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Power Rankings: Double the Fun Edition

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The week’s Power Rankings is almost guaranteed to get at least one “OK Boomer” comment, but I can’t help it that I have been around for so long. The Wrigley Chewing Gum company should sponsor Kevin Harvick, because he doubled his pleasure and doubled his fun last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. In the process, …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth, Erik Jones & the Cost of Driver Development

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Back in the summer of 2017, change was afoot at Joe Gibbs Racing.  During Kentucky Speedway’s race weekend, Matt Kenseth publicly announced that he would not be returning to the No. 20 Toyota in 2018.  Several days later, JGR confirmed that Erik Jones would move over from Furniture Row Racing to replace him. The impending …

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Seeing Red: Kevin Harvick Dominates For Michigan Sweep

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In the middle of the 1980s, drivers in NASCAR’s top division had a hard time stopping the red-colored Ford of Bill Elliott at Michigan International Speedway when he won six out of eight races.  History may as well be repeating itself these days. Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at MIS to sweep both …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the FireKeepers Casino 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick had the strongest car all race long and shot around Brad Keselowski in overtime to win his third race out of the past four at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 8. After several restarts due to incidents, Harvick finally was passed late in the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 FireKeepers Casino 400

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After clawing for lobsters up in New Hampshire, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan for a double dose of DraftKings contests. The FireKeepers Casino 400 airs Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. ET, while the Consumers Energy 400 is the following day at 4:30 p.m. ET. Both will air on …

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Joey Logano Starting from Pole in 1st of 2 Michigan Cup Races

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Joey Logano has been named the pole-sitter for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. In 22 career starts at the 2-mile track in Brooklyn, Mich., Logano has three wins, six top fives and 15 top 10s. He won the first Cup race there last year. Starting second will be Denny Hamlin. Hamlin …

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Power Rankings: Dedication to Bob Bahre Edition

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Despite a ho-hum finish, NASCAR’s Cup division put on a great race at the Magic Mile to properly honor the late great Bob Bahre. The selective painting of the traction compound seemed to do the job, allowing drivers to run all over the racetrack. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings after the 301-lap …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Michigan Stats & the Drivers Who Own Them

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There are a lot of ways to break down a race weekend afterward. Traditional statistics, loop data and subjective analysis all come into play. But those are also things that are important to look at entering a race weekend. It gives fans an idea of who might perform well when you couple the numbers with …

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Up to Speed: What is William Byron’s NASCAR Ceiling?

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William Byron is back in familiar territory.  One year ago, 20 races into the regular season, he was 12th in overall points and fighting to solidify a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Holding a 61-point advantage over the cutline leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Byron continued his rebound from a rough start to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Can Challenge Denny Hamlin & Kevin Harvick in 2020?

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Thus far, it’s clear that Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the top two contenders for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship. However, we have seen flashes of brilliance from several other drivers throughout the opening 19 races of the season. Some of these drivers come from Team Penske. All of its drivers have shown …

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Power Rankings: Racing Gods Have Spoken Edition

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The Racing Gods sure have a wicked sense of timing. Last week, the racing community lost a great racing promoter in Bob Bahre. This week, NASCAR heads to the track that he was responsible for making happen. Mr. Bahre was so important to New England racing in general and to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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When I was a NASCAR reporter for SI.com, I used to do a midseason segment called “The Bowlesy Awards” that evaluated the NASCAR Cup Series from time to time. We’re bringing them back here in 2020, with a little refresh, as NASCAR midseason awards while taking a closer look at where the sport stands five …

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