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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR’s Tame Pocono 400 Turns Into Terrific Finish

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – For the third time this season, we have a first-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It’s Ryan Blaney, who drove to the lead after a late-race restart with fresher tires than a dominant Kyle Busch. He then held off Kevin Harvick in a thrilling finish after Harvick closed in while Busch and …

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The Big 6: Questions After the 2017 AAA 400

2017 Dover I Cup Joey Logano Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? There were just too many laps on the scoring pylon for Ty Dillon. Grabbing and maintaining the race lead from Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson in the final quarter of Sunday’s AAA 400 from Dover International Speedway, the single-car Germain Racing team was in the conversation for a race …

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Austin Dillon Living in the Glory of First Career Win

Austin Dillon Charlotte Cup Victory Lane 2017 Fiance Yvonne Leonard

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

Prior to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon had one top-10 finish in 2017, coming at Martinsville Speedway (fifth). He had led just seven laps all season and none since February’s Daytona 500. Five days after one of NASCAR’s biggest events, it’s a whole new world for Richard Childress Racing’s top young talent. Dillon won …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Kasey Kahne’s Cup Days Numbered?

2017 Kansas I Cup Kasey Kahne Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After the Coca-Cola 600, should NASCAR consider adding an extra stage or otherwise giving more points for a few select races, such as the Daytona 500 and Southern 500, to make the sport’s most prestigious races its most important? Michael Massie: I would love stage racing to death if the breaks between stages were not …

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Did You Notice?: How Quickly Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Winners Forgotten

2016 Xfinity Homestead Miami Speedway Austin Dillon Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … By Wednesday, no one seems to care who triumphed on the greatest weekend in racing? That the biggest story from both the Indianapolis 500 and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 had nothing to do with who won? It’s not just that both races suffered through ratings declines (both were down 13 percent). Other sideshow-like …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why is RCR Winning More than JGR?

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Winning is everything. There is no trophy for second place in NASCAR. No silver medal. No celebratory champagne. Nothing. Just a runner-up finish on the stat sheet. For the second time this year, Kyle Busch came oh-so-close to Victory Lane, but finished second. This time, it was to Austin Dillon, who earned his first career …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: The Thrillin’ & Grillin’ Edition

Austin Dillon Crew Celebration Charlotte Cup 2017 Yvonne Leonard

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

The Sunday before Memorial Day is a long, yet a great day for auto racing fans. Whether it is breakfast while watching Monaco, lunch before taking in the thrilling Indy 500 or doing some grilling and then staying up late (in this case real late) to watch NASCAR’s 600-miler from Charlotte, there’s something for nearly …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud : Austin Dillon Good to the Last Drop in Coca-Cola 600

Austin Dillon Charlotte Cup Victory Lane 2017 Fiance Yvonne Leonard

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

Who’s in the headline: The Coca-Cola 600 took several different twists on Sunday evening/Monday morning. Through a crazy wreck to start the event, a rain delay for almost two hours and a dominating performance by Martin Truex Jr., it was Austin Dillon who took the No. 3 to Victory Lane for the first time in 17 …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Coca-Cola 600

2016 Pocono I Cup Austin Dillon Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It’s always special to see a driver get their very first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, but Austin Dillon‘s win in the Coca-Cola 600 was even more special than most. In his fourth season, Dillon has improved over the years, but had never broken through and gotten that …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

2017 Indianapolis Indycar Takuma Sato Joe Skibinski Indycar Media

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Blaney Comes from the Back to Win Charlotte

Ryan Blaney Xfinity Charlotte Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Starting from the rear for fixing the right side of the No. 12 car prior to the initial green flag, Ryan Blaney raced his way up to fourth in the opening stage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coming out of the pits second, the North Carolina native took the lead from Kevin Harvick on the start …

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Clean Air Dominates Charlotte XFINITY Race

Late Race Restart Charlotte Xfinity 2017 Kevin Harvick And Austin Dillon

Photo Credit : Mike Neff

The advantage of clean air in NASCAR was on full display Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The entire 200-lap XFINITY Series race, the HiSense 4K TV 300, was an exercise in passing on restarts or playing follow-the-leader. Whenever the field was bunched up after cautions, just the first two laps after the drop of the …

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