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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Playoff Overload On NBC At Phoenix

2018 Phoenix Cup Kevin Harvick Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The revamped ISM Raceway brought a number of new elements to the package.  For one, there is a Modern Margarita stand just outside of Victory Lane.  Also, the place was so full of locked gates that the Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 drivers couldn’t get to the Media Center for their press conference Friday …

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Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Must Look Forward

2018 Cup Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kevin Harvick

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

One week ago, Kevin Harvick looked like the odds-on favorite to win a second championship in NASCAR’s top division.  In fact, he rolled to a convincing victory at Texas Motor Speedway, winning both stages in the process.  Kyle Busch, likely Harvick’s biggest title threat, was a little bit off all day.  He finished an uninspiring …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

2018 Cup Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

2017 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cousin Carl’s Return & Trevor Bayne’s Last Hurrah

2016 Chicago Cup Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

ONE: Two Into Six Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have already booked their spots in the Championship 4 and will race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in two weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, Chase Elliott (-39 points) Aric Almirola (-57 pts) and Clint Bowyer (-72pts) have to win to …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Take 2 in Texas

Richard Childress and Austin Dillon together during a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in New Hampshire (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In what seemed inevitable since the season began, Kevin Harvick officially punched his ticket into the Championship 4 with an overtime victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 on Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Harvick joins Team Penske’s Joey Logano as drivers running for the title, ensuring …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 AAA Texas 500

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Kevin Harvick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On paper, it doesn’t look like much of a race, starting and finishing in seventh spot. In terms of the playoffs, it wasn’t. But for Kurt Busch, Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas was a good day. While Busch didn’t lead a lap (he nosed ahead of Kevin Harvick …

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Up to Speed: What Does Kurt Busch Do Now?

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Dover Kurt Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

During the autumn of 2018, most of the chatter surrounding Kurt Busch has been speculation about his future.  But in the present, Busch is still right in the thick of the championship battle. Busch has been quietly putting up good results during the postseason.  He nearly earned his second victory of the year at Talladega …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: AAA Texas 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

Kevin Harvick should be a good pick for Texas (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs resumes this Sunday (Nov. 4) with the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The green flag flies Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Just three total races remain for daily fantasy and the 2018 MENCS season. Here are the rules for …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest Finishes Ever

2018 Xfinity Dover Zach Catanzareti Matt Tifft Ross Chastain

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

1. NASCAR Cup Series: 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400; 0.002 seconds With five laps to go at Darlington Raceway, Darrell Waltrip said that if Ricky Craven could catch leader Kurt Busch, it would be “really, really exciting.” Truer words have never been spoken. The finish in this race was nothing short of spectacular. Craven and …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Beer Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look Bump Coverage and Kurt Busch in the Booth

Johnny Sauter 2018 Texas Roadhouse 200 Race

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Martinsville is an interesting place.  By anyone’s standards, it is not the kind of place that would normally host a major event.  It’s a small independent city of less than 15,000 people (as of the last census) that is off the beaten path.  The track itself is technically inside of a neighborhood with people living …

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