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Did You Notice: Old Dog, New Tricks? Kevin Harvick Rewriting NASCAR History at 44

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Did You Notice? … Kevin Harvick is on pace for a historic year? Harvick, who turned 44 years old in December, is rewriting the NASCAR history books for a driver his age. Consider how rare it is to begin with for an athlete to peak at this point in their career. Only one golfer older than …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Michigan Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Kevin Harvick swept the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday (Aug. 8) and the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday (Aug. 9) at Michigan International Speedway. He’s now won four out of the last six NASCAR Cup Series races held at the two-mile oval. Harvick was the dominant car in both events, leading the most …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth, Erik Jones & the Cost of Driver Development

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Back in the summer of 2017, change was afoot at Joe Gibbs Racing.  During Kentucky Speedway’s race weekend, Matt Kenseth publicly announced that he would not be returning to the No. 20 Toyota in 2018.  Several days later, JGR confirmed that Erik Jones would move over from Furniture Row Racing to replace him. The impending …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the FireKeepers Casino 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick had the strongest car all race long and shot around Brad Keselowski in overtime to win his third race out of the past four at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 8. After several restarts due to incidents, Harvick finally was passed late in the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Michigan Stats & the Drivers Who Own Them

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There are a lot of ways to break down a race weekend afterward. Traditional statistics, loop data and subjective analysis all come into play. But those are also things that are important to look at entering a race weekend. It gives fans an idea of who might perform well when you couple the numbers with …

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5 Points to Ponder: Does It Actually Matter if Jimmie Johnson Doesn’t Win Again?

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Does It Matter if Jimmie Doesn’t Win Again? In the past few months (and to be fair, years), we’ve seen a lot of column inches dedicated to the simple question of when Jimmie Johnson will add to his 83-race win total. For those of a mathematical persuasion, the streak has now reached an incredible 114 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire

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What happened? Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 2) after pulling away from Denny Hamlin on a long, final green-flag run. Keselowski led a race-high 184 laps en route to his third NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2020. Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Kevin …

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Up to Speed: What is William Byron’s NASCAR Ceiling?

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William Byron is back in familiar territory.  One year ago, 20 races into the regular season, he was 12th in overall points and fighting to solidify a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Holding a 61-point advantage over the cutline leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Byron continued his rebound from a rough start to …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Jimmie Johnson Stumbling To The Finish Line Of Cup Career

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Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race (Aug. 2) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway won by Brad Keselowski was surprisingly… badass. Let’s not forget, NHMS gets a lot of flack for how difficult it can be to pass there. Jimmie Johnson found out the hard way (more on that later). New Hampshire’s rough history, though, was thrown …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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On Sunday, August 2, the NASCAR Cup Series will make the trip up to The Granite State for 301 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Loudon will mark the 20th event of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. The playoffs look a little different than last week at Kansas Speedway. Jimmie Johnson wrecked out, which …

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Fire on Fridays: Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson Declines Aren’t Comparable

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There’s been a lot of comparisons lately between the long winless droughts at the end of the careers of fellow seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson. Petty went winless in his last eight seasons, while Johnson hasn’t been to victory lane since June 2017, both a far cry from their primes. …

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