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Up to Speed: NASCAR Stages Mean Less Strategy at Sonoma

Martin Truex Jr. Sonoma 2018 Cup Danny Peters

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The key to Martin Truex Jr.’s victory Sunday (June 24) at Sonoma Raceway was a pit stop that did not happen.  Cole Pearn, Truex’s crew chief, appeared to call the No. 78 to pit road late in the race, only to have the driver stay out for several more laps.  When Truex did pit later …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Toyota/Save Mart 350

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NASCAR goes road racing for the first time this season with Sunday’s stop (June 24) at Sonoma Raceway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the green flag for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega Superspeedway in April and it will continue …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Leads Both Sonoma Practices Friday

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Kurt Busch Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Stewart-Haas Racing continued showing their strong hand in Friday’s practices for Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350. Clint Bowyer, the last driver to win in the Cup series, led first practice while his SHR teammate Kurt Busch led the second session. Bowyer led the way in the 75-minute session and put his No. 14 on top …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Did NASCAR Decide On No All-Star Package?

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Why did NASCAR decide there would be no restrictor-plate package for the rest of 2018? On Thursday (June 21), NASCAR announced that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will not be using the experimental high-downforce restrictor plate aero package after about a month of hemming and hawing about it. Was it the right decision? It’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Toyota/Save Mart 350

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA USA Sunday 25 June 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Mobil 1 Ford Fusion World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

NASCAR goes road racing for the first time this season with Sunday’s stop (June 24) at Sonoma Raceway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the green flag for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega Superspeedway in April and it will continue …

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Up to Speed: Joey Logano is the 4th Contender

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The midway point of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has come and gone.  With its yearly NASCAR broadcast schedule drawing to a close, FOX’s analysts have kicked off their end-of-year predictions and begun to share their thoughts about who will reach the championship race this November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While nobody should be …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch Top NASCAR Off Week 2 Retrospective

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Who’s in the headline The most dominant car of the season has been the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick. Harvick has five wins along with the All-Star Race this season. Kyle Busch has four race victories and is the current points leader by 75 over Harvick. Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer have two wins …

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4 Burning Questions: Should Iowa Host A Cup Race?

Nascar Xfinity Series U.s. Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Ia Usa Saturday 29 July 2017 Brian Scott, Daniel Defense Chevrolet Camaro, Brendan Gaughan, Us Cellular Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

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Should Iowa Speedway be on the Cup Series calendar? Once the current track deals run out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one track NASCAR will be taking a very close look at will be the Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile track based in Newton, IA, was designed by Rusty Wallace and heavily based off …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

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1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it takes a lot (television, tracks, …

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NASCAR 101: The Best at Each Cup Track (Without a Win)

2018 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

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Last week, this space covered the NASCAR drivers who’ve won at the most tracks on the national series schedules. It was a largely Kyle Busch-dominated affair — and with good reason; after all, he’s won at all tracks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has competed on to date, with the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Cole Custer Breaks Down Plate Racing & Success at Stewart-Haas Racing

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a soggy weekend of racing with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Ford in the XFINITY Series for Stewart-Haas Racing. Austin Dillon won the XFINITY race at Michigan, as the series ran restrictor plates for the second consecutive week. The first stage …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Clint Bowyer a Legitimate Championship Contender?

#14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Haas 30 Years Of The Vf1 Wins Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Is there anything more entertaining than a Clint Bowyer Victory Lane? Earning his second race win of 2018 — his first multi-victory season since 2012 — Bowyer’s post-race celebrations and antics from Michigan International Speedway flooded social media and his loud, exuberant interviews could be heard in Scotland. Clint Bowyer really likes winning before an …

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