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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: A New Season Dawns

#21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center And #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Chocolate Bar

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With Daytona 500 qualifying out of the way, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has officially gotten underway. Jimmie Johnson claimed the victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, after passing Paul Menard on lap 55 of what ultimately became a 59-lap rain-shortened event. The good news for the No. 48 team was …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2018 Cup New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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In his sixth full season at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. regressed a touch. That came after a career year in 2017 which included his first two victories at the top echelon in a stretch of just eight midseason races. His maiden win came at Talladega Superspeedway …

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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

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1, Celebrates In Victory Lane

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Top Final Cup Practices in Texas.

#17: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Fastenal

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Aric Almirola topped the charts with a top speed of 193.854 mph over Kyle Busch in second. Clint Bowyer has a lot of points to make up in order to make it Miami without a win was third in Practice Two. Brad Keselowski had the fastest average speed in the session had the fourth fastest …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Aric Almirola Finally in Victory Lane After Stewart-Haas Domination at Talladega

Aric Almirola 1000bulbs.com 500 Victory Lane

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Who’s in the headline There is domination by drivers and domination by teams. Sunday was total domination by the Stewart-Haas Racing organization. They won every stage and the race with a different driver doing each, and the driver who didn’t win any of them finished second in all three. In the end, fuel mileage bit …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 1000Bulbs.com 500

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The Round of 12 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series resumes this Sunday with the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The green flag flies on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. FanDuel has put more emphasis on finishing position than …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Dover Chase Elliott

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Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte ROVAL Brings Chaos, Excitement

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

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Coming into this ROVAL experiment at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I was hesitantly in favor of NASCAR adding more road course layouts to tedious ovals. After the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday, I’m a believer. (Sorry if the Monkees are now stuck in your head.) It was also the elimination race …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards/pennzoil Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sweeps Up at Richmond

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch has the most wins of any active driver at Richmond Raceway, but prior to this spring, it had been five years since he won a race there. He had also never won a fall race at the Virginia short-track. Not only did Busch win the spring race earlier this …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Las Vegas Edition

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, New Hampshire

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Brad Keselowski scored his third win in a row as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicked off their 2018 playoffs with a return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the South Point 400. The race went into overtime, lasting five laps longer than its scheduled 267-lap distance, and featured plenty of carnage and mayhem …

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