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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Look Back at NASCAR 2018 and a Glimpse Ahead

Joey Logano & Team Penske 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Champions

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline When it was all said and done at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was Joey Logano holding up the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano was the least decorated of the four finalists but was running as well as anyone when the final four races of the season took place. Unlike …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Ford EcoBoost 400

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Friday 23 February 2018 Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Menards / Moen Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Championship weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series marks the end of the fantasy racing season. On FanDuel, this is the last chance to win big and ride into the offseason with some money in the bank. The Championship 4 drivers are getting all the hype, and are all pretty similar in speed this …

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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

2017 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

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1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Forced to Deal With Lack of NASCAR Texas Action

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Aaa Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 3 November 2017 Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas Automation/monster Energy Ford Fusion World Copyright: John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Since Texas Motor Speedway was repaved prior to last year, races there have been rather tepid.  Sunday’s (Nov. 4) AAA Texas 500 was the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race out of four to have exactly 16 lead changes.  That total’s already low but a lot of those 16 changes also came by way …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1, Celebrates In Victory Lane

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Beer Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 First Data 500

2018 Martinsville Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Amy Henderson

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sunday’s race was hard-fought for every position.  At times, groups of five or six drivers would be pushing for the same square of real estate and there was often more take than give.  Through all of it, Daniel Suarez drove like a veteran.  Qualifying eighth, Suarez got shuffled …

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Chase Elliott Benefits From Kevin Harvick Penalty to Win Hollywood Casino 400

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott

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Kevin Harvick’s loss was Chase Elliott’s gain… all over again. For the second time in three weeks, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was decided by pit road. Elliott benefitted from a Harvick penalty to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday (Oct. 21) at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was in a strong position to …

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Friday Faceoff: Is There Such a Thing As Home Track Advantage?

Clint Bowyer sits in the garage area at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

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1. Stewart-Haas Racing has put all four of its cars in Victory Lane this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Prior to this year, what was the best overall season by a multi-car team? How does that team compare to the 2018 stats put up by SHR?  Michael Massie:  Even with SHR’s dominance, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Hollywood Casino 400

Kevin Harvick 1000bulbs.com 500 Final Practice

Better day ahead in Kansas than Talladega for Kevin Harvick? (Photo: Christian Koelle)

The final race in the Round of 12 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs starts this Sunday (Oct. 21) with the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. The green flag flies at 2:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Championship contenders will be battling with those still seeking a ride in 2019 on this 1.5-mile …

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Did You Notice?: Big Three Taking a Back Seat During NASCAR Playoffs… So Far

2018 Cup New Hampshire Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The Big Three have yet to dominate in the playoffs the way they did during NASCAR’s regular season? On paper, the points look good for Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. They’ll each advance to the Round of 8 at Kansas Speedway unless there’s some major catastrophe. But this trio has combined …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings After Talladega II

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The cream always rises to the top during the NASCAR Playoffs and on Sunday (Oct. 14), that was exactly what happened. Stewart-Haas Racing made a statement at Talladega that they aren’t to be overlooked, especially after their collapse at Dover. The remainder of the field was two steps behind the SHR organization and they must …

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