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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Bank of America ROVAL 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s hard enough to face playoff elimination when you make a mistake, but when it comes as payment for someone else’s mistake, it’s really hard to swallow.  For Aric Almirola, trouble kept on coming on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL that was not his doing. Instead of letting it …

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Did You Notice?: Kyle Busch Is On Pace To Make More NASCAR History?

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Did You Notice? … Kyle Busch has hit 50 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories? That number ties him for 11th all-time at just 33 years of age. So much has been made of Busch challenging Richard Petty’s record of 200 career wins when you compile his totals in all three major NASCAR series. He’s …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Richmond, Take II

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Kyle Busch captured his 50th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win by taking the checkered flag on the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night. It was the seventh win of 2018 for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He was followed by the Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in second and …

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Up to Speed: Aric Almirola Exceeding Playoff Expectations

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Two races into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, Aric Almirola’s performance is the biggest positive surprise.  After getting through a chaotic race in Las Vegas unscathed, Almirola earned a fifth-place finish Saturday night at Richmond Raceway.  That finish, coupled with a sixth-place run last week, has lifted Almirola to sixth 0n the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sweeps Up at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch has the most wins of any active driver at Richmond Raceway, but prior to this spring, it had been five years since he won a race there. He had also never won a fall race at the Virginia short-track. Not only did Busch win the spring race earlier this …

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Aric Almirola Proud of Team’s Solid Effort at Richmond

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Richmond Raceway has always been one of Aric Almirola‘s better race tracks. In Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400, his performance set him up in prime position to advance to the Round of 12. Almirola started the 400-lap race in sixth, his best starting position since the end of June at Chicagoland Speedway. During the opening …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Las Vegas II

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Autotrader Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, a championship contender arose in the form of Kevin Harvick. And when the series came back around to Vegas last weekend, another driver was feeling lucky, topping our NASCAR power rankings in the process. Brad Keselowski had zero …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Most Likely to Progress Out of the Cup Playoffs’ First Round?

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This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, which begin this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, marks the fifth time in which the series has employed an elimination-based format to help decide its champion at the end of the season. Starting in 2014, the series cooked up different rounds throughout the playoffs that eliminated …

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5 Points To Ponder: In The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs

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ONE: Should We Fast-Track The Big Three Straight To Homestead? Never in the five-year history of NASCAR’s 16-driver playoff format have we seen three wheelmen so far ahead of the pack. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. start the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff as overwhelming favorites. They won 17 of …

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Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman Top Bojangles’ Southern 500 Practices

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin dominated Darlington in 2017 with wins in both the XFINITY and Cup races. He returned to the scene of last year’s success and picked up right where he left off. Hamlin turned a lap at 172.287 mph during the opening practice to lead the entire day Friday (Aug. 31). Practice …

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4 Burning Questions: Will NASCAR Return to the Fairgrounds or Rockingham?

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Will NASCAR return to the Fairgrounds Speedway or Rockingham Speedway? Two former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tracks were in the news this week. Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville has long been one of the premier short tracks in the country, and from 1958 to 1984 hosted Cup races. Last year, in an open bid for …

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Up to Speed: Will Team Penske Catch Stewart-Haas Racing in the Playoffs?

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There is a battle brewing among the Ford teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  With the postseason just weeks away, all four Stewart-Haas Racing cars are poised to make the playoff field.  Team Penske has all three of its drivers heading for the playoffs as well.  With at least seven drives ready to …

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