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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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20 Years After Dale Earnhardt Sr., Austin Dillon Wins 2018 Daytona 500

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“20 years of effort. 20 years of trying.” Indeed, 20 years after Dale Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 win, owner Richard Childress and grandson Austin Dillon made history once again in the No. 3 car. Dillon surged into the lead on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway, turning Aric Almirola on the backstretch to surge into …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline The clash on Sunday last week had the world abuzz with how uneventful the racing would be at Daytona for the 500. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the drivers. 24 lead changes, seven caution flags for on-track incidents, 14 leaders and the three winningest car numbers in the sport on the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Daytona 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Alex Bowman will lead the field at Daytona for the 500(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daily fantasy NASCAR is back, which is a great reminder that spring is right around the corner. If you live up north like me, the Daytona 500 will shine a bright light on the weekend and help you forget about the foot-and-a-half of snow on the front lawn. The front row was set last Sunday …

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Frontstretch Podcast: A Fresh Season to Come

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series 2018 Nascar Media Tour Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, Nc Usa Tuesday 23 January 2018 Kurt Busch World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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In the first episode of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2018, we discuss all the changes — or lack of which — for the 2018 NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Davey Segal. In the last two months and change, the sport has been on the sidelines as the drivers, teams and media “enjoy” …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Richard Petty Motorsports

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Friday 12 May 2017 Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports, Smithfield Ford Fusion World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

Aric Almirola (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Richard Petty Motorsports entered 2017 at a spot fairly close to rock bottom. The 2016 season was a complete disaster. After ditching Roush Fenway Racing’s chassis shop and electing to build their own, the team looked off the pace for most of the year and only netted one top-five and two top 10s between its …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

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Think Small With just one race to go in 2017, it’s been a mixed bag of a season for the sport’s smaller teams.  Furniture Row Racing has set the gold standard for them. It’s taken a one-car, outsider organization to the top echelon of NASCAR’s elite teams within five years. That’s a model others can …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead-Miami Edition

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Who’s hot in NASCAR this week? How about NASCAR itself. As the final laps wound down in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix late Sunday afternoon, the drama heated up. There were all kinds of scenarios in play to determine just which driver would be the last to race for the title …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Revenge a Thing of the Past?

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With Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on wins and Martin Truex Jr. on points, just one spot is up for grabs at Phoenix International Raceway.  Brad Keselowski has a substantial 19-point cushion, but will he make the cut, or will Denny …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Will Fare Better in 2018: Aric Almirola or Darrell Wallace Jr?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Friday 12 May 2017 Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports, Smithfield Ford Fusion World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

Aric Almirola (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Aric Almirola was announced on Wednesday as the driver of the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing next season with sponsorship from Smithfield. Darrell Wallace Jr., who substituted for the injured Almirola earlier this season, was also named as the driver of the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports in late-October. The question is: Who …

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Aric Almirola Moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018

2017 Texas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

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One of the worst-kept secrets in the NASCAR garage is finally out. On Wednesday (Nov. 8), Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Aric Almirola will move to Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the No. 10 Ford in 2018.  Almirola will replace Danica Patrick, who has not announced any plans for next season as of yet. Smithfield Foods will follow …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Will Aric Almirola Bring to Stewart-Haas Racing?

2017 Kansas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

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Most of the pieces of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series puzzle have been filled. Only a handful of spots are left in order to complete the nearly 40-piece set. One of those is the No. 10 machine, which Aric Almirola will likely pilot starting next year. The current Richard Petty Motorsports driver is …

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