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Carl Edwards Captures New Hampshire Cup Pole, 6th of 2016

2016 Darlington Cup Carl Edwards Zach Catanzareti

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Carl Edwards added another pole to his resume on Friday when he turned the fastest lap in the final round of qualifying in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, at 135.453 mph. The No. 19 has started atop the scoring pylon six times in 2016, the most in a single season of …

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5 Points To Ponder: Was Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek Aggression Too Much?

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ONE: A Look At Those Locked In With Darlington in the books, the Chase field for the Sprint Cup Series has gotten substantially clearer. Of the 16 Chase spots, 12 have been tentatively filled by race winners who have clinched finishing the regular season in the top 30. These 12 drivers include, by order of …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Darlington Lineup

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Darlington Raceway on September 4th for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. It’s another throwback weekend at the track “Too Tough to Tame” and nearly every team will be gunning to get its retro scheme into victory lane. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when constructing your …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The First Time Edition

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

If you never think anything good can happen to you… or maybe if that good thing is close to happening, but you think it might not… or maybe if you’re afraid to take the one chance to make that good thing happen — then all three of NASCAR’s major races this weekend were for you, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Larson Comes Away with First Sprint Cup Win at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – Shouldering the label of best not to do something can be a heavy burden. For 98 Cup races, Kyle Larson took the green flag but was not the first one to see the checkered. After eight top 5s and 17 top 10s as a rookie, it seemed inevitable that Larson …

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NASCAR’s Youth Finally Break Through in the Irish Hills

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For much of 2016 — and 2015, 2014 and 2013 for some drivers — fans, teams and critics alike have waited for one of NASCAR’s upcoming stars to soar above the field for a breakthrough win. While we were all treated to one with Chris Buescher’s weather-shortened win at Pocono Raceway, the wait continued for one …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kevin Harvick Wins 24 Hours of Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – A funny thing happened on the way to crowning one of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers (or affiliate team) the 2016 Sprint Cup champion: the 2014 winner issued a statement at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick has had some strong cars this season, but the runs were derailed through a …

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Austin Dillon Outlasts the Field for Food City 300 Win

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For Austin Dillon, leading the NASCAR XFINITY Series field to the green flag for NASCAR Overtime on Friday must’ve felt surreal. After all, Dillon had been running fourth before the previous caution. However, when Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon crashed out, and leader Brad Keselowski ran out of fuel, there the elder Dillon brother sat. In …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

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Who… Gets My Shoutout of the Race? This week’s shoutout goes to the staff at Watkins Glen International, including track president Michael Printup.  Many years ago, Watkins Glen was known as the race with the lowest purse on the calendar and maybe not the most exciting action. Also, the facilities weren’t exactly the greatest.  During …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Dillon Building on Momentum with RCR

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The cowboy-hat-and-sunglasses look is one that is natural for Austin Dillon. The North Carolina native walked around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Friday morning as smooth as silk, casually signing autographs and pausing momentarily to take pictures with fans. But the former Camping World Truck and XFINITY series champion is much more relaxed than …

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Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

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The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, July 17th for the New Hampshire 301. Maintaining track position and optimizing fuel mileage are just two of the many challenges behind finding success at the “Magic Mile”. The biggest story line going into the New Hampshire 301 this weekend is the surprising …

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