebastian Vettel Wins in Formula 1

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series/Camping World Truck Series: NASCAR Talent Hits the Small Tracks – Finally, a weekend off so the drivers can spend their time… racing. Man, these guys don’t like to step out of the seats often. This Easter weekend featured a little new mixed with a little old for a few NASCAR …

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Pace Laps: Ryan Blaney Lets One Get Away, Erik Jones Dominates in XFINITY Series

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Monster Energy Cup Series: The Wood Brothers are Back – 1982. That was the last time a Wood Brothers Racing car led more than 100 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 35-year streak ended Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as the team’s second-year driver Ryan Blaney led the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 for 148 …

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Pace Laps: Martinsville Madness, NHRA Rookies and Fernando Alonso’s Frustration

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: It’s just how we like it – Sunday’s STP 500 somehow was able to give us every aspect, challenge, up, down and turnaround that makes Martinsville Speedway what it is. As fans sat with their hot dogs in hand, the 38-driver Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race put on a show in …

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Pace Laps: Dave Steele Killed at Desoto Speedway, Comebacks Galore in the Cup Series and Kyle Larson’s Winning Ways

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Short Tracks: Dave Steele Succumbs to Injuries at Desoto Speedway – In a reminder that there is inherent danger in all forms of racing, USAC and open wheel superstar Dave Steele passed away from injuries sustained in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. Steele was competing in a Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series race at …

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Pace Laps: Pair of Winless Streaks Snapped by Ryan Newman and Justin Allgaier in the Desert, Along with Sebring Chaos

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ryan Newman Snaps Personal and RCR Winless Streak – Ryan Newman might just be the epitome of the phrase “where did he come from” for the past ten years. In four of his last six victories, the “rocket man” led 12 or less laps on his way to victory. Three of …

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Pace Laps: Swings Galore at Las Vegas and Joey Logano’s XFINITY Dominance

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: You can say Kyle Busch put the “swing” in the West Coast Swing – After Joey Logano made contact with Kyle Busch coming to the checkered flag in Turn 4, Busch went after his former teammate on pit road, leading to punches and a bloody forehead for Busch. “There wasn’t much talking, …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s Speeding Issues, Kyle Busch Dominates XFINITY and Christopher Bell Sends a Message

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kevin Harvick was literally too fast for Atlanta Motor Speedway – Leading 293 of 325 laps, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick looked to be home free in his second race with Ford. Lightning-fast pit stops, the top spot on every restart and playoff points in both stages. It sure was a perfect day …

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Pace Laps: Small Teams Benefit in Daytona, Montoya Has Fun

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Ones Open Opportunity for NASCAR’s Small Teams If your Daytona 500 top-10 predictions were correct, after Sunday you may have a few new friends next time you go gambling in Las Vegas — or when you make a DraftKings team. While veteran Kurt Busch grabbed an epic last-lap victory for the first …

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Pace Laps: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return, Sebring Testing, Austin Theriault Wins and Florida Speedweeks

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Welcome back, Junior – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is officially back. The weekend at Daytona International Speedway saw the two-time Daytona 500 champion have some fun again – so much, in fact, that he looked to actually be enjoying a rain delay for once on Saturday night. While trading stories with Jeff …

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