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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway, Phoenix, AZ USA Friday 9 March 2018 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Sweet Heat World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its first stop in “Thunder Valley” for the Food City 500 on Sunday. The race began as the threat of rain continued to loom, and precipitation interfered with the race three times on Sunday, creating what looked like a long day at the Bristol Motor Speedway. After a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Bristol Two-Day Marathon

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway, Phoenix, AZ USA Friday 9 March 2018 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Sweet Heat World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch is the winningest active driver at Bristol Motor Speedway. He grabbed the win today to make it two in a row in 2018 and two in a row at Bristol. Busch led a race high five times for 117 laps, second only to Kyle Larson. Brad Keselowski won the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Food City 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Still don’t think Darrell Wallace Jr. is the real deal?  Were you watching Monday? Wallace’s 16th-place finish is absolutely not indicative of the day he had, at one point powering his No. 43 past the likes of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. That put him up front where he …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with Weather Woes Once Again in Bristol

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The 2018 racing season has been a tricky one to handle.  Weather has been an issue darn near every week.  The Food City 500 started early on Sunday, then was stopped after 204 laps and pushed to Monday.  Brutal. Food City 500 As announced Saturday, NASCAR moved the start of the Food City 500 up …

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Did You Notice?: A Monster Move For NASCAR Sponsorship

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Did You Notice? … Monster Energy could be the last title sponsor in NASCAR Cup Series history? Tuesday’s one-year extension, through 2019 was huge for a sport that has been hemorrhaging corporate sponsorship at the team level. Adding Monster for one more year after months of indecision finally gives them some financial news to boast about. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

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Returning to the track after Easter’s off weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Texas Motor Speedway where multiple tire failures took center stage. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman were just a few of the big names taken out by Goodyear blowouts. When all was said and done, Kyle Busch …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lone Star Breakdowns

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA USA Friday 24 March 2017 Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

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This weekend’s races at Texas Motor Speedway were a little weird. Saturday’s XFINITY Series race was run in mid-30’s temperatures and featured three cautions in the first fifteen laps. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race started with a wreck on lap 2, and went on to have eight cautions, about a dozen cars in the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Triumphs In Texas For First 2018 Win

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Who’s in the headline After three seconds and a third in the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Kyle Busch finally put it all together Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick down the stretch, Busch became the fifth MENCS winner of 2018 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Racing in Kevin Harvick’s Playground

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway, Phoenix, AZ USA Sunday 11 March 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's and Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Pennzoil World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

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Kyle Busch won the opening stage of the TicketGuardian 500 and led a race-high 128 laps at the newly-renamed ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway), but Kevin Harvick earned his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, and ninth overall at the track, which tied him with Mark Martin at 40 MENCS wins. Harvick …

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5 Points To Ponder: Dominant Harvick Tremendous… Or Tiresome For NASCAR?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA USA Sunday 25 February 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Jimmy John's Ford Fusion wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

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ONE: Harvick On Pace For Record-Setting Start Slaughter, rinse, repeat. For a second straight week, Kevin Harvick laid waste to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field driving a car levels above the competition. Speed, handling, restarts – you name it, Harvick had the edge. Only pit road kept him from leading 240-250 laps; if not for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Beats the Field into Submission at Atlanta

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA USA Sunday 25 February 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Jimmy John's Ford Fusion wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

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Who’s in the headline? While Mother Nature tried hard, she failed to win on Sunday. The race started late, but once it got rolling, it went the distance. Shocking absolutely no one, Kevin Harvick took the lead early in the race and dominated the first stage. Harvick rebounded from a pit lane malfunction to lead …

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Friday Faceoff: Butt Tattoos, Anyone?

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Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 triumph was his second in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, but some people have said he hasn’t won a real race, as his 2017 Coca-Cola 600 win was on fuel mileage and this past weekend was a restrictor plate event. Does he have to win a so-called normal Cup race …

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