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Martin Truex Jr. Survives Fuel Game for Watkins Glen Win

2017 Cup Watkins Glen Zach Catanzareti Martin Truex Jr.

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For the second straight year, Martin Truex Jr. was the talk of the town in the final lap at Watkins Glen International. With last year’s race ending with Truex spinning in the final corner from second spot, 2017 gave Truex a race victory, as he held off Matt Kenseth in a dramatic fuel game to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Far will Ryan Preece’s win Propel Him?

Ryan Preece Iowa

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When a XFINITY Series regular wins a XFINITY race, it’s a pretty big deal nowadays. It sounds like an oxymoron, but when you have the likes of former Cup champions in Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and others running almost every week, it makes those victories that much more special. But what Ryan Preece did …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 22 Down, One to Go as Kyle Busch Knocks Pocono Off of Winless List

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Who’s in the headline – There are 23 racetracks on the Cup schedule. After Kyle Busch’s win at Pocono Raceway this weekend, he has a points-paying victory at every track on the current schedule except for Charlotte Motor Speedway. It had been 36 races since Busch won a Cup race but the much-maligned slump is finally …

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Up to Speed: Pointing Toward the NASCAR Playoffs

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The second half of July has shaken up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field.  Going into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 16-driver grid consisted of 10 postseason-eligible winners.  That left six spots open for drivers to get in on points. Two of those racers, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray, stood 89 and 74 points …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The Overton’s 400

2017 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Clint Bowyer

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Who… Gets the shout-out of the race? Kyle Busch may have won the battle Sunday, earning his first victory of the year in Sunday’s Overton’s 400. But Clint Bowyer put himself in position to win the war. Just one week after a devastating wreck at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dropping himself out of playoff position, Bowyer and his No. …

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Daniel Suarez on a Roll, Scoring Third Straight Top-10 Finish

2017 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Daniel Suarez

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Leading up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Daniel Suarez had four top-10 finishes through the first half of his rookie season. Since then, the No. 19 team has been on a hot streak. At New Hampshire, Suarez overcame a bunch of strategy to finish sixth. Last weekend at the Brickyard 400, the …

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Pocono Fan Fest Success from All Sides

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Pocono Raceway held it’s first annual NASCAR Fan Fest Friday evening, with several top names in the sport coming out and interacting with the fans. From signing autographs to taking pictures and even pretending to be rap star Eminem, it was a positive experience for most folks in attendance. At the Fest, held at the Infield Block …

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NASCAR 101: International Racers in 2017

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NASCAR is looking for some international flavor, and its diversity program is attempting to sway the sport in a direction similar to the Verizon IndyCar Series. International stock car drivers are rare, and ones with the funding to bring them to America to race in one of NASCAR’s top three series is a feat that’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered By DraftKings: Brickyard 400 Preview

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Your latest daily fantasy NASCAR showdown sees cars hit the track on Saturday at 9 a.m. for first practice, and then at 6:15 p.m. for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Here are …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Need a Win to Make the Playoffs & Can Actually Get One

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Monster Energy Nascar All Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Nc Usa Friday 19 May 2017 Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing, Motorcraft/quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion And Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas Automation Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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There are just seven races left for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to earn a spot in the season playoffs, and with 11 in on race wins, the competition for the five remaining spots is hot and heavy. A few drivers—Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray—look like they’ll make it in on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Denny Hamlin Overcomes Crustacean Fear for First Win of 2017 at Loudon

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing went past the halfway point of the season without a victory. That changed in the first race of the second half as Denny Hamlin took advantage of some strategy calls and track conditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his first win of the season. Hamlin …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Overton’s 301

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Daniel Suarez tied a career-high sixth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He ran well inside the top 10 throughout the race and was the top finishing rookie. Suarez is now 20 points behind Erik Jones for the top rookie in the standings, sitting 18th overall. Much like his …

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