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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Michigan

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday for the FireKeepers 400. Though the race was cut short due to rain, we learned a lot about who’s stepping up their game in their manufacturer’s backyard. Ford put on an overwhelming performance at the front while Toyota wasn’t too far behind. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Race Until the Rain

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's #14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Haas 30 Years Of The Vf1 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Whether or not their competition is ready, the Ford Fusions of Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske are still by far the class of the field in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. After a two-hour delay for the start of Sunday’s race (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway, the Fords joined all other …

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Up to Speed: A New Challenge for Old Teammates

2018 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Clint Bowyer

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In 2014, Kevin Harvick left his longtime home at Richard Childress Racing for an opportunity to drive for his old pal, Tony Stewart.  Three years later, another familiar face showed up at Stewart-Haas Racing in Clint Bowyer. Harvick and Bowyer had been teammates before.  Back in 2006, Bowyer joined RCR’s Cup Series lineup as a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Clint Bowyer Rides Strategy & Heavy Foot to Michigan Win

2018 Cup Richmond Clint Bowyer Zach Catanzareti

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Who’s in the headline Mother Nature ran the show on Sunday (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway and, in the end, dropped the curtain early on the race. Clint Bowyer used a two-tire stop after stage two and then some valiant driving when the race resumed hanging onto the point. The rain came shortly after …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 FireKeepers Casino 400

Kasey Kahne

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While his finish didn’t necessarily reflect the effort, for a driver for a very small, underfunded team to lead several laps on the day is an accomplishment in itself.  Kasey Kahne started 29th and finished 23rd, but somewhere in the middle, he led twice for a total of …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Pocono

#78: Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy Wins Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traveled to the Tricky Triangle, Pocono Raceway, for the Pocono 400 on Sunday (June 3). As the series begins painting the picture for the summer, it’s doing the same for the playoffs. With 10 positions left, Pocono could’ve given the opportunity for someone to punch their ticket to the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Who Will Be NASCAR’s Fantastic Fourth?

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Denny Hamlin Kyle Larson Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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ONE: Who can challenge NASCAR’s big three? Conventional wisdom — and dominant form on track — suggests Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. will be three of the four drivers that compete for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018. Of course, plenty can happen in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Pocono 400

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Daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Pocono 400. Sunday’s race is the first of two Tricky Triangle events on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega Superspeedway a few weeks ago and it will continue on throughout the 2018 season. Go …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Halfway Through Regular Season

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR is halfway through the 26-race regular season? Year one post-Dale Earnhardt Jr. has come with an expected ratings and attendance decline. But as the sport attempts to move forward, perhaps its biggest 2018 storyline is stagnancy at the top. Three of last year’s Championship 4: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and reigning champion …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 59th annual 600-mile event. When you look at the list of NASCAR Hall of Famers, most of them have at least one Coca-Cola 600 victory on their résumé. Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace are just a few …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

2018 Cup Kansas Willim Byron Wrecker Rick Lunkenheimer

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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