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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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The Headline(s): Last week at Watkins Glen International, Chase Elliott repeated as the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner at the road course. This week at Michigan International Speedway? Kevin Harvick, who won the 2018 edition of this race, scored his second 2019 win in four weeks in what turned into a fuel mileage …

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Up to Speed: Long Runs or Restarts?

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NASCAR competition at Michigan International Speedway revolves around two elements: long runs and restarts. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was no exception.  Long green-flag runs at the beginning and end of the race shuffled positions at a racetrack where passing has been notoriously difficult.  The middle offered a series of short runs broken …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Consumers Energy 400

Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick look on in 2019 Cup Michigan race. Photo: NKP

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“Hello again, my old friend.” The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway Sunday, Aug. 11 for the Consumers Energy 400. As you may recall, the track is two miles long, but this time the PJ1 traction compound was applied to the outer lane closest to the wall. Cars will be equipped …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Consumers Energy 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its second stop of this season at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, which makes filling out your daily fantasy NASCAR roster just a little bit easier — but it’s still not easy. The Consumers Energy 400 is Sunday, Aug. 11, and TV coverage is provided by NBCSN. In …

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Team Penske, Discount Tire Extend Partnership

2019 Kentucky Mencs Brad Keselowski Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Team Penske has extended its relationship with Discount Tire for multiple years, the team announced Wednesday morning (August 7). Discount Tire will sponsor Brad Keselowski‘s No. 2 Ford Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 15 races under the new deal, up from 10 races currently, including the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Gander RV 400 Edition

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When most people think of the racing at Pocono, they think of a snooze fest or a boring afternoon where the cars run single-file after the first few laps of a restart. But this past Sunday was not the Pocono we have seen for the past few years. With the addition of the PJ1 surface …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Edition

2019 Loudon Mencs Kevin Harvick Victory Lane Nigel Kinrade Photography

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For Kevin Harvick, everyone knew it was coming. We just didn’t know when. New Hampshire was when. Harvick broke a 22-race winless streak and the first for his Stewart-Haas Racing team in 2019. While Harvick was in victory lane, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were frustrated over their races as Hamlin led 113 laps but …

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Brad Keselowski Wins Pole For 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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Brad Keselowski hadn’t won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole since 2017. His Team Penske outfit had won three already this season with Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney heading into Friday’s (July 20) qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Finally, the drought is over for one of the top 2019 MENCS title contenders. Keselowski …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Quaker State 400 Edition

2019 Kentucky Mencs Kyle Busch Driver Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Kurt Busch got some redemption on Saturday night. While lightning struck in Daytona, costing him a potential victory, he was sure not going to be denied in Kentucky. The elder Busch got his first victory of the season as well as bragging rights over beating his little brother for the win. How will this translate …

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Up to Speed: Redemption in the Bluegrass State

2019 Kentucky Mencs Kurt Busch Victory Lane Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway produced the best finish of the 2019 season.  Kurt Busch emerged victorious after a two-lap scramble for the lead with younger brother Kyle and several other drivers.  Kurt’s charge to the lead following an overtime restart capped off a night of redemption for the …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Coke Zero Sugar 400 Edition

2019 Daytona Mencs Busch Brothers Kyle Busch Kurt Busch Car Christian Koelle

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

After getting delayed more than 12 hours due to rain, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was back in action at Daytona International Speedway and did not disappoint. The racing was electric with the threat of rain throughout the day, and when it was all said and done, 20-year-old Justin Haley scored his first career …

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