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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Triumphs In Texas For First 2018 Win

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Who’s in the headline After three seconds and a third in the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Kyle Busch finally put it all together Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick down the stretch, Busch became the fifth MENCS winner of 2018 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Recapping the Opening 6 Weekends

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the opening six weekends of the NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, Austin Dillon kicked off the season returning the No. 3 car to Victory Lane at Daytona, before Kevin Harvick notched three more victories into the record book. The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

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Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: It’s Been a Stewart Haas Racing Year So Far

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Who’s in the headline  The first six weeks of the season are in the books and the headlines have been predominantly filled with one organization: Stewart Haas Racing. If it weren’t for a crash one-third of a lap from the finish line of the Daytona 500, the organization would have won five of the first …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Ups & Downs in the Off-Week

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Heading into the Easter weekend break, there are a number of notable items that are ripe for discussion at this point in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season: who’s hot, who’s not, the usual state of the sport hand-wringing that has become en vogue the past few (well, several) seasons, and what we can …

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Tech Talk: Justin Alexander on Air Pressures, Brake Cooling & Face Tattoos

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads this weekend to the only track on the current schedule that was on the original Cup schedule, Martinsville Speedway. After winning the Daytona 500, the No. 3 of Austin Dillon has been struggling to be a factor on the downforce racetracks of the last four races. Things, however, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 STP 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro And Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Lowe's For Pros Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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NASCAR heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for Sunday’s STP 500. The half-mile paperclip-shaped track is one of the toughest on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at a short track are much different than those at an intermediate or superspeedway. First off, it …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Clubs the Competition at Auto Club

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Who’s in the headline For the first time in 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Martin Truex Jr. won a stage other than the final one. He started on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, won both stages and the race for a clean sweep of the weekend. Truex won by more than 11 …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Auto Club 400

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NASCAR heads to Auto Club Speedway this weekend for the Auto Club 400. The two-mile track out in Fontana, Ca. marks the third and final stop on the sport’s West Coast swing. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at an intermediate track are much different than those at a superspeedway or …

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Entry List: 2018 California 300

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series closes out the “West Coast Swing” this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  40 entries make up this week’s entry list, meaning everyone will qualify for the race. Austin Dillon will return to the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing after his brother Ty Dillon was behind …

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5 Points To Ponder: Dominant Harvick Tremendous… Or Tiresome For NASCAR?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Sunday 25 February 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Jimmy John's Ford Fusion Wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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ONE: Harvick On Pace For Record-Setting Start Slaughter, rinse, repeat. For a second straight week, Kevin Harvick laid waste to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field driving a car levels above the competition. Speed, handling, restarts – you name it, Harvick had the edge. Only pit road kept him from leading 240-250 laps; if not for …

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2-Headed Monster: Are We Overdoing The Dale Earnhardt Tributes?

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Stuck In The Past In the two races this season, we’ve heard a lot about tributes to Dale Earnhardt. There was the No. 3 car of Austin Dillon winning the Daytona 500 on the 20th anniversary of Earnhardt’s triumph. There was a lucky penny glued to Dillonʻs dash, given to him by a young fan, …

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