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Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray Lead Talladega Cup Practice Sessions

2018 Daytona Cup Bruce Nuttleman Ty Dillon

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Ty Dillon and Jamie McMurray each led a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday (April 27) at Talladega Superspeedway. Dillon was fastest during the first session while McMurray turned the fastest lap during an eventful final practice for Sunday’s GEICO 500. Dillon turned the fastest lap during the first session with a 202.959 mph lap …

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Jamie McMurray Barrel Rolls During Final Cup Practice at Talladega

2018 Cup Texas Jamie Mcmurray Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday (April 27) at Talladega Superspeedway was not without its fireworks. With a little less than 30 minutes remaining in final practice at Talladega, Jamie McMurray lost a left rear tire. As his No. 1 began to spin, air went under the car and lifted it up and over …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Further Limit Cup Drivers In Its Lower Series?

2018 Cup Bristol Zach Catanzareti Austin Dillon Ty Dillon

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Names should be made here NASCAR touts its XFINITY  and Camping World Truck Series tours as places where the next group of stars comes from. The current drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all participated in one — or in most cases, both —  prior to landing a seat at the top level. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

2018 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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

2018 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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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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The Big 6: Questions After the 2018 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

2018 Cup Texas Jamie Mcmurray Car Rick Lunkenheimer

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? With finishes of 16th, 19th, 36th, 26th, 17th and 26th to open the season ahead of last weekend’s Easter break, Jamie McMurray was looking rough nearly a quarter of the way through NASCAR’s regular season. Sitting 26th in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points with little sign of …

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Up to Speed: Disparate Results for Chip Ganassi Racing

2018 Jamie Mcmurray Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Up until Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray’s 2018 season had been one disastrous race after another. His teammate, Kyle Larson, had enjoyed mostly good results this year, managing to avoid major trouble in any of the first six races. But in the Lone Star State, Chip Ganassi’s drivers found …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s Been the Biggest Surprise of 2018?

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Aric Almirola John K Harrelson Nkp

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Clint Bowyer’s win at Martinsville Speedway snapped a 190-race winless streak. Who is most likely to be the next driver who has already won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to snap his long winless drought? Christian Koelle: Paul Menard is really impressing me over at Wood Brothers Racing. That car has some speed, and …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

2018 Cup Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse Jr

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Longest Streaks Between Cup Wins

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Clint Bowyer‘s 190-race winless streak was nothing to shake a stick at. At the time, it was the second-longest losing run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers who had won previously, bested (or, uh, whatever the negative-connotation version of that word is) by Paul Menard, whose streak out of Victory Lane …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Blowout Problem

2018 Cup Auto Club Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy Celebrates His Win With A Burnout

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR winners aren’t just squeaking into Victory Lane — they’re rolling over their competition. Three of five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been won by 2.5 seconds or more. Martin Truex Jr. coasted to the win at Auto Club Speedway by nearly 12 seconds Sunday; only 10 …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Anybody Stop Kevin Harvick?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Friday 9 March 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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Can Kyle Larson stop Kevin Harvick from winning four in a row? Kevin Harvick enters Auto Club Speedway this weekend chasing history. Jimmie Johnson was the last driver to win four Cup Series races in a row, winning four during the 2007 playoffs en-route to his second Cup championship. History records that Richard Petty won …

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