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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Sunday 11 March 2018 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Sweet Heat And Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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Four races into 2018 and only two winners. Though Kevin Harvick didn’t show the same dominance in Phoenix as he did in Atlanta and Las Vegas, he still managed to find Victory Lane for the third consecutive week this past Sunday. The landscape in the desert may have looked a little different, but Harvick had to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas

2018 Las Vegas Cup Kyle Larson Car Russell Labounty Nkp

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Three races into 2018, and we clearly have our first title contender. Kevin Harvick dominated for the second week in a row by leading 214 laps on Sunday, in the first of three races in the “West Coast Swing”. Once again, the veterans overtook the top 10 finishing positions. Unlike Atlanta – and the rest of …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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We are two races into 2018, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series landscape looks… confusing. Ford has the oldest chassis, yet it dominated the first intermediate track race of 2018. The young guns looked impressive at Daytona International Speedway, but at Atlanta Motor Speedway? Nowhere to be found. Kevin Harvick ran roughshod over the field, …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings after Daytona

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 18 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/peak Ford Fusion And Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Omnicraft Auto Parts Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was in Daytona this weekend for the 60th running for the Daytona 500. As the sun rose Sunday morning, it ushered in the 2018 season with one of the most anticipated Great American Races in recent memory. The field was filled with a good mix of young drivers challenging …

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The 10: Power Rankings — Daytona 500 Edition

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Denny Hamlin Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to action last weekend with an action-packed few days of practices, qualifying and racing, culminating with the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday afternoon. The best part? It’s just getting started. For the 60th time, NASCAR comes to Daytona International Speedway for the official start to the 2018 season. 40 …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Homestead

2017 Nascar Monster Cup Series, Homestead

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finished off the 2017 campaign with a stellar championship battle this weekend. The finale has become an annual trip to the part of the country better known for alligators and pastel suits. South Florida set the scene and the title contenders delivered, with each of the four making a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

2017 Phoenix Ii Cup Martin Trues Jr Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Phoenix this weekend for the penultimate race of the season. For the drivers still chasing a spot in the Championship 4, it was the last opportunity to keep their title hopes alive. The goal was simple: win and advance. Otherwise, it’ll be a long offseason reflecting on …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

Martin Truex Jr. Kansas Celebration

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series blazed a trail into the Lone Star State this weekend for another 500-mile duel. With the playoff spots dwindling, the urgency starts to ratchet up for the drivers still vying for the title. Kyle Busch locked in his spot with his win last week and Martin Truex Jr. has …

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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 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

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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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