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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

2019 Loudon MENCS Matt DiBenedetto Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway a year ago, making it his sixth victory of 2018.  He’d go on to win twice more, at Michigan and Texas. But he hadn’t seen the winner’s circle since. That changed on Sunday, when he repeated last year’s feat, outdueling …

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NASCAR New Hampshire Notebook: Kyle Larson, Erik Jones Quell Silly Season Rumors

2019 Loudon MENCS Kyle Larson Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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With 2019 NASCAR Silly Season in full effect, rumors heated up along with hot temperatures entering the weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But for now, all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series off-track news revolved around drivers insisting they’re sticking with their current teams for 2020. Instead, by the end of Saturday (July 20), it …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Feels Like the First Time 

Justin Haley poses with his trophy after winning the summer NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona, July 2019. Photo: NKP

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Rather unexpectedly, NASCAR’s top three touring divisions have welcomed some first-time winning drivers and teams lately.  On Thursday night (July 11) at Kentucky Speedway, Tyler Ankrum drove his David Gilliland-owned Toyota to victory, a first for both the rookie driver and the team. It was only Ankrum’s 12th start in the Truck Series, as he …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400

2019 Daytona I CUP Erik Jones NKP

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Fireworks are sure to be on display in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night (July 6). This may be the second trip to the track this year, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will use a different package than at the season opener. This rules package, used at …

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Massie’s Minute: Did Winning Save Alex Bowman’s Career?

2019 Chicagoland MENCS Alex Bowman Victory Celebration NKP

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Winning at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday night (June 30) was huge for Alex Bowman in that it gave him his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, qualified him for next year’s All-Star Race and locked him into the 2019 playoffs. But the win might’ve had long-term implications as well. Having a long career in …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Josh Williams Trusting the Process At DGM, Believes He Can Win Daytona

NASCAR Xfinity Series

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an awesome weekend of racing at Chicagoland Speedway, where Alex Bowman won his first race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in a late-race battle with Kyle Larson. Hendrick Motorsports showed at Chicago, with both Jimmie Johnson and William Byron also being in contention …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Camping World 400 Edition

2019 Chicagoland MENCS Kyle Busch Car NKP

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After finishing second three times in 2019 and having to wait out a three-hour delay due to a monsoon invading Chicagoland Speedway after lap 11, there was no denying Alex Bowman as the Tuscon, Arizona, native passed Kyle Larson in the closing laps to score his first career win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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5 Points To Ponder: 2019 NASCAR Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Digs New Low

#41: Daniel Suarez, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation and #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

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ONE: Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Through. Will It Last? Alex Bowman wasn’t the only one celebrating from the Hendrick Motorsports camp at Chicagoland Speedway. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet scored his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday (June 30), but he was one of four HMS drivers to finish inside the top …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Midwestern Mayhem

2019 Chicagoland MENCS Alex Bowman Victory Celebration NKP

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Joliet, Illinois this weekend, which houses a track calling itself Chicagoland Speedway, despite being about 45 minutes to an hour from downtown Chicago. The start of the Camping World 400 was delayed for several hours due to rain, and high winds blew the covers off several cars, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Camping World 400

2019 Chicagoland MENCS Alex Bowman Victory Celebration NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Hard to get more obvious than this one. After finishing in every possible final position in a NASCAR Cup Series race from second through 43rd prior to this weekend (yes, he raced in the top series when 43-car fields were allowed and actually had that many …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland

2019 Chicagoland MENCS Alex Bowman Victory Lane NKP

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The Headline(s): After getting passed by Kyle Larson on lap 256 and appearing destined for another crushing runner-up finish, Alex Bowman regrouped clear of lapped traffic, built a killer run and got around Larson in turn 4 on lap 262, driving away to his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory after a three-plus …

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